Instant Pot Lentil Sloppy Joes

I used to love Sloppy Joes growing up, and I still do! With the Instant Pot, the vegan version of these tasty sandwiches just got a lot easier.

The best thing about these? The kids love them too. Top them with my Oil-Free Vegan Coleslaw to add some extra sweetness and crunch!

WFPB lentil sloppy joes

Instant Pot Lentil Sloppy Joes

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Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6

What you’ll need

  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 cups brown lentils, uncooked
  • 3 cups water
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • Oil-Free Vegan Coleslaw, optional
  • whole grain hamburger buns

How you’ll do it

  • On Instant Pot, press Sauté and add onion, pepper and salt to pot. Cook for a few minutes, until veggies soften a bit. Add a little bit of water if needed to prevent sticking.
  • Add cumin and oregano and stir to coat veggies. Cook for about 30 seconds.
  • Add tomato paste and stir to coat.
  • Add remaining ingredients to Instant Pot, stir well, and scrape any bits off the bottom of the pot if needed.
  • Cover, switch to Manual mode and cook on high pressure for 13 minutes.
  • When done, wait 10 minutes and then release steam.
  • Stir and serve on toasted hamburger buns, topped with coleslaw.

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