Clean Eating Lentil Sloppy Joes Recipe

Clean Eating Lentil Sloppy Joes

A delicious and super east alternative to meat-based sloppy joes!

Course Main Course, Sandwiches
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 20 minutes
Yield 11 servings (approximately)
Calories 219 kcal
Author The Gracious Pantry


  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped green bell peppers
  • 1 cup chopped red bell peppers
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped red onion
  • 28 oz. can diced tomatoes (no sugar added)
  • 6 oz. can tomato paste (no sugar added)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. paprika (NOT smoked, just regular)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 2 cups dry brown lentils (rinsed before use)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth (no sugar added) * See note in instructions
  • salt to taste after cooking
  • whole grain burger buns
US Customary - Metric


  1. Chop all the vegetables and mix the spices together. Open the cans, measure out the maple syrup  and set everything in reachable distance.


  3. Press the "Sauté" button and put the oil in the IP insert. 

  4. Add the bell peppers and onions. Sauté until the onions are translucent. This can take a few minutes, so don't lose patience. Stir occasionally through this process.

  5. Add the diced tomatoes and tomato paste along with the spices you mixed together. Stir well to combine.

  6. Add the lentils and broth and stir to combine, then turn off the sauté mode.

  7. Set your lid in place securely, close the vent and press the "Manual" button. Adjust the time to 8 minutes and let it do it's thing. 

  8. Allow time for a natural release of at least 20 minutes. Then vent any remaining steam before opening the lid. 

  9. Season with salt if needed.


  11. Heat a sauté pan, warm the oil and then sauté the vegetables until the onions are translucent.

  12. Combine everything in your slow cooker and stir well.

  13. Set the slow cooker on low for 8-10 hours. 

  14. Season with salt just prior to serving if needed.


  16. Heat a sauté pan, warm the oil and then sauté the vegetables until the onions are translucent.

  17. Combine all ingredients in a large stock pot and bring to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, reduce to a simmer. Cook until the lentils are done. (about 30-45 minutes).

  18. *Note that if you are making this on the stove top, you will want to keep an eye on the liquid levels as the liquid will cook out much faster this way. Have some extra vegetable broth on hand just in case.

  19. Season with salt if desired for serving.

Recipe Notes

Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible. Also note that data does not include added salt or the burger bun or bread.

Nutrition Facts
Clean Eating Lentil Sloppy Joes
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 219 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Sodium 573mg25%
Potassium 762mg22%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 13g54%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 1430IU29%
Vitamin C 41.4mg50%
Calcium 68mg7%
Iron 4.2mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.