Incredible Mushroom Vegan/Vegetarian Sloppy Joes That Won’t Make You Miss The Meat

I’m craving a juicy beef burger! Correction. A juicy beef burger with fries. You gotta love those “comes out of nowhere food cravings.” I mean really, I never crave a burger. Never. But you know how cravings go? They rarely go away unless you give in. At least a little. I guess I could have gone with a veggie burger, but in my experience, there’s nothing “juicy” about a veggie patty. Sure they’re delicious but never juicy. Maybe moist at best. I could have driven the 2 and a half hour round trip drive into town….To be honest, I might have if the craving had been strong enough. The good news is I had a moment of sanity. I decided to stay put and deal with it in a more healthy way. France 1: Bad greasy food 0 I decided to go with Mushroom Vegan Sloppy Joes. No where near a burger, I know, but I thought I’d give it a try.

After all, there’s not ground meat of any kind anywhere near me. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried Vegan Sloppy Joes before but geez…it was delicious. Like, really good. So good in fact, I kind of surprised myself. Sure I thought it would be ok. I mean, after all, all the ingredients going in were good on their own. I wasn’t doubting that it would be tasty, but I wasn’t prepared for mouth watering, juicy goodness wrapped up in a bun! I ate this for 3 meals straight and was feeling a little disappointed when it was all gone. I would have made more if I could have. When I find something I like, I like to eat it until I can’t stand the look of it anymore. I didn’t get anywhere near that feeling this time around. Clearly I have no problems getting through leftovers! As for the fries, I roasted baby potatoes with olive oil until crispy and tossed them with lemon juice and dill and dipped them in a vegan garlic aioli. I do have good news though. A crisis has be averted! Burger craving satiated. At least it has been for now. I know you were all worried about me, but we can all sleep well tonight. Phew. This vegan/vegetarian sloppy joe recipe is perfect if you’re a mushroom lover. Even if you’re not a mushroom fanatic, I think you could probably do this same recipe with eggplant or shredded zucchini. If you don’t do grains of any kind, consider putting this mushroom heaven in lettuce wraps.

Mushroom Sloppy Joes (vegan)

Serves 4

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp grainy mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce or tamari
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

In a large frying pan, saute the onions, garlic and mushrooms together. Once the onions soften, add the remaining ingredients. Continue to cook until the mushrooms are tender, about 15 minutes. Add water as necessary if the mixture becomes dry. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the mixture to your favorite bun and any topping you enjoy. I added avocado slices and spinach. If you have leftovers, reheat in a pan, adding a few Tbsp of water. The mushrooms do absorb the liquid, so a little water will be required to keep these Vegan Sloppy Joes saucy! Do you ever have a craving that consumes you? How do you handle it? Let me know in the comments below!

9 Responses to Incredible Mushroom Vegan/Vegetarian Sloppy Joes That Won’t Make You Miss The Meat

  1. Chaya May 7, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    This looks more appealing than with meat. All I need to get is the mushrooms and some gluten=free rolls.

    • beyondthepeel May 7, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

      It really is so simple. I hope you give it a go.

  2. Jeanette Chen May 7, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    Mushrooms give such meaty flavor – I’ve been adding loads of the to my sauces and actually just made a sloppy joe with 2 packs of mushrooms (although it did contain ground turkey). Love how sloppy your joe looks!

  3. Ginny May 7, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

    When I have a ‘craving’ for something, I stop and think about whether I’m really hungry, or just procrastinating about something that needs doing, or I seem to be confused about what I think I’m supposed to be doing right now. If I want a certain something and I’m not hungry, I give myself permission to wait until I’m hungry to see if I still want that particular item. If I am hungry, I have it and love the freedom to have it and enjoy it. I stop when I am satisfied or maybe when the phone rings or the idea comes to be doing something else. I do like a bit of peanut butter on a date or vegan ice cream. But, food will never really satisfy me like right activity and love and gratitude can.

  4. Amber H May 7, 2013 at 11:52 pm #

    Making this ASAP!! Looks absolutely mouth watering, France. Love it. :-)

  5. Koko May 8, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

    This looks way better than a juicy beef burger!! I loved sloppy joes as a kid but I could TOTALLY go for this now!!!

  6. Amber H May 28, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    Hi France. Made this recipe. Absolutely fabulous! Thank you. :-)


    Here’s a picture:

  7. Amber H September 19, 2013 at 11:57 pm #

    Hi France,

    Making this AWESOME recipe again tonight for dinner!!! Love, love!!

  8. Laura Lee May 12, 2015 at 1:41 am #

    Thanks for the great recipe! I made some changes to it….such as the adding lentils to it…..yum.

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