Sloppy Lentils

This delicious vegetarian rendition of sloppy joes is sure to satisfy.  Comes together quickly in your crockpot, and can be made ahead for even greater ease.  Perfect for those busy weeknights.

Sloppy Lentils

 1 T olive oil
1 large onion, 1/4 inch diced
1 red pepper, diced
2 large carrots, diced
1 1/2 T chili powder
1/4 - 1/2 tsp chipotle powder
2 cups dried brown or green lentils (don't use red; they'll get too mushy)
28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 cup water
2 T Braggs liquid aminos or low sodium soy sauce
1 T dijon mustard
1 T brown sugar
1 tsp kosher salt

Heat oil in deep skillet over medium heat. Saute onion and pepper until beginning to soften, around 5-7 minutes. Add chili and chipotle powders and stir until onions and peppers are coated and the spices have bloomed.

Transfer to a 3 1/2 - 4 quart slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients and cook on low 8 - 10 hours.

If you have time, these lentils benefit from being cooled and refrigerated overnight so that the flavors can develop. Reheat and serve on whole grain buns.

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glutenfreeforgood said...

Yeah, a perfect recipe for me (sans the bun)! I love lentils and just bought a fresh (dried) bag yesterday. I have everything on this recipe list, plus a sweet potato, which I'm going to throw in since I'll be bunless. Love the chipotle powder addition. Hmmm? I just might mix this up right now, throw it in the crockpot and go skiing. Oh my, how happy I'll be when I return, tired and hungry. You've made my day (and it's only 5:30 AM).

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Utterly fascinating. I don't own a crock pot though. I do get tired of always making sloppy joes wtih turkey though.

Monet said...

We ADORE sloppy lentil joes. We discovered them a few years ago, and they make it into our meal rotation at least once a month. This is making me want to reconsider dinner plans for tomorrow. I may need to get my lentils cooking! Thank you so much for sharing, sweet friend. I hope you have a wonderful Thursday!

Sarah @ Celiac in the City said...

Love this idea! And will go perfectly on a gf bun from Molly's! Or it would be perfect just scooped up with some potato chips too. It's making me hungry...very hungry!

Choosy Beggar Tina said...

Oh man this looks good. I'm always looking for slowcooker recipes and might have to snag this one for a busy night this week!!!

Richieliriois said...

Here I found a perfect gluten-free
recipe, just by substituting corn tortillas instead of wheat buns.