May 15, 2011

Simple Sloppy Joes

Hello again everyone! It's time for another one of my family's recipes! This one is my grandpa's recipe for sloppy joes. If it contained meat, my grandpa was usually the one cooking it!

I don't know if I ever told you guys this, but my grandpa was a butcher during all of my growing up years! Can you believe it? I can't imagine what he thought when I came over and told him I was going to be a vegetarian! He really is the best grandpa ever though, because he was and still is really supportive. During the summer months, my family likes to get together at my grandparents' house for grill-outs. When I first became a vegetarian, he used to buy packages of veggie burgers for me to grill up. He even put them in tinfoil and bought a separate spatula to flip my burgers for me! Isn't that sweet? He's still not a huge animal rights supporter (he thinks Peta is the devil's work), but he supports me in whatever I do and understands why I do it. I really couldn't ask for anything more!

  • 2 packages of Boca Ground Crumbles (or your favorite faux crumbles)
  • 3-4 stalks of celery, chopped and ground or grated
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion
  • 2/3 cup tomato soup
  • 2 cups stewed tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 3/4 cup - 1 cup of BBQ sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Heat the oil in a large skillet. Saute the onion and celery until the onion has become translucent. Then add the crumbles and heat through.

Pour in the stewed tomatoes. Break up the tomatoes with your spoon, then add the tomato soup. Next, add the BBQ sauce, and then stir in the cornstarch. Mix thoroughly, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.


    1. How awesome that your grandpa is so considerate of your veganism, and it's awesome that you can share some of your family recipes. I've never had sloppy joes but I'll definitely be trying them, they look great.

    2. Thanks! I have an amazingly supportive family! When I first became a vegetarian when I was 15 (8 years ago!) my Mom actually became a vegetarian with me. She stopped after 10 months though...but I kept on going!

    3. Sloppy Joes, my favorite! I'm curious, what tomato soup did you use? It's hard to find w/o cream/milk ?

    4. I used Campbells actually...I know it's not the healthiest or most "natural" soup, but it's the only one I could find!

    5. You can find no dairy tomato soup at Whole Foods or a lot of grocery stores too. I want to try this recipe this week. Thanks.

    6. The only brand of tomato soup I found that is vegan is Imagine, at Sprouts. I was just wondering if there were other brands of vegan tomato soup that you knew of.

    7. I'm not a fan of bell peppers, which are in most sloppy joe recipes, so this looks perfect! Approximately how many sloppy joes does this make? I'm wondering if I should half this for me and my boyfriend, or make the whole batch. Also, do you think diced tomatoes would work in the place of stewed?

    8. Hey Julie! I think this made about 6 sloppy joes. I adapted it from my grandparent's recipe that they use to feed our entire family...which would have made 24 sloppy joes! Diced tomatoes would be just fine!

    9. Thanks Matthew. I'm looking forward to trying it!

    10. I used lentils and kidney beans instead of the boca crumbles and the sloppy joes turned out great. My boyfriend loved them too! Thanks for the recipe :)

    11. Campbell's tomato soup is vegan. Sure it has corn syrup and crap like that but do we always have to look for expensive, hard to find alternatives? If I have to drive 20 kms to get my organic soup at some fancy overpriced store doesn't it cancel out any good I may be doing?