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Sloppy Steves

What you need: 

1 lb firm tofu, frozen overnight, squeezed dry, and crumbled (you can also do this without
freezing, just squeeze dry and crumble)
1 large onion, chopped
1 large red or green pepper, chopped
2 tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional)
2 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari sauce
1.5 cups ketchup
2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon brown sugar or sucanat or molasses
1 tablespoon vinegar (red or white)
2 tablespoon lemon juice
Your favorite hot sauce to taste
black pepper to taste
buns or bread or rice

What you do: 

Crumble tofu into non stick frying pan (or use an oil spray, or a little oil). Add onion, pepper, and nutritional yeast. Saute all three until tofu begins to brown (this part takes a while, but you don't need to brown if you don't want to). Add other ingredients, except buns. Simmer 10 minutes, stirring.
Serve on vegan bread or rice or buns.
Notes: you can add minced or grated carrot, leave out the vegetables, add minced celery, adjust the sweetening, whatever...

Preparation Time: 
30 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Recipe Category: 


I made it exactly as the recipe instructs and it was great! I was a little disappointed that I read the notes section AFTER I had cooked it and saw the carrots suggestion. I had some and next time I want to add them definitely.
My boyfriend is also having a hard time liking tofu and other mock meats, so I think I might try lentils maybe next time too.

One of my mom's *specialties* while I was growing up was Sloppy Joes. I loved her sloppy joes. In fact this last summer while my stepdaughter was here visiting, I made her my mom's recipe for sloppy joes and she adored it. Well.. sorry Ma, but it's Sloppy Steve's from now on. :) I think these tasted better than sloppy joes.
Thanks for a great recipe! Putting it in with my favorites.


My wife and I make this recipe over and over again. It is fantastic as written. The only modification we make (sometimes) is to add a tablespoon of Hoisen Sauce. Excellent!

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I made some changes but this was SO good! I used only a half a block of tofu, added a can of kidney beans, no peppers, braggs instead of soy sauce, and left out the lemon juice, vinegar and hot sauce. I also cut back on the ketchup and didn't add any sugar because the ketchup made it sweet enough. It was lacking in spice though so I added some cayenne, chili powder, cumin, and oregano. Cant wait to eat the left overs  ;)b


This was really good!  Since everyone said it was too sweet I only used a cup of ketchup and 1 tsp of brown sugar and I enjoyed the results!


I made these today for lunch, they were GREAT!!! So easy to prepare, thanks for the recipe!!!


delicious!! i used diced tomatoes and pureed them in a food processor to make it thicker... a cup of that and 1/2 cup ketchup. used kidney beans & 1/2 block of tofu. so good - thank you!


I LOVED THIS!!! My meatguzzling roommates are tearing up my leftovers now... I didn't have any tofu so I threw in some soy crumbles and red kidney beans.. I also didn't have celery or lemon juice or the sweetener so I just left those out.. Had a cup of spaghetti sauce that I had to get rid of so I subbed that for 1 cup of ketchup... This is awesome. I made fried jalapenos and put them on top with a toasted wheat bun.. Delicious =)


This was a good base! I didn't really measure, but probably added less ketchup, and more soy sauce. I think it could use some spices..maybe chili powder. This is a good sauce because I don't like to buy bbq sauce (even though it's so good). I used tofu and added lots of cabbage (inspired by:, and it turned out well.  :)


These were pretty yummy!  I've been eating them for lunch all week and have not gotten sick of them.

Couple of notes.  It makes a lot!  I used kidney beans instead of tofu and ended up adding three 15oz cans.  I kept adding more and more beans because it was very "soupy".  I think it is too much ketchup...otherwise the flavor was good.  It is hard for me to follow recipes like this exactly.  I just kept adding things here and there until it tasted right. 


Yum, these were great.  I used "ground" seitan.  I think you could use any ground meat substitute with success-crumbled tofu/tempeh, seitan, TVP, commercial veggie crumbles.  Reminded me of the Sloppy Joe's my Mom made as a kid.  I did follow Bruce's suggestions.  Would make again exactly the same way.



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