Sloppy Joes with a Tofu Twist

Everyone knows a Sloppy Joe when they see one! The red meat from the classic version leaves something to be desired in a healthy recipe. The good news is you can swap it out with tofu. Once you mix in a few key ingredients from your spice rack, you won’t miss the beef. The texture of tofu in this zesty tomato sauce is surprisingly close in flavor to the real deal!

2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 small onion, peeled and chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, seeded, deveined and chopped
1 package tofu, drained and crumbled
1 (12 ounce) can tomato sauce
2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
Paprika (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 whole wheat hamburger bun
  • In a sauté pan, cook the onion and bell pepper in olive oil until soft, about 8 minutes on medium heat.
  • In a large bowl, mash the tofu with a spoon or spatula until it resembles Sloppy Joe filling; mix in the tomato sauce.
  • Add the tofu/tomato mixture to the pan. Turn heat up to high, and cook about 5 minutes more. Sample the sauce, and add salt, pepper and paprika if desired.
  • Open up a Kaiser roll or big toasted bun and add the Sloppy Joe mixture. It’s ready to eat!
Prep Time: 
5 minutes
Cook Time: 
10 minutes
about 200
Filed Under: 
healthy lifestyles
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Sloppy Joes