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Sloppy (Vegan) Joes

Vegan Sloppy Joe

A vegan sloppy joe and some fries… yum!

I can’t even think about this yummy sandwich without that Adam Sandler song popping into my head. I’ve literally been walking around with “Schloppy joes… schlop, schloppy joes” stuck in there since last weekend when I first put these ingredients on my shopping list! But that’s okay- nothing can get me down this week because my foot is getting better! That’s right, I’m out of my walking boot and almost read to do this:

Vegan snowboarder

Me, resting at the bottom of the run. And yes, that collar is faux fur!

Even standing still I look totally badass on that thing, right? It’s not all me though, the fact that the board and bindings (and boots and gloves and goggles) have pink on them helps. (10 pts to anyone who can guess my favorite color!)

I hadn’t made these in a while, but Bianca over at Vegan Crunk blogged about some last month and it reminded me. I don’t have the recipe she used so I stuck with mine, but she mentioned pickles and that intrigued me, so I added some of those little babies in- and they were awesome! They add a little crunch and a little zing which is just what my sandwich needed. I took a jar of regular dill chips and poured out a whole bunch of the juice (about 1/4), and filled it back up with Sriracha and then just let them sit in the fridge until I needed them. Then I chopped a few up and sprinkled on my sammy. Perfection! The idea came from a jar of Rick’s Picks that I had ordered for Jason last summer, which turned out to be not-at-all vegan, unfortunately. (Side note: WhyTF do pickles need anchovy guts in them??)  I served them up with  side of Alexia fries because I’m totally addicted, and then proceeded to stuff my face!

Vegan Sloppy Joes
Serves 4
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  1. 1 medium onion, chopped fairly small (but not diced)
  2. 1 green bell pepper, chopped about the same as the onion
  3. 1 medium tomato, chopped WITH all the juice
  4. 1 15oz can of refried beans
  5. About 1/2 a can of kidney beans
  6. 2 T Bragg's liquid aminos
  7. 1/3 cup quick oats
  8. 1/4 cup water (plus a few more tablespoons)
  9. 2 T spicy brown mustard
  10. 1-2 T chili powder, depending on taste
  11. 1 t paprika
  12. 10-12 pickles, diced
  1. Saute onions and peppers in water until soft, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low.
  2. Add everything else into the same pan, and cover, stirring occasionally until heated through. You may want to add a few more tablespoons of water to get the right consistency. Using a rubber spatula, make sure and scrape the sides of the pan every time you stir, or else the edges will get dried out.
  3. Serve on buns and top with some spicy pickles, and maybe a dab more spicy mustard!
  1. ETA: I went with just one T of chili powder, and mixed extra into my husband's portion... A lot of people like the heat, but I'd recommend starting with 1 T, tasting, then add more 🙂
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  • Vegan Thyme (Kelly) January 18, 2012, 9:03 am

    Okay, I am 1) now craving a sloppy joe, and 2) missing Colorado more than ever! (I lived in Denver for a short time). So very jealous. But LOVE that sammich recipe.

    • Barb January 18, 2012, 10:55 am

      Thanks Kelly! Did you bake as much when you lived in Denver? Because I swear, sometimes baking at this altitude will break your heart!

  • Bianca- Vegan Crunk January 18, 2012, 2:06 pm

    Yea! Pickles in a sloppy joe = awesome!! And we totally do that sriracha trick with our pickles too! My boyfriend poured some sriracha in a pickle jar one day, and we left it in the fridge to marinate. The pickles were spicy and delicious!

    • Barb January 19, 2012, 7:49 pm

      Spicy pickles are my new favorite thing!

  • Hannah (BitterSweet) January 18, 2012, 4:53 pm

    Well thank god I don’t know the sloppy joe song- I can’t stand Adam Sandler. Yeeesh…

    Anyhow, this recipe looks way better than all that, even though I’ve only made and eaten sloppy joes once in my life. I’m intrigued by the inclusion of oats!

  • Reia January 18, 2012, 10:42 pm

    How funny; I was going to make sloppy joes tomorrow night using an older recipe that involved soy crumbles, before I even realized you had posted this! I’m going to make these instead, of course!
    And sorry about the Rick’s Pics…i take full blame for that 🙂

  • Mandy January 19, 2012, 3:18 pm

    Snowboarding looks like fun, but I’m to scared to try 🙂 Those sloppy joe’s look really good though. I love being able to enjoy the vegan version of an old fave!

  • Reia January 19, 2012, 7:46 pm

    We have a winner! I made these tonight, and they were great! Even Robert said ‘these aren’t too bad’ which is Robert-speak for ‘i would eat these again if you made them’ He especially loved the pickles. I would not believe that this would have a classic sloppy joe taste, but it did, and it was delicious and filing. We had ours with Alexan rosemary, garlic and salt fries 🙂

    • Barb January 19, 2012, 7:50 pm

      I think that’s actually Robert-speak for “I love these!” 🙂

  • Lauren January 20, 2012, 9:02 am

    I’m still traumatized from that pickle incident.

  • Heather January 20, 2012, 9:32 am

    I totally have that song stuck in my head now 🙂

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