Black Bean Sloppy Joes

Whenever I think of Sloppy Joes, I think of this:

When I was kid, I only had Sloppy Joes at school or camp. It wasn’t a regular thing. As an adult, I’ve had them three times; 2 of which were vegan. The first was the meat kind when Artie and I first started dating. It was a disaster. The second time was a Kaya’s Kitchen, which was awesome and meatfree. The third time was at Blossom du Jour with their Sloppy Joe Slider; again another awesome sandwich.

To make up for our horrible homemade experience, many moons ago, we decided to try a recipe we found on a weight loss forum, using black beans. Artie actually made this for dinner on Wednesday evening. We ate it bunless with a side of rice and broccoli.

Artie made some minor modifications, as the original recipe called for beef bouillon to replace soy sauce. A no-no for us. Artie made his own substitute as follow:

Mix one T of balsamic vinegar with a pinch of garlic powder and a pinch of freshly grated black pepper.

He also replaced the green pepper with a red pepper for an a bit sweeter flavor.

It was so good. I was really surprised. I’m certain that on a bun, this would have been amazing.

Black Bean Sloppy Joes
Source: Provida Forum Member
Serves: 4-6


  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, diced (You can use a red pepper instead, if you like)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed (no salt added is preferred)
  • 8 oz tomato sauce (no salt added is preferred)
  • ¼ cup quick-cooking oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce substitute (see The Food Duo’s recommendation above)
  • ¼ tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder


  1. Place onion and pepper in saucepan with water. Cook, stirring frequently until the vegetables soften, about 5 minutes. Mash beans with a bean or potato masher (do not use a food processor). Add the beans and remaining ingredients into the saucepan and cook over low heat until heated through, about 5 minutes.

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