Tex-Mex Vegan Sloppy Joes

Inspired by Tex-Mex flavors, this easy vegan sloppy joe recipe is absolutely delicious. And, best of all, they cook up fast! In less than 20 minutes, you’ll have a hearty, healthy bean meal.

They taste amazing with a little thin sliced pickled red onion on top. To pickle red onions, thin slice some red onion, place it in a bath of distilled white vinegar, and let them sit for, at least, 15 minutes. Then, top those vegan sloppy joes and enjoy. So easy, so good.

This Tex-Mex-inspired recipe for vegan sloppy joes makes 4-6 burgers. Serve them with some tortilla chips and vegan queso dip on the side. Yum!

Vegan Sloppy Joes Easy
Tex-Mex vegan sloppy joes with black beans topped with pickled red onion

Tex-Mex Vegan Sloppy Joes

2 tsp olive oil

1 cup onion, finely chopped

3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 jalapeño, finely chopped (if sensitive to heat, remove the seeds)

1 Tbsp ancho chili powder

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp onion powder

½ tsp ground cumin

½ tsp dried oregano

¼ cup tomato paste

1 ½ Tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp dijon mustard

½ cup water

½ tsp salt

2 15 ounce cans (OR 3 ½ cups) black beans, drained and rinsed

Thin sliced pickled red onion – optional (see note above)

4-6 burger buns

How to Make Vegan Sloppy Joes
  1. 1. In a large skillet, add olive oil, onions and a dash of salt. Saute over medium-high heat for ~5 minutes or until soft and golden.
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2. Stir in the garlic and jalapeño, and saute 2-3 minutes over medium heat. Then, add the ancho chili powder, smoked paprika, onion powder, ground cumin, and dried oregano. Stir around another 30 seconds.

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3. Stir in the tomato paste, maple syrup, dijon mustard, water and ½ tsp salt.

Vegan sloppy joes black beans

4. Stir in the black beans. Stirring every now and then, cook over medium-low heat for 5 minutes. If it gets too thick for your liking, add a bit more water. Taste, and adjust seasonings (more salt?). Serve on buns with thin sliced pickled red onion.

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Fast and flavorful, this may be the best vegan sloppy joe recipe!

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