When it comes to meaty sandwiches, it's hard to get much meatier than a sloppy joe. But with National Vegetarian Month on the horizon, you can enjoy a kinder, gentler, and healthier version of the old Manwich.Made with hearty portobello mushrooms flavored with bell peppers, onions, tomato paste, and a touch of spice, these vegetarian sloppy joes don't taste like beef, but in sentiment and sloppiness, they do the trick. Get the recipe now.

I opted not to include the sliced jalapeño, however the sauce seemed too bland, so I added a lot more Worcestershire and hot sauce. Also, my sauce didn't come out as sloppy or sweet as I like, so I recommend adding maple syrup and white wine. For an added indulgence, top with shredded cheese.

Portobello Mushroom and Bell Pepper Sloppy Joes

Portobello Mushroom and Bell Pepper Sloppy Joes

Ingredients

  1. 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  3. 1 small green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and thinly sliced
  4. 1 small red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and thinly sliced
  5. 1 thinly sliced yellow onion
  6. 1 pound portobello mushrooms, wiped clean, black gills scraped out and discarded, and thinly sliced
  7. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  8. 1 cup tomato sauce
  9. 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  10. 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  11. 2 tsp. chopped fresh oregano
  12. 1/2 tsp. Tabasco sauce
  13. 1/2 cup white wine
  14. 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  15. 4 toasted whole wheat hamburger buns
  16. 1/2 jalapeno pepper, sliced (optional)
  17. 1 cup shredded cheese (optional)

Directions

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, bell peppers, and onion; cook, stirring, until softened, about 10 minutes. Add rest of oil and mushrooms; toss well. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are soft and liquid is absorbed, 8 to 10 minutes; season with salt and pepper.
  2. Reduce heat to medium. Add tomato sauce and paste, Worcestershire, oregano, Tabasco, 3/4 cup water, 1/4 white wine, and maple syrup; stir well. Cook, stirring often, to thicken, about 10 minutes; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Spoon mixture inside hamburger buns, and add jalapeño slices and shredded cheese on top (if using).

Makes 4 sandwiches.

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