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Black Bean Sloppy Joes

Make these black bean sloppy joes when you’re looking to change up Meatless Monday night! They’re easy to make and my new favorite from-scratch recipe. It’s vegetarian and vegan!

close up photo of black bean sloppy joes recipe

Easy dinners have been on my mind a lot this week. So have recipes from my childhood. You may have seen my porcupine meatball recipe last week – this was a huge favorite of mine when I was a kid.

My mom also used to make sloppy joes a lot. I think I liked eat them because they were so messy and this one dinner that is very aptly named.

She went the canned route – you know what I’m talking about.

Now, when I make them I go homemade sloppy joes all the way. I have made them with meat and veggies but my new favorite recipe is for black bean sloppy joes.

all of the ingredients for black bean sloppy joes in a pan

Black Bean Sloppy Joes

Black bean sloppy joes are so easy to make from scratch that you’ll wonder why you haven’t been making them this way the whole time.

Dice up your vegetables, sauté them in a pan with the black beans, and add all of your spices.

It doesn’t take long for the flavors to simmer together and for a smooth sweetness to develop. The secret is really that little bit of brown sugar!

two open faced black bean sloppy joes

The hardest part about this recipe is waiting to eat it.

I like to let the sauce sit for a little bit so it can thicken. Then, I spoon it over hamburger buns and eat away.

I have even been known to spoon it over tortilla chips. Kind of like sloppy Joe nachos.

one open faced black bean sloppy Joe on a plate

Looking for more vegetarian recipes? Try these:

picture of a black bean sloppy Joe on a plate

Black Bean Sloppy Joes

Make these black bean sloppy joes when you’re looking to change up Meatless Monday night! They’re easy to make and my new favorite from-scratch recipe. It’s vegetarian and vegan!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Dinner | Lunch
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 248kcal


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 15 ounce can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 green bell pepper seeds removed and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper seeds removed and diced
  • 14 ounce crushed tomatoes
  • 8 ounce tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 8 hamburger buns


  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. When hot, add the onion and garlic, stirring frequently, and sauté until the onions are translucent. 
  • Add the black beans, green pepper, and red pepper and cook for 5 minutes (until the peppers have softened). Add the remaining ingredients and stir well. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is hot. Turn off heat and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Serve on hamburger buns.



Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 772mg | Potassium: 533mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 772IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 4mg
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4.55 from 22 votes (22 ratings without comment)
Recipe Rating


Thursday 28th of April 2022

I added a second can of black beans because it looked a bit light. I also added paprika, ground cumin a bit of flour (to help thicken it) and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes. Smelled wonderful and tasted great!


Sunday 3rd of January 2021

The taste wasn’t terrible, but it was incredibly runny. Family didn’t really think it had too much flavor.


Thursday 5th of March 2020

If I'm honest, we thought this was a terrible recipe... But we had so many leftovers, I had to do something. I tried to turn it into chili, since it was basically chili already. I added chili powder and cumin, and a cup of broth. I made mac and cheese for my son, since he won't eat chili. Then I got the idea to combine the two, and WOW! So we're saving this recipe, but a modified version. Couldn't believe how good the two together were. Definitely a keeper!


Thursday 12th of September 2019

How many cans of beans in this recipe?? You stated(cans) but NOT how many.


Monday 16th of September 2019

Hi, it's one can of black beans. Thanks!


Monday 19th of March 2018

thanks so much sir for give good information.