Veggie ground ‘meat’, vegetables (plus some hidden veggies), shredded cheese and a rich tomato based sauce make these sloppy joe sliders a crowd-pleaser every time! Fair warning, you’re definitely gonna want more than one!
You may remember me sharing some vegan sloppy joes with you all a while back that had lentils and veggie ‘meat.’ Those are always a huge hit!
I’m sharing another delicious sloppy joe recipe, but we’re mixing things up a bit.
This is a stick-to-ya-ribs, make your belly happy, vegetarian comfort food recipe.
Cheesy sloppy joe sliders are always a favourite, especially for game day or Friday night supper.
These are super duper easy to prepare and so good; plus, who doesn’t love mini food?
With all kinds of hidden veggies (like shredded carrot and finely minced mushrooms) you can have your ‘indulgent’ comfort food and still feel good about it!
I don’t about you, but that makes me happy.
How to Make Vegetarian Sloppy Joes
Full details are in the recipe card below, but here are the basics:
- In a pan, cook onion in a little oil until softened.
- Next, add bell pepper, finely chopped mushrooms, shredded carrot, garlic, chili powder, smoked paprika, paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper.
- Give everything a little mix to combine and cook for a little.
- Add tomato sauce, Dijon mustard and broth. Tip: If you want a looser or thinner consistency, feel free to add a little more broth.
- Cook for a little until thickened.
- Add veggie ‘meat.’ Stir in and cook for a few minutes. Stir in cider vinegar.
- Slice buns in half and place bottom half into a baking dish.
- Top buns with sloppy joe mix.
- Next, add plenty of shredded cheese.
- Top with the other half of buns (top buns) and brush with a little garlic butter.
- Sprinkle with some sesame seeds for a little fun and texture.
- Cover and bake (removing partway through).
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Can I Make These With Meat?
If you prefer to use meat, add after ‘step 2’ of the recipe card below and heat through for about 8 to 10 minutes (or until fully cooked). Season with a little salt and pepper if you like.
Continue with the recipe (aside from using the veggie ‘meat’ of course).
Once sauce is added, cook for a little until you’ve reach your desired consistency. Make ’em as messy (or not) as you like!
Can I Make These Vegan?
This recipe is super versatile.
For vegan sliders, use vegan cheese instead of dairy (and, of course, ensure the buns and garlic butter are vegan).
More Tips and Variations
Can’t find ‘slider buns’? Use your fave dinner roll. You can totally remove some of the centre bun if you want less bread.
I topped with sesame seeds, but poppy seeds (or a combo) would work. Heck, I’ve even topped with ‘everything bagel spice’ and they’re delicious! Kevin Is Cooking has a homemade everything bagel seasoning recipe if you want to check out. If you want to leave out, that’s okay.
Speaking of topping, shredded cheese would be lovely too.
Packages of slider buns vary. Sometimes you can get in a 12-count pack, other times a 15-count pack. The sloppy joe mixture yields enough for 12 to 15 sloppy joes (with the 12 count being jam-packed).
Make these as ‘sloppy‘ as you like. If you like your sloppy joe mix to be on the looser side of things, don’t reduce your sauce too much. If you like your sauce to be denser, cook a little more.
Reduced your sauce too much and you want a looser consistency? No worries! Add a little broth until you’ve loosened to your liking!
Veggie broth was used here, but for more of a ‘meatier’ and hearty flavour, opt for mushroom broth.
Cans of tomato sauce vary in sodium. Keep that in mind when adding salt. You want want less (or more) depending on what you use and your personal preference.
To make your own garlic butter, you can melt some butter with garlic powder to taste (I like to start with ½ teaspoon or so).
Make It A Meal!
Round things out with some sides. These sloppy joe sliders work great with any of these:
Hope you love this easy slider recipe as much as we do!
If you make these meatless sloppy joes, be sure to leave a comment below. Love to know how you enjoyed! Thank you!
Sloppy Joe Sliders (with hidden veggies)
- 1.5 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 yellow onion , peeled and minced
- 1 bell pepper , small dice
- 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms , finely chopped or minced (or white mushrooms), about 227 ounces or ½ a pound
- 2 carrots , peeled and shredded
- 3 cloves garlic , minced
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper powder (or to taste)
- ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (or yellow mustard)
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 14 ounce can tomato sauce (a little more than 1.5 cups)
- 1 cup low sodium vegetable broth (or water or mushroom broth)
- 12 ounces veggie 'meat' (soy-based crumble, vegan and gluten free) (about a 390 gram package or approximately ¾ of a pound)
- ½ tablespoon cider vinegar
- 8 ounces cheddar cheese , shredded (about 2 cups)
- 15 slider buns
- 3 to 4 tablespoons garlic butter , melted
- Sesame seeds (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for use later.
- Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large pan (about 12-inches in diameter) on the stovetop over medium heat.
- Add onion to pan. Cook 3 to 5 minutes until onion has softened.
- Stir in bell pepper, mushrooms, carrot, garlic, chili powder, smoked paprika, paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper. Cook 5 minutes.
- Stir in Dijon mustard, tomato paste, tomato sauce and broth (rinse out your can of tomatoes with a little water (about ¼ cup) and add to pan). Cook about 8 to 10 minutes.
- Stir in veggie 'meat' and cook another 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in cider vinegar, if using. Note: When the veggie 'meat' is added it will thicken things. If you want a looser or thinner consistency, stir in more veggie broth or water, a little at a time.
- Cut buns in half and place bottom half in a 9-inch x 13-inch baking dish (or a similar dish big enough to hold your sliders). Top with sloppy joe mixture.
- Sprinkle cheese over top and place top buns over top. Brush top with melted garlic butter. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if using.
- Cover with aluminum foil and bake 15 minutes. Carefully remove aluminum foil and bake another 5 minutes more or until cheese has melted. Enjoy!
- Can’t find ‘slider buns’? Use your fave dinner roll. You can totally remove some of the centre bun if you want less bread.
- Packages of slider buns vary. Sometimes you can get in a 12-count pack, other times a 15-count pack. The sloppy joe mixture yields enough for 12 to 15 sloppy joes (with the 12 count being jam packed).
- Make these as ‘sloppy‘ as you like. If you like your sloppy joe mix to be on the looser or thinner side of things, don’t reduce your sauce too much. If you like your sauce to be denser or thicker, cook a little more.
- Cans of tomato sauce vary in sodium. Keep that in mind when adding salt. You want want less (or more) depending on what you use and your personal preference.
- To make your own garlic butter, you can melt some butter with garlic powder to taste (I like to start with ½ teaspoon or so).
- Nutrition information (estimate only) is based on yielding 15 sliders.
Nutrition (ESTIMATE ONLY)
Nutrition estimate (if provided) is based on 1 serving.
Nutrition information (if provided) is provided as a courtesy and should be considered an estimate only. Ingredients can vary and Girl Heart Food makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are guidelines only.