Easy Vegan Sloppy Joe (a “carnivore converter” recipe)

This amazingly satisfying version of the old family favorite got the “thumbs up” from picky “won’t-eat-anything-vegan” husband.

easy sloppy joe recipe

The recipe subs out the chopped beef for quinoa, a seed that has all the complete protein of chopped meat without the unhealthy animal product effects.  The taste is thick and rich and certainly belly-filling…perfect for a cold night’s hearty dinner.  I have it paired with a salad, but it goes great with cole slaw as well.

vegan sloppy joe recipe

Also needed are salt, pepper, chili powder, and dried or fresh basil

  • one acorn or buttercup squash
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 1 red or green pepper diced
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic crushed (peel garlic and let it rest 10 minutes to release the beneficial allicin from the clove before you crush it)
  • 1 tBs olive oil
  • 1 six oz can tomato paste
  • 1 cup uncooked red quinoa (I used red for visual appeal–any type of quinoa will work)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil or 1 tsp fresh basil chopped fine


1.   Prepare quinoa: combine 1 cup quinoa and 2 cups of water in a saucepan. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes until water is absorbed. Set aside.
 2.    Bake whole green acorn or buttercup squash on foil in 350 degree F oven for 1 hour.   Cut open, remove seeds and skin, and place flesh in a bowl.  (can be done ahead and refrigerated for 2 days)
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 3.     Heat 1 tBs olive oil in small cast iron (or other) pan over med high heat.  Add chopped red or green pepper, onion, and crushed garlic and sautee for about 7 minutes until onions are translucent.  Stir often to avoid browning.
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 4.   Add chopped tomato, oregano, basil,  pepper and heat well 1-2 minutes.
5.    Add 6 oz can tomato paste and 1/3 cup water and heat well 1-2 minutes.  Turn heat off.
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6.    Add cooked squash, 1 1/2 tsp sea salt and 1 tsp chili powder  to quinoa and mix well.

7.    Add tomato mixture to quinoa and mix well.  Season with more sea salt or chili powder to taste. (some like it hot)

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This recipe makes about 4 cups.  If you have some left over, it is great over brown rice or in a wrap, or just by itself!


This is my own creation (so far as I know) so credit and a link would be nice. Thanks.

Serving size: 1/2 cup Servings per recipe approx 8

Calories: 124   Fat: 1 g  Fiber:  5.3 g  Protein: 5 g  Carbs:  22 g  Iron:  10% RDA
Vitamin A: 18% RDA  Vitamin C:  42% RDA

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26 replies

  1. Finally thanks to this recipe I have been able to make a lovely vegan bolognese. Quinoa is the key! Thanks yet again for your great ideas.

  2. This was an amazing dish, will definitely be making this again and again!!

  3. I’m going to try this recipe in a raw version you can sprout the the quinoa and shreddthe squash I’ll let you know if it comes out well although I have no substitute for the bread Hmmm But you have me thinking thanks for posting 🙂

  4. This looks great- love the addition of quinoa!

  5. Such a healthy recipe! This doesn’t look like a recipe without meat!! I can’t find Quinoa here, unfortunately. I should find a substitute ingredient. Any suggestions?

  6. Im not a vegan by any stretch of the word…not even close to being a vegetarian. But this looks amazing, and I am seriously considering abandoning meat for a meal to try this.

    • Gosh…you don’t have to abandon meat to eat quinoa! But you might actually like it, and if you wanted to do a “meatless Monday” this would be a great option for dinner. I don’t hate carnivores (I married one!). The nice thing is, you can pick one day of the week to try something meatless (don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone)

  7. Mmm this looks so good!
    I need quinoa recipes, I’ve never cooked it before and I really want to give it a go 🙂
    It looks perfect for this cold weather!

    • Quinoa is so easy to prepare and you can really make it work with just about any meal. There are quinoa flakes for a hot cereal in the morning (I notice you like you hot cereal!) and quinoa pasta as well! It really is a great protein source for meatless folks. Thanks for commenting!

  8. This looks so good! The perfect comfort food for fall. We just went vegan and I can’t wait to give this a try.

    • A real compliment coming from the quinoa queen! I’m sure you’ve noticed you are on my “blogs that I dig” list. I love your site. Please feel free to post to your site with a link back to me if you wish.
      Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  9. What a delicious recipe. Going to try this for sure

  10. Heading to the store tomorrow for these ingredients! Looks great!


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