Prep 10 mins
Cook 40 mins
Sloppy Joes are perfect winter comfort food. But what if you're serving a crowd and want to keep costs low? Snobby Joes to the rescue. Made with lentils instead of ground beef, Snobby Joes are a family favorite at my house. They cook up quickly and taste just as good as the real deal.
- 1 cup dry lentils
- 4 cups water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped (or any other color)
- 2 -3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon chili powder (or more to taste)
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1⁄4 cup tomato paste
- 1 -2 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon brown mustard
- Pour lentils and water into saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Lower the temperature and simmer for 20 minutes until lentils are cooked soft.
- About 10 minutes after you lower the temperature on the lentils, sauté onions over medium-high heat in a large saucepan until slightly softened.
- Add the peppers and garlic and continue sautéing until the peppers and garlic are soft and the onions are starting to get golden in color.
- Shake in cumin and chili powder and mix well.
- Strain the cooked lentils and pour into the pan with the onions. Stir together.
- Add tomato paste, tomato sauce, mustard and brown sugar and continue cooking for about 10 minutes.
- Lower the temperature to minimal heat and keep warm until you're ready to eat (the longer it sits, the more flavors will meld together).
- Serve your Snobby Joes in pita, a hamburger bun, or over rice.