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Back in the early 90s, when my family first adopted a vegan diet, we had to get creative when we wanted to re-make our old favorite non-vegan dishes. Back in the day, there was no such thing as Silk soy milk in every grocery store, no Daiya “cheese”, no Gardein, no Boca, etc. (At least, if these products existed, they weren’t marketed or distributed well, as we’d never heard of them.)

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While I love and appreciate many of the commercialized vegan products available across the U.S. globe today, I wanted to take a moment to appreciate some naturally vegan ingredients that anyone can find in almost any grocery store, without having to visit special health food sections, or anything like that.

Meet my new favorite tex-mex sloppy joes. The stars of the show? Beans. Yep. Good ole’ black beans and kidney beans, seasoned to perfection with lemon, cilantro, cumin, onion, garlic, and cayenne. You’re going to love the chewiness of the beans, the crunch of the bell pepper and the fresh flavor of lemon and cilantro. Add some fresh greens like lettuce, cabbage, kale, or arugula, and you’ve got yourself a nutritious and protein-rich meal.

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I hope each of you enjoy a restful weekend. (Guess what? Tomorrow’s Friday!!)

And today, I just have to share with you a little food for thought that I found fascinating. Did you know that God’s original plan for the human diet was plant-based? Check it out…

“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” Genesis 1:29 (King James Version)

Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes

Serves 6
Prep time 8 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 28 minutes
Allergy Wheat
Dietary Diabetic, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Bread, Lunch, Main Dish, Side Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Hot


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 medium green bell pepper (finely chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped black olives
  • 1 can fire-roasted chopped tomatoes (15 ounce can, with juice)
  • 1 can black beans, drained (15 ounces)
  • 1 can kidney beans (15 ounces, chopped in tiny pieces)
  • 2 1/4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 pinch ground cayenne
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • salt to taste (I used about 1 teaspoon.)
  • 6 vegan burger buns (I chose a whole wheat variety, but any kind works.)


Step 1
Heat up olive oil in a large saucepan on medium heat. Add onion, green bell pepper, and garlic and saute until onion is tender and becoming clear.
Step 2
Add remaining ingredients (except buns, obviously), and allow mixture to simmer until most of the juices are cooked off. When the texture of your sloppy joes resembles that of a very thick chili, you know it's done.
Step 3
Toast your vegan burger buns, if desired, and serve sloppy joes with your favorite greens.


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  • Kelly @ Vegan Iowan May 31, 2013, 8:46 am

    The thing that struck me the most about your post is that your family adopted a vegan lifestyle in the early 90s. I don’t think I even knew what vegan meant until several years ago! And I love it when recipes get away from tofu, Daiya, etc. Those things are all wonderful and serve a purpose when you need to replicate something animal-based, but I feel like nutritionally, you aren’t always doing yourself a favor when you load up on processed faux meat and cheese. Plus, when I venture to smaller towns to visit family, I’d never dream of finding them on the grocery shelves. Thank you for sharing this!

    • Lindsay May 31, 2013, 10:13 pm

      Thanks, Kelly! A vegan diet made me pretty much a weirdo, back in the day. I’m so happy that so many others have found the wonderful gifts of health, compassion, and deliciousness that comes from following a vegan diet. :)

  • Lindsay (life and kitchen) May 31, 2013, 11:29 am

    I love this recipe! I can’t wait to make it this weekend. I’ve had sloppy joes made with lentils, but this looks like such a good alternative. I’m glad I found your site!

    • Lindsay May 31, 2013, 10:14 pm

      Thanks Lindsay! P.S. I like your name. Lol. I need to try lentil sloppy joes. That sounds amazing.

  • kelly June 3, 2013, 9:15 pm

    These look so tasty! Never seen anything like. I’ve been a vegan for 21 years :) so glad I found your site from pinterest.

  • rhonda June 18, 2013, 8:15 am

    WOW!! Just found your website!! And your Pinterest!! Will be keeping me busy for a long time!! EVERYTHING LOOKS SO AWESOME!!! You are a genius. Thanks so much.

    • Lindsay June 18, 2013, 9:13 am

      LOL. You are too kind, Rhonda. Thanks for stopping by. It’s sweet comments like yours that keep me going everyday.

  • jay September 24, 2013, 7:10 pm

    Love this recipe! I’ve been a vegetarian for awhile and now doing my best to go vegan. Again love this recipe, I look forward to trying more.

    • Lindsay September 25, 2013, 9:50 pm

      Thanks, Jay! We all slip up every once in awhile, so be kind to yourself as you transition. For me, a vegan diet my gift to myself and the planet.

  • Suza October 2, 2013, 11:01 am

    Stumbled onto your website when looking for meat free, dairy free, soy free recipes, and this recipe is AMAZING. I already made it two times in under three weeks (and I usually avoid cooking), and have some frozen for future meals! Thank you so much for posting!

    • Lindsay October 2, 2013, 10:58 pm

      Great, Suza! Welcome!

  • Joyce October 3, 2013, 7:04 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful recipe, though I’m not vegan, and don’t plan to be. Also,
    God gave animals to be eaten by man, and “meat” in the KJV of the Bible only means “food;” the translators back then used what they understood, not what God actually said in Aramaic.

    • Lindsay October 5, 2013, 10:50 pm

      Thanks for your feedback, Joyce! I agree that God allowed animals to be eaten by man in a time when there was very little vegetation on the earth for man to live off of, just after the flood. Nowadays, we have so many health and ethical reasons to avoid meat and not support the inhumane practices of much of the meat/dairy industry today.

  • Jessica Schaudt October 5, 2013, 2:39 pm

    Hey this looks delicious! Would you mind if I featured one of your pic, with a link to your site, on my page?


    • Lindsay October 5, 2013, 10:44 pm

      Hi Jessica! You are more than welcome to feature a pic. I ask that you use the name “Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes from Vegan Yumminess,” with links to both the recipe and my homepage. If you are posting your version of the recipe, make sure that you write it in your own words. Thanks for asking! :)

      • Jessica October 14, 2013, 9:52 pm

        Absolutely! Thanks!

  • Amanda January 5, 2014, 2:11 pm

    I just wanted to say thanks for this recipe. My household is somewhat new to the vegetarian/vegan lifestyle, we’re just about a year in and while I LOVE to cook I constantly seem to hit roadblocks when I’m looking for new recipes to try, add to the fact we now live in a small town that doesn’t even have a proper grocery store – it makes things complicated. I don’t like using “fake” anything, if it can’t be made with a vegetable i’ll likely skip over it. I looked at at least 5 sloppy joe recipes today before I found yours and they all had some form of TVP. Needless to say i’ll be making yours this week, thanks again!

    • Lindsay January 5, 2014, 3:47 pm

      Great, Amanda! I like some “fake” meat every now and again, but I also LOVE a good recipe that requires only basic veggie ingredients from a normal super market. :) Hope you like it!

  • Derik June 23, 2014, 2:01 pm

    This sounds very good. I’m from the south too and can’t imagine how difficult it must be to be vegan. :) My family tries to eat a lot more meatless meals than we ever have so I’m always looking for options like this to try out. Looks great. Going on my “to make” list.

    • Lindsay July 15, 2014, 4:58 pm

      That’s great, Derik! Going meatless–even for a few meals each week–is SO good for your health and for the environment. :) Thanks for stopping by, and, your blog looks amazing, btw. :)


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