Recipe By Andie
Published Oct 5th
Andie’s Quick ‘n Easy Sneaky Sloppy Joes
Prep 10m Cook 46m Additional - Ready In 56m
Servings 8 servings Calories 280.1

I cobbled this recipe together from a myriad of online recipes. I couldn’t find a more veggie-friendly option, and had BBQ sauce in the fridge. This is a kiddo and grandkid-friendly recipe you can whip up for an in-a-pinch meal… or add it to your regular menu rotation and get those veggies in without a struggle!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup lentils
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 large green bell pepper, diced
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • ¾ cup barbeque sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Place lentils in a small pot and cover with 2 cups hot water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until lentils are tender, about 15 minutes. Drain.
  2. 2 Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onions; cook and stir until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add ground beef and green bell pepper; cook and stir until browned, about 8 minutes.
  3. 3 Stir drained lentils, ketchup, barbeque sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and minced garlic into the skillet. Reduce heat to low and simmer until flavors combine and mixture thickens to desired consistency, 15 to 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 280.1
  • Carbohydrate 35.6 g
  • Cholesterol 37.2 mg
  • Fat 7.4 g
  • Fiber 8.9 g
  • Protein 18.2 g
  • Saturated Fat 2.8 g
  • Sodium 572.3 mg
  • Sugar 14.8 g

Chef's Notes

Use homemade or store-bought barbeque sauce.


  1. Quite tasty! I subbed ground turkey for beef and tomato sauce in place of ketchup. I also added a bit of celery seed. The only things I’d do differently is to use chicken broth to cook the lentils, then reduce the cooking time; mine were too mushy. Next time I’ll add chopped olives and golden - Read more ...
  2. 3.21.21 ... Andie's Quick 'n Easy Sneaky Sloppy Joes ...I did well, for a change, following this recipe. 'Only differences: tomato sauce for ketchup & I added some celery. 'First bite, I liked more than those that followed. It needed some spices - at least s & p. Good idea of adding lentils.
  3. I liked it. The only thing I changed was I seasoned my onions, peppers, and beef with salt and black pepper. It is not something I would make again but it was a good meal. Thanks!
  4. I love the flavor of this recipe and will most likely use it again. I would probably half the lentils and add more ground beef.
  5. It's all right but not as good as a real sloppy joe.
  6. I made this recipe just as written for Superbowl Sunday! It was great!!! I will definitely make it again and again! The less meat we eat, the more food there is worldwide for those in hunger. We feed animals 7 times the grain it takes for their meat. That is a waste of our resources. - Read more ...
  7. This sounds good but when I first read the description that included 'vegetable protein' I thought it would include some TVP textured vegetable protein. I think I'll try it without the ground beef and make it a vegetarian meal. There is a Morning Star Farms TVP that has chipotle flavor which I think would be - Read more ...
  8. A perfect recipe! This is delicious. I used Jack Daniel's Habanero BBQ. Thank you for the recipe.
  9. Will make again. Added jalapeno. Served over nacho chips with cheddar cheese