Snobby Joes

This recipe is from Veganomicon: the Ultimate Vegan Cookbook. It’s basically a remake of the sloppy joes that were delicious as a child but made with lentils and still delicious.

Just a pot or two

1 cup uncooked lentils
4 cups water

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced small
1 green pepper, diced small
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon salt
8 oz can tomato sauce
1/4 cup tomato paste
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon yellow mustard (wet mustard)

4 to 6 kaiser rolls or sesame buns

Put the lentils in a small sauce pot and pour in 4 cups water. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, until lentils are soft. Drain and set aside.

About 10 minutes before the lentils are done boiling, preheat a medium soup pot over medium heat. Saute the onion and pepper in the oil for about 7 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic and saute a minute more.

Add the cooked lentils, the chili powder, oregano and salt and mix. Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste. Cook for about 10 minutes. Add the maple syrup and mustard and heat through.

Turn the heat off and let sit for about 10 minutes, so that the flavors can meld, or go ahead and eat immediately if you can’t wait. I like to serve these open faced, with a scoop of snobby joe on each slice of the bun.


  1. Christy says:

    I just made this to take for my lunch tomorrow, but I had to sneak a bite…so tasty! And I say that as a meat lover that has eaten the original my whole life. I have been looking for different ways to enjoy lentils, and I have to say this recipe is a keeper, so thank you

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  3. Just wondering what type if lentils you used for this recipe as I find there are many out there? Thanks…looking forward to making and eating this recipe!

  4. I am making these for the second time tonight, they are sooo good. I found that the leftovers tasted even better than the first night!! I used green lentils for the recipe and they came out delicious.

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