This Vegetarian Sloppy Joes is so quick and easy to make. It’s perfect when you don’t have a lot of time but still want a home cooked meal for the family. The key to getting great flavor in fewer steps is the salsa I used instead of a sloppy joe mix, or ketchup and added chopped ingredients. Use your favorite salsa, but my go to one for this dish is Naked Infusions Fire Roasted Garlic Salsa. This adds just the right kick of heat and garlic. (Besides Naked Infusion Salsa tasting great, they are organic, non-GMO, vegan, and have no added sugar!)
My ‘meat’ choice is Lightlife Smart Ground soy crumbles, another vegan, non-GMO, product that I use all the time in place of ground beef. (I’ve been known to trick some palettes with this soy product, never letting on that they weren’t eating meat! Shhhhh….)
I love when I heat soy crumbles to ‘brown’ them – there is no fatty yuckiness to drain off! Heat up your ‘meat’, add in the salsa, condensed tomato soup, and a smidge of brown sugar and worcestershire sauce. Simmer 10-15 minutes until thickened up a bit. I don’t like my sloppy joes too sloppy so I’m closer to that 15 minute mark.
My big tip is to toast your buns! This makes all the difference and helps the bread hold up to the sloppy joes mix.
You could easily make this a Vegan Sloppy Joes by just tweaking one or two things and these main ingredients are also kosher.