Vegetarian Sloppy Joe

Vegetarian Sloppy Joe

Tempeh is replacing minced meat in this vegetarian version of the popular American sandwich. As the name suggests, it is somewhat messy to eat, but it is very tasty and always a great hit with children.

4 servings
Preparation 10 min
Cooking 25 min

530 calories per serving 


1 onions, finely chopped   200 g
2 cloves garlic, minced    
1 1/2 tbsp canola oil   23 mL
1/2 tsp salt   2 g
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper   2 g
8 button (white) mushrooms, chopped   110 g
480 g tempeh, chopped    
  ground pepper to taste    
1/4 cup tomato paste   65 mL
1/2 cup ketchup   125 mL
1 tsp brown sugar   4 g
1/4 cup water   65 mL
8 drops Tabasco sauce [optional]   0.63 mL
4 gluten-free hamburger buns   296 g


  1. Prepare the vegetables: Finely chop the onion and mince the garlic.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the onion then cook until it is translucent, about 3 min with occasional stirring, paying attention not to let it burn. Add salt, then reduce the heat, cover and cook until the onion is soft, about 5 min. Add the garlic and Cayenne pepper then cook with stirring until fragrant, 1 min.
  3. Add the mushrooms and tempeh. Cook 7-8 min, breaking up the tempeh with a wooden spoon.
  4. Season with ground pepper to taste, then add the tomato paste, ketchup, brown sugar, and water. A few drops of Tabasco sauce may be added for extra spiciness. Cover, then simmer 5 min.
  5. Adjust the seasoning. Spoon the mixture onto the buns then serve.


The mixture keeps up to 7 days in the refrigerator or up to 2 months in the freezer. To return it to its original consistency, you may need to add a little water when it is reheated.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (320g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




22 g

34 %

Saturated 3 g
+ Trans 0.1 g

15 %


0 mg


590 mg

25 %


63 g

21 %


17 g

68 %


18 g


30 g

Vitamin A

110 %

Vitamin C

20 %


15 %


35 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: 1 serving
Grain Products: 1 serving
Milk and Alternatives: 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives: 1 serving

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Source of :
Omega-3, Omega-6, Pantothenic Acid, Selenium, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin K
Good source of :
Calcium, Folacin, Vitamin E, Zinc
Excellent source of :
Copper, Fibre, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6

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This recipe is in the following categories: Soy | Main courses/Entrées | Sandwiches | Halal | High Calcium | High Fibre | High Iron | Kosher | Source of Omega-3 | Vegan | Vegetarian | American

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