slow cooker sloppy joes

Slow Cooker Lentil Sloppy Joes

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 210 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: american, dinner, main, vegan
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American


Slow Cooker Lentil Sloppy Joes! These vegan lentil sloppy joes are perfect for busy weeknights. Place everything in the slow cooker and dinner is ready when you are.



Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes: 

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 cup brown lentils
  • 1 (15 ounces) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Coleslaw ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt (or 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon celery seeds)
  • Fresh hamburger buns to assemble


  1. Add all of the lentil sloppy joe ingredients (no coleslaw ingredients yet) into the slow cooker. Mix everything together until well combined.
  2. Cover and cook for 3 1/2 hours on high in your slow cooker (or Instant Pot set to Slow Cook.)
  3. Check the lentil sloppy joes every hour or so, adding more water if necessary.
  4. Once the lentil sloppy joes have started cooking, you can make the coleslaw by simply combining all the ingredients in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate. You can also make this just before the lentil sloppy joes are done but leaving it to set for a while makes the flavors come together wonderfully.
  5. Once the lentil sloppy joes are finished cooking, serve them on fresh hamburger buns, topped with coleslaw.


Storage: The lentil sloppy joes will keep well in the refrigerator for 4 – 5 days.

Keywords: vegan, vegetarian, slow cooker, lentils, sloppy joes