30 Minute Vegan Sloppy Joe’s

Throwback to my Youth

I remember growing up and going to PLASP (which looking back I have not idea what it stood for). It was an after school program and they often fed us meals. I remember being in day cares and day homes and going to friends homes for dinners – the ultimate kid friendly meal in my memory is SLOPPY JOES!

They are everything I loved as a kid, yummy, messy and kind of a junk food dinner 😉 As I am no longer an 8 year old girl and also attempting to do a flexitarian diet I was so thrilled to find these VEGAN, HEALTHY, HIGH PROTEIN versions of my child hood favourite – the sloppy joe.

30 minute tempeh & chickpea sloppy joes

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Yield: 6


1 teaspoon olive oil

1/4 cup diced onion

1 clove garlic, minced

1 (8 oz) package tempeh, crumbled

1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 cup marinara sauce

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 tablespoon ketchup

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoons tamari

1 teaspoon chili powder

3/4 teaspoons smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon mustard powder

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

6 hamburger buns

Coleslaw for topping, optional


Heat a large pan over medium heat and add olive oil and onion.  Cook onion for 2 minutes and then add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.

Add in crumbled tempeh and cook until browned, 3-4 minutes.

Next add in all the remaining ingredients, including the chickpeas, stir until combined and cook until everything is heated through, about 10 minutes.

Scoop sloppy Joe mixture onto buns and top with coleslaw, if desired.

Thank you to She Likes Food for providing me with the original recipe.

I followed this recipe exactly as it is – but used homemade marinara because I forgot to buy it! I like to spice mine up with some baba ganoush on the bun and fancy big buns to serve it on 🙂

Taste Ratings

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I give this recipe 2 out of 5 spoons for energy because once everything is in the pot, you sit back and let it simmer 🙂

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