Black Bean Sloppy Joes
Vegetarian sloppy joes? What the…?
Trust me, my friends. These black bean sloppy joes are everything you want from a good vegetarian recipe. And from a sloppy joe, for that matter. They’re flavorful and filling. They’re easy to make and appropriate for a quick dinner on the go.
In fact, I would choose this vegetarian version over the classic ground beef sloppy joe any day. (No offense, Joe)
I discovered this creative vegetarian recipe in a cooking magazine – but it wasn’t a featured recipe. It was an ad for Texas Pete hot sauces. I made a few tweaks to the original recipe based on what ingredients I had on hand.
Money-Saving Tip: Dried Beans
A 15-ounce can of black beans usually costs less than $1.00 at the grocery store. But if you really want to save money on an already-cheap food item, buy dried black beans and soak and cook them yourself. A bag of dried black beans costs about $1.50, and yields several cups of beans.
Not going to use them right away? Freeze them for future use.
Not vegetarian? Check out my classic oven-baked sloppy joe recipe.
Fancy sloppy joes: Caramelized onion sloppy joes
Got leftover black beans? Make these awesome black bean burgers.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/3 cup buffalo sauce
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- In a large saute pan, heat oil until simmering. Add onions, jalapeño, and bell pepper, and cook for 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another 30 seconds or so. Add beans, tomato sauce, ketchup, buffalo sauce, and heavy cream.
- Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring often. Add a bit of water if needed. Serve on toasted slider buns.