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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

Only made the sloppy joe part, and served it over rice. Good, but had a flavor I couldn't place and didn't love. Not bad, but would stick to my own sloppy joe recipe.

By: Elissa
Posted: Aug 01, 2016
Diet: Paleo

Modified slightly based on what I had on hand, but it was still really tasty!

By: Alexandra
Posted: Jul 31, 2016
Diet: Original