Black Bean Sloppy Joes

Black Bean Sloppy Joes

These black bean sloppy joes are a go-to recipe that you can make even when you’re at the tail end of a wearisome day. It’s delicious with a big salad or coleslaw and baked sweet potatoes or, if time or patience aren’t an issue, Potato or Sweet Potato Oven “Fries.” Recipe and photo contributed by April Jones.

Serves: 6

  • 1 bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and minced, optional
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced, or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or a small amount of broth
  • Two 15-ounce cans black beans, drained, rinsed, and lightly mashed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 15-ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon natural granulated sugar or agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce
  • Dried hot red pepper flakes or Sriracha sauce to taste, optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Whole grain rolls or hamburger buns
  • Pickles, sliced onions, and/or your favorite burger fixings

In a large saucepan, sauté the bell pepper, jalapeños, onion, and garlic in oil or broth until tender.

Add the beans, cumin and coriander, cook on medium low heat for 5 minutes, stirring two or three times.

Add the tomatoes, sugar, and Worcestershire sauce in a blender jar or food processor. Blend until smooth. Pour blended tomatoes into bean mixture and simmer 3 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve on buns with pickles, sliced onions, and/or your favorite burger fixings.

April Jones is the publisher of She is very passionate about green smoothies, healthy eating and teaching others the value of eating a balanced, nutritious diet.

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17 comments on “Black Bean Sloppy Joes

  1. Cesar

    Saw the recipe, looked interesting…so i tried it out, did everything as stated, they came out delicious, they have that original sloppy joe lightly sweet finish, but without the beef!
    Great recipe.

  2. Brenda W.


    Thanks for a super quick, super tasty dinner!! I had this on the table tonight in 20 minutes!

    A few notes for others … I have a VERY tender palate, and so I skipped the jalapeños. The end result, while still very tasty, was missing “something”. While I wouldn’t want hot peppers in there, I may add a dash of hot sauce next time.

    I dumped the can of tomatoes into the pan with everything else, and THEN read the part about pureeing them first in a blender. I actually think I like it better this way.


    Thanks again Nava for a superb recipe!

  3. jeanette

    This turned out really well and I actually didn’t use it as a hamburger/sloppy joe, we just made it into burritos and they were yummy. As far as the tomatoes, I forgot to buy the fire roasted can, so I just cut up two large tomatoes and roasted them over the stove and used tomato sauce and it turned out great.

  4. Carrie

    I made this tonight for dinner for me and my husband and we both loved it. I also whipped up some baked sweet potato fries to go the side and it made a great a combo together! I call it a MUST TRY :D!!!

  5. Nava

    Thanks to everyone who has left a comment here about April’s recipe. I’ll have to let her know what a hit her sloppy joes have been with VegKitchen readers!

  6. Jennifer Langlois

    I just tried this recipe and wow! It is AMAZING! I will def. be cooking it more often. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Nava

    Good point. Balsamic would be nice. Or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. I think there is such a thing as vegan Worcestershire, but I don’t imagine it’s that easy to find. Thanks for your comment!

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