Smoky Joes

  • Servings : 4

I like to use seitan to make this spicy version of sloppy joes, but you can also use frozen crumbled tofu, grated tempeh, chopped mushrooms, or cooked bulgur to good effect.


  • 8 ounces seitan
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1/2 cup minced green bell pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 or 2 chipotle chiles in adobo, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon brown mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Liquid Smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 burger rolls


Step 1

Shred, grind, or finely chop the seitan and set it aside.

Step 2

In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and bell pepper, cover, and cook until softened, about 10 minutes.

Step 3

Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds longer.

Step 4

Stir in the chopped seitan and the soy sauce and cook for 2 to 3 minutes to lightly brown.

Step 5

Stir in the ketchup, tomato paste, water, chipotle chiles, mustard, chili powder, paprika, Liquid Smoke, salt, and pepper. Mix well, adding a little more water if the mixture is too dry. Simmer for 5 minutes to blend flavors.

Step 6

When ready to serve, spoon the mixture onto the rolls and serve hot.

Recipe Source: Vegan on the Cheap
Reprinted with permission from the author, Robin Robertson.
Photograph © Robin Robertson.

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