Lentil Sloppy Joes
photo by VeggiesByCandlelight
- Ready In:
- 1 cup uncooked lentils
- 4 cups boston lager beer or 4 cups dark ale beer
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced small
- 1 green pepper, diced small
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1 (15 ounce) can crushed fire-roasted tomatoes
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
- 4 whole wheat hamburger buns
- Put the lentils in a small sauce pot and pour in 4 cups beer. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, until lentils are soft. Drain and set aside.
- About 10 minutes before the lentils are done boiling, preheat a medium sauce pan pot over medium heat. Saute the onion and pepper in the oil (~ 7 minutes), until softened.
- Add the garlic and saute a minute more.
- Add the cooked lentils, and the the rest of the spices (except the maple syrup & dried mustard). Stir gently until just combined.
- Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste. Cook for about 10 minutes.
- Add the maple syrup and mustard and heat through.
- Turn the heat off and let sit for about 10 minutes, so that the flavors can meld, or go ahead and eat immediately if you can’t wait. I like to serve these open faced, with a scoop of sloppy joe on each slice of the bun.
I didn't have beer on hand so used vegetable broth. At the suggestion of my husband who thinks lentils are "not enough" we added some kidney beans. It gave it a "meatier" texture. Certainly less messy eating this as an open-faced sandwich. Flavor was even better the next day. Both of us enjoyed and will be keeping this in rotation!