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Black Bean Sloppy Joes
with tri-color salsa

Active: 40 minTotal: 40 min

This is our vegetarian take on a Sloppy Joe. Filled with black beans and veggies, this has all the flavor and heartiness of the original. Paired with a crunchy salsa, this vegetarian meal is sure to please. Don't worry if you have to lick your fingers - the sloppier, the better!



Black Bean Sloppy Joes:
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, minced
  • Jalapenos (opt) - 1, diced
  • Onions, red - 1 cup, diced
  • Bell peppers, red - 1, diced
  • Pickles (opt) - 2, sliced
  • Cilantro - 12 sprigs, leaves of
  • Beans, black (14oz / 397g) - 1 can
  • Burger buns - 4
  • Oil, cooking - 2 tsp
  • Coriander - 1 tsp
  • Cumin - 1 tsp
  • Paprika - 1 tsp
  • Crushed tomatoes, fire-roasted preferably (14oz / 397g) - 1 can
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 Tbsp
  • Sugar - 1/4 tsp
Tri-Color Summer Salsa:
  • Onions, red - 1/4 cup, diced
  • Bell peppers, red - 1, diced
  • Corn kernels, fresh off the cob or frozen - 1 cup
  • Zucchini - 8 oz, diced
  • Cilantro - 3 Tbsp, chopped
  • Lime juice - 3 Tbsp

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Garlic / Jalapenos (opt) / Red onions (for sloppy joes and salsa) / Red peppers (for sloppy joes and salsa) / Corn (if using fresh) / Pickles (opt) - Prep as directed. Garlic, jalapenos, plus Sloppy Joes’ portion of red onions and red peppers can be combined. Salsa’s portion of red onions and red peppers can also be combined. (Can be done up 4 days ahead)
  2. Zucchini - Prep as directed. Dice as small as you can, ~0.5cm / 0.2” wide. Can be stored with red onions and red peppers. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  3. Cilantro (for Sloppy Joes and salsa) - Prep as directed.
  4. Beans - Drain and rinse.
  5. Make salsa - If using frozen corn, heat for ~45 seconds in microwave to defrost (or submerge quickly in warm water and drain). Toss zucchini, red onions and red peppers (just the salsa’s portion), corn, and cilantro with lime juice. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)


  1. Heat oven to 400F / 204C. Separate buns and arrange on a sheet pan.
  2. Heat a saute pan over medium-high heat. Add oil and then garlic, jalapeno, red onions, and red pepper to heated oil with a sprinkle of salt. Saute for ~5 minutes.
  3. Add beans with coriander, cumin, and paprika. Saute for ~1 minute.
  4. Transfer buns into oven and toast for ~4 minutes.
  5. Add tomatoes, soy sauce, and sugar to saute pan. Saute for another 3 to 5 minutes.
  6. Spoon Sloppy Joe filling into buns and top with sliced pickles and some cilantro leaves.
  7. Season salsa to taste with salt and hot sauce (if desired) and enjoy with Sloppy Joes.

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This meal has 26 reviews

Needed more flavor

By: Joanna
Posted: Aug 05, 2016
Diet: Original

I doubled the black beans and the flavors still balanced well.

By: Emily
Posted: Aug 04, 2016
Diet: Original

Pretty good! And very colorful. We served ours with pepper jack cheese, guac and greek yogut (as sour cream) because why not ;) We were heavy-handed with the spices, felt the recipe didn't have enough.

By: Emily
Posted: Aug 04, 2016
Diet: Original

My husband was pretty skeptical, but he liked it!

By: Amanda
Posted: Aug 04, 2016
Diet: Original

I have never liked sloppy joes, and I LOVED this!! Toddler doesn't like tomatoes or red peppers, so I kept those separate and added directly on the plate. Also, no jalapenos. Had good natural dill pickles and they made it fantastic! The salad was also refreshing (without onion) and amazed at the uncooked zucchini in it. I made some quinoa (to ensure my toddler would eat something :) and it bulks out the salad nicely too. Favorited.

By: Shawn
Posted: Aug 04, 2016
Diet: Original

Delicious! It is messy as advertised. :-) Probably best eaten as an open face sandwich.

By: Emily
Posted: Aug 04, 2016
Diet: Original