Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

vegetarian sloppy joes

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.

vegetarian sloppy joes

vegetarian sloppy joes

My big tip is to toast your buns! This makes all the difference and helps the bread hold up to the sloppy joes mix.

vegetarian sloppy joes

vegetarian sloppy joes

You could easily make this a Vegan Sloppy Joes by just tweaking one or two things and these main ingredients are also kosher.

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

6 servings

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

You can kick this up a notch by adding some hot pepper flakes. Cheese is also a nice addition.


  • 1 lb veggie protein crumbles (I used Lightlife Smart Ground original)
  • 1 1/3 c salsa (I used Naked Infusions Fire Roasted Garlic)
  • 1 can (10 oz) condensed tomato soup
  • 1 Tb brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • hamburger buns


  1. Add soy crumbles to a large skillet and start warming over a medium heat.
  2. Add in salsa and soup, stir.
  3. Add in brown sugar and worcestershire sauce, stir.
  4. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until mixture thickens to your liking.
  5. Meanwhile, add a little butter to your buns and toast butter-side down on a separate griddle or skillet.
  6. Serve warm.

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    Teri Davy
    June 28, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    does it need to be the crumbles for texture, or have you tried it with TVP?
    Thanks for the recipe. Now I just need some of your salsa!

    • Reply
      Farm to Table
      June 29, 2014 at 6:07 am

      Hi Teri. I haven’t tried it with TVP but would like to know how that holds up. Please let me know if you do the recipe with that. This salsa really is great for this recipe because of it’s consistency. 🙂

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