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Vegetarian Sloppy Joes With Beer

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Vegetarian Sloppy Joes With Beer

I was a College Sophomore when I met my first Sloppy Joe. Looking at it, I remember wondering if the cook just gave up on making a burger and threw the ketchup and meat together, or, if it was supposed to have been a thick chili sans beans. But, my first bite put an  end to all that wondering. That first bite was simply glorious. That first bite took me back to my childhood, to a time when slurping and eating up a mess with my bare hands was accepted.

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes With Beer

It’s been a couple of decades since I had that first bite of a Sloppy Joe. Since then, I have come to realize that Sloppy Joes are a staple at the game day get-togethers I happen to find myself at. Some friends have drifted away from the traditional all beef Sloppy Joe and used ground chicken instead. Some others have used ground turkey. And, a select few have used finely chopped up cauliflower. Some friends have served Sloppy Joes slathered on slices of bread or buns, while some others have served it scooped on top of rice. Some friends argue that Sloppy Joes are really “Sloppy Janes”, while some call them “Steamers” and yet others refer to them as “Yip, Yips.” But, no matter how they are served or what they are called, they will always be one glorious mess of comfort – to me!

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes With Beer

With more of my friends opting to incorporate more vegetables into their diets (at a recent get-together I was the only one hitting the bacon wrapped cocktail sausages) I figured I would whip up a batch of Vegetarian Sloppy Joes with chana dal. I wanted to shake those Sloppy Joes up a tad more and really didn’t want to add in the brown sugar, red wine or balsamic vinegar and Worcestershire sauce some of my friends advised me to add in.

Fortunately, I had some Warsteiner Beer on hand that I had picked up from my neighborhood Kroger. Warsteiner Pilsner is a pale gold beer with a clean, crisp taste with hints of barley malt balancing it off. Warsteiner has been family owned since 1753 and is one of Germany’s leading premium pilsener brands – and one of the few beers I enjoy. However any other pilsner will work for this recipe.

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes With Beer
Vegetarian Sloppy Joes With Beer
Vegetarian Sloppy Joes With Beer

So, I figured, why not add it to my Sloppy Joes too! The chana dal adds a tad more “meatier” texture to them and the Warsteiner beer (or any other pilsner) along with cumin, coriander, and smoked paprika, more than make up for the lack of brown sugar/vinegar/Worcestershire sauce. If you like your chili with beer in it, then you are gonna love these Vegetarian Sloppy Joes with beer in them! Served on delicious-even-plain, Pepperidge Farm® Bakery Classics Sweet & Soft Slider Buns, I bet you’d think that this was one glorious mess of comfort, too!

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Vegetarian Sloppy Joes With Beer
Vegetarian Sloppy Joes With Beer

I sure was glad I picked up a few extra cases of Warsteiner Beer from Kroger, along with the ingredients for these Sloppy Joes and some Pepperidge Farm® Bakery Classics Sweet & Soft Slider Buns to keep on hand for our game day get-together! Before you head to your neighborhood Kroger to stock up on your game day necessities, make sure to check out the Game Day Greats Kroger site with discounts and coupons. There’s also a $3 Mail In Rebate on the Pilsner packaging!

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes With Beer

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes With Beer

5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Shashi
Cumin, coriander, and smoked paprika along with Warsteiner beer (or any other pilsner)make this chana dal sloppy joe dinner one heck of a filling and tasty one!


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ red onion - chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic - smashed and chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper - chopped
  • 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes - drained well
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • 1 ½ cups cooked chana dal
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder optional - adjust according to your taste
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¾ cup Warsteiner beer or any other pilsner beer
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Add onions and olive oil to a pan over medium heat and let onions cook - stirring frequently for about 12 minutes
  • Add in garlic and chopped green bell pepper and saute about 3 more minutes
  • Add in the drained diced tomatoes, tomato paste, cumin, coriander, chili, smoked paprika and stir
  • Pour in the beer and stir well.
  • Cover, lover flame/stove temp and let cook for about 10 more minutes
  • Add salt and pepper to taste and enjoy on Pepperidge Farm® Bakery Classics Sweet & Soft Slider Buns with avocadoes and/or sour cream
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  4. Sam says:

    WOA – chana dal + beer for the win!

  5. Happy New Year, Shashi. This looks so awesome! Loved the idea of simmering the dal and veggies in beer. Sounds like I’m going to have to give this a try!

  6. Ben Maclain says:

    I’m that guy who doesn’t like getting my fingers covered in food while eating (Seriously, this makes me nervous and grumpy. So most of time I avoid things like ribs). As a result, I’ve had this notorious sandwich only few times in my life. (Well, probably I can just serve the sauce on the plate with a bun on a side? I would name this a deconstructed sandwich:) And even though I have no reasons against meat/poultry, your version sounds even more appetizing to me!

  7. Ashley says:

    I am a huge fan of veggie sloppy joes! But why have I never added beer to them before?? I love it! Happy new year shashi!!

  8. I love making veggie sloppy joes, but haven’t in awhile. This recipe looks perfect – can’t wait to try 🙂

  9. I have never tried a sloppy Joe before! I am amazed you have to give an age warning on your post as it contains beer. Is this because it is sponsored?

  10. SHASHI!!! I love what you did here, switching things around with this vegetarian Sloppy Joe. That and the beer! Wahoo!!! I’d love one of these sammies for sure!!! Can’t believe you were in college when you tasted your first one. Glor-i-ous! Hope your New Year is going great so far and will look forward to seeing all you’re cooking up in the kitchen in 2017!!!! XO

  11. Kelly says:

    This is totally my kind of sloppy joe. Just slide over that plate please 🙂 They look SO good, Shashi! Love that they are vegetarian and adding beer totally takes them up a notch! Happy New Year!

  12. Tammy says:

    Bahaha! I love your initial reaction to your first Sloppy Joe- the best! xD I have always loved Sloppy Joes and this vegetarian version sounds amazing! Love the spices and the splash of beer. Soooo goood <3

  13. That first sentence is just spectacular. Haha. I did not know it was gonna end with “Sloppy Joe.” <– Totally one of the BEST things I love about you, my friend! You keep me on my toes! Haha. We've got to harken back to the day when we could get sloppy while eating, not a care in the world to what people thought, but to what we truly enjoyed-the experience. 🙂 The table you've set with those gorgeous slices of avocado on top of the sloppy joes and a few brews looks amazing. 🙂 Love that you made a chana dal version too! Hand me two big servings and a few beers, woulda ya? 🙂 Happy Monday my friend! Here's to a fine week ahead. xo

  14. Oh gawsh, I grew up on sloppy joes, so I was too young to question what in the world it was. lol! They may not be the prettiest things on the planet, but they sure are tasty, right!!? LOVE that you added beer to these, Shashi!!! A grown up sloppy joe?! SIGN ME UP! Seriously, it’s almost lunch time here and I’m thinking I need a few of these… with a side of beer. 😉 SO YUM! Cheers, dear!
    P.S. Happy New Year!! xo

  15. Happy New Year to ya!! It’s been FOREVER since I’ve had a sloppy joe. I mean, probably when I was a child. I don’t know why it’s been so long ’cause I do enjoy them a lot and the messier the better! I always try to look for new ways to incorporate veggies into my diet or to make a meat dish, vegetarian and this looks perfect to me. All the flavour, none of the meat! And the beer addition is just brilliant! Just make sure to save a taste for washing down that sloppy joe, right 😉 ?

  16. We used to be big sloppy joe eaters growing up in my family!

  17. Marye says:

    These look delicious, definitely ideal for gameday!

  18. Silvia says:

    I never had a Sloppy Joe before, but it looks good. Now I want to try it. 🙂

  19. How fun is this recipe? First of all, “one glorious mess of comfort”. That is totally how I like my dinners, too…especially on these bitterly cold winter days! But second, the chana dal. Love using dal in a sloppy joe format. I could totally go for these tonight! And I bet the sweetness from those buns really paired well with the filling. Yum. Thanks for sharing, Shashi! Stay warm down there, my friend! #client

  20. Kristine says:

    I am a HUGE fan of sloppy joes and I love that these are vegetarian! I don’t eat much meat, so this recipe is perfect for me! Thank you so much!

  21. This will be perfect for game day!

  22. swayam says:

    Sounds great Shashi!! We love a beer marinated chicken burger at our place too. This looks gorgeous and loved reading the story! Xo

  23. I think my husband would love this, such a great vegetarian recipe. YUM

  24. It sounds like a perfectly comforting and delicious lunch!