The Vegan Sloppy Joe and Tri-Color Cole Slaw


Recently, I came home from a family reunion vacation with a rotten cold. As a result, I didn’t go grocery shopping for about a week after coming home. I had some minced frozen seitan I’d made, some iceberg lettuce (shudder) and white bread (vegan) buns that someone in the family left in the shared vacation fridge, and some cabbage that had been in my fridge at home for ages, but refused to die (don’t you love how cabbabe is like that?). I came up with these Vegan Sloppy Joes as a desperate last minute dinner. I posted the photo on facebook as a bit of a joke, where it got a rousing lot of love and recipe requests, so I’m sharing this desperate dinner love with you, cause who doesn’t like sloppy joes? Just be responsible and use whole grain buns and romaine, K?

Vegan Sloppy Joe

  • Β 1 package seitan, finely chopped or minced in the food processor (I used homemade), you could also use grated tempeh or vegan veggie “meat” crumbles
  • 1 minced onion
  • 1 diced bell pepper (red or green)
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 six oz. can tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vegan worcestershire sauce OR steak sauce (it’s vegan yo).
  • 1 tablespoon bragg’s liquid aminos (or soy sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha or other hot sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method: Saute the onion and bell pepper in a non stick pan sprayed with a bit of pan spray for about 5 minutes over medium heat. Add remaining ingredients and reduce heat to a simmer. Let simmer for about 10 minutes. Serve on buns with lettuce (and maybe a bit of vegan mayo if that’s how you roll).


Tri-Color Cole Slaw

  • 2 cups each of chopped red and green cabbage
  • 1/2-1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup cashew cream (from 1 cup raw cashews blended with 1 cup water, soak cashews for a few hours before blending if you don’t have a power blender, save excess cashew cream for another use.)
  • 2 T. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 T. raw agave
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method: Toss all ingredients in a large bowl, serve immediately.


Well me & the vegan sloppy joe got married. We got six kids and we’re doing just fine.


  1. Looks really yum! Weird though that your post showed up in my Reader *seven times* haha! How much TVP d’you reckon would sub for the Seitan? Sadly Seitan isn’t easy to source for me.

    1. Ack! Sorry it must really like your reader πŸ˜‰ I would try 1 to 1.5 cups TVP. Then adjust your seasonings according to taste since TVP isn’t flavored.

  2. We dont really do sloppy joes in Britain, but Im giving this a go and will hopefully confuse some friends with it soon. ‘Sloppy what!!!!’ Another wonder recipe Somer. Cheers!

  3. How do you get your cole slaw to look so perfect??? This is a perfect recipe for a quick meal that everyone will love. What’s more fun than something that falls all over the place when you’re trying to eat it? πŸ™‚

    1. Hand chopped cabbage instead of the bagged stuff…

      I love the messiness of sloppy joes, they’re an old favorite, it was time to make them again, even if it was born out of desperation.

  4. Funny, we were just discussing Sloppy Joes for dinner last night. . . In stead we went with Happy Herbivore’s Quinoa Chorizo, but now I have to question my decision making. . .

  5. Some of my favourite meals are made when I had nothing in the fridge πŸ™‚ I have still never tried a sloppy joe (vegan or otherwise) but I really want too! Love your slaw too mmm!

    1. Funny how that works!

      It’s past time to make a sloppy joe girl, get too it! It’s like the easiest and most fun comfort dinner! πŸ™‚

      Thanks for the compliment of the slaw!

  6. I love how easy this looks to throw together. My kids would love the “slop” factor. For some reason, if they get messy while eating, they think it tastes better. πŸ˜‰ I also make a slaw but hadn’t though to use cashew cream, I’ve been sticking with Vegenaise. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Sloppy joes and slaw is the ultimate comfort food! So happy that you shared this recipe πŸ™‚ Cabbage is pretty awesome that way right- always still crisp and ready to go no matter really how long it has been in the bottom crisper!

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