Beefy Beef-free Sloppy Joes


I took some time away from the “prepping to move” crazy that’s going on to write up a recipe for y’all! The house here still hasn’t sold (bummer), but I hope it will this week! We’re taking next week for the movers to pack and move everything, and then we’ll take the cats and drive down to California! There’s a lot we still have to do, so I’m doing the neurotic writing of a bajillion lists and to-do’s so I have things to check off as I do them, and hopefully keep us from forgetting anything.

Plus, I got a cold last week, and am still a bit congested, so I’ve been moving a bit slower. Though I have to say, I’m taking being sick a lot better than I used to! My throat, surprisingly, didn’t get sore, and I was still able to function at a near-normal level. I give credit to this new way of eating – less crap to slow me down, and beneficial plantifulness to speed me up! Losing an hour, however, has taken its toll on me today… It’s a sloggy Monday, for sure. Perfect for taking a break and writing about eats.

Anyway, now on to the food!!

There is this company, Beyond Meat, that is doing amazing things. They are working to make veganism easy and affordable. Their chick-un strips have been available for a while, and though not exactly chicken, it’s close enough in certain cases. We buy it to add in salads and soups and such, and it adds that bit of chicken-y-ness that we miss. Love it!

DSC01462They’ve now come out with beef-free beefy crumbles – their take on ground beef. It’s vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free, and pretty low in fat (with 0g saturated fat). I had read about it for a while, but it was only just recently that we found it at our Whole Foods – YAY! Check their freezer section for it. We bought some, and decided to try out making sloppy joes. HOLY. SHIT. Y’ALL. They turned out AH-MAZE-ING. They nailed the texture and flavor of ground beef in this one!! We could tell it wasn’t the real thing only a teensy tiny bit, and after the first bite, we forgot any difference and just devoured the rest.

In the Bay Area, there’s a gluten-free bakery called Mariposa. They make, by far, the best gf breads we’ve had to date! We got a pack of their gf/vegan hamburger buns on our last trip down there, and had them in the freezer for just this occasion. We piled on the sloppy joe mixture, a spread of vegan mayo, and a heaping pile of lettuce, and gobbled it up. Now if only Beyond Meat could perfect vegan cheddar cheese and bacon…. 🙂

For the joes, you’ll need:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 1 bag Beyond Meat Beef-Free Beefy Crumbles (11oz, I think)
  • 1 T tomato paste
  • 1 T ketchup
  • 1 T yellow mustard
  • 1 T vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1.5 T red wine or apple cider vinegar
  • 3 T brown sugar
  • 1 t cumin
  • 2 t marjoram
  • 1 t oregano
  • 1 t crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 T sweet paprika (or 1/2 and 1/2 sweet and smoked paprika)
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • 1 14.5oz can crushed tomatoes (I like the fire-roasted)

In a large skillet, brown the onions. Add the garlic and jalapeno, cook another 1-2 minutes. Stir in the beefy crumbles, and all the seasonings (so everything except the tomatoes). Heat through. Add the tomatoes, bring to a simmer-ish, and cook about 5 minutes until the flavors combine. Serve!

DSC01469We had a touch of leftovers, and we made baked potatoes the next day. Topped with this and a dollop of vegan sour cream, jalapenos, and chives == perfection!

Next we’re going to try these crumbles in tacos, a bolognese, and some Czech goulash. Stay tuned!

13 thoughts on “Beefy Beef-free Sloppy Joes

  1. Thanks so much for the shoutout and giving our Beyond Beef Crumbles a try! Sloppy Joe’s are PERFECT for our Beef Crumbles. Next you’ve got to try Tacos with our Feisty crumbles.

    Thank you again for the support and we look forward to following along with more of your deliciousness (and you’ve already got a ton on here) in 2014!

    • I just went to Whole Foods and bought 2 bags. Your sloppy joe’s look marvelous and I look forward to trying it out!

      • Update – I love these! We had company yesterday and I made some Texas Chili sauce for chili burgers. For me, I made the chili sans sugar and with these beefy bits and it was awesome. Any recipe with ground “beef” required is back on the menu! Thank you to Beyond Meat for creating these tasty beefy goodness.

  2. HI Veronica–sounds like a nifty product–and great for an easy delicious meal in the middle of a move! I hope you feel all the way better really soon, and that each step of this adventure is kind to you. Can’t wait to hear more about it! xoxo

    • Thanks, Maria! Yeah, it’s amazing what products are coming out in support of this lifestyle. It’s tough making things from scratch super quickly, so I’m happy there’s a few shortcuts I can take and still make something tasty. I’m hoping this adventure get a touch kinder, but it could be a lot harsher, so I can’t really complain. 🙂 I’ll be sure to keep you updated! xoxo

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