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Easy Peasy Sloppy Joes

What you need: 

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large white onion, chopped
4 ribs of celery, chopped
1 small can of green chilies
6 cloves of chopped/pressed garlic
1 cup tomato sauce
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 cup ketchup
4 teaspoons Tabasco (or other hot sauce)
2-3 teaspoons vegetarian Worcestershire sauce (like Annie's)
1 cup textured soy protein

What you do: 

Heat the oil in a deep skillet (one with a lid would be good) on low. When warm, saute the onions and celery until soft. Add the garlic and green chilies and cook a few minutes longer.
Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, ketchup, Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce. Cook until mixture bubbles. Turn to low and let it simmer for a few minutes.
Turn heat off.
Mix in textured soy protein and put the lid on. Let it sit for about 5 minutes to absorb liquid.
Serve on freshly toasted burger buns.

Preparation Time: 
20 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
6
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

I didn't have the green chilies, tabasco or the worcestershire sauce so I left those out. Used 4 cloves of garlic instead of 6. I have never had a sloppy joe in my life but this was delicious. Kind of eye'd everything instead of measuring thanks to my laziness. And since my ketchup is sweetened with agave and the tomato paste is naturally sweet, I had more of a sweet sloppy joe hehe. Next time I'll have to add some hotness! (; tsss!

The tabasco makes a huge difference, a little spice goes a long way. Using this recipe for chilis, added a can of red kidney beans, yum!

Also added Boca ground crumbles, this makes a delicious chili!

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I didn't have the green chilies, tabasco or the worcestershire sauce so I left those out. Used 4 cloves of garlic instead of 6. I have never had a sloppy joe in my life but this was delicious. Kind of eye'd everything instead of measuring thanks to my laziness. And since my ketchup is sweetened with agave and the tomato paste is naturally sweet, I had more of a sweet sloppy joe hehe. Next time I'll have to add some hotness! (; tsss!

The tabasco makes a huge difference, a little spice goes a long way. Using this recipe for chilis, added a can of red kidney beans, yum!

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I didn't have the green chilies, tabasco or the worcestershire sauce so I left those out. Used 4 cloves of garlic instead of 6. I have never had a sloppy joe in my life but this was delicious. Kind of eye'd everything instead of measuring thanks to my laziness. And since my ketchup is sweetened with agave and the tomato paste is naturally sweet, I had more of a sweet sloppy joe hehe. Next time I'll have to add some hotness! (; tsss!

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Ah, finally! I'm allergic to tomatoes, so I've been looking for a "from scratch" sloppy joe recipe for years (I use pureed pumpkin in lieu of tomato sauce) and this fits the bill! I'll let you know how it turns out when I make it!

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These were good.  I added carrots instead of celery since I did not have it.  Also, I used lentils instead of the TVP and used less ketchup.  I forgot the hot sauce but it was still good with some pickled jalepanos.

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I kinda used this as a guide for our dinner tonight, and it came out great, although I think I'd like it better following the recipe.

Instead of TVP, I used cooked bulgar wheat.  I didn't have any hot sauce either, so I just left it out, same with tomato sauce.  But I did add extra tomato paste and some apple cider vinegar to make up for it.  I put in a little liquid smoke as well.  I also added some cayenne to spice it up.

At first, I thought I didn't like them because they didn't taste like the sloppy joes I remember (the ones from a can) but then I realized they were even better.  I'm probably just missing all the extra salt and sugar from the packaged sauce!

Thanks for the flavorful recipe.  Excellent with the homemade burger buns from this site. 

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My sister and I both enjoyed these (mine is the lame picture with a piece of bread used as a bun). I was used to just making them with Morningstar ground beef with a can of Sloppy Joe mix, which just don't do it for me anymore... they taste too bland and tinny. This was easy to make but I think it was a bit too garlicky for me (and I only put in 5 of the cloves); I loved the TVP in it. Thanks for the recipe! 

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Yummy!  This was great. 

I used lentils instead of the tvp and I added some yellow mustard  ;)b

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These are really good. I added a few things though because they didn't taste quite like sloppy joes as I remember them (But I haven't had them since grade school, so what do I know?  :) ) I added in cumin and chili powder, along with salt and pepper. I also used pinto beans instead of the soy protein, and added in flour to absorb the liquid. Very tasty!

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If i want to sub the tvp for tofu do I just crumble it into the mix when I'm supposed to add the TVP???

i would stick with using tvp or tempeh with this, and yes id just crumble the tempeh in.  can you find morningstar beef style crumbles?  they're pretty common & would be perfect for this & easier for you.   with tofu - i think unless you cook pretty much all the moisture out of it first, it would just turn into a saucy mushy mess if you just crumble it straight from the package.  (if i HAD to use tofu i'd probably slice it up, broil it and then chop it into tiny bits then add to the sauce.. i might even think about feezing/thawing it beforehand, too)

Thanks for the answer on my ?s Its really great when someone is so helpful when you have no idea what your doing? :)

you're welcome - i know you're just starting out and i'd hate for you to end up with something bad and get discouraged.  i think it's great that you're trying to learn!

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