Vegan Sloppy Joses
Recipe type: sandwich
Cuisine: Mexican
  • 2 Tbs. ground flaxseed + ⅓ cup warm water
  • 2 packages neat Mexican mix
  • 1 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • ½ large onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 10 green olives, sliced
  • 2 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 2 Tbs. vegan, gluten-free Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. chile powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 1-15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 Tbs. fresh chopped cilantro
  • 4 gluten-free rolls
  • Avocado, vegan cheddar cheese, vegan sour cream, fresh lime for garnish
  1. In a small bowl, mix the flaxseed and the water. Let stand for 10 minutes until it thickens into a gel. This is your egg replacement. In a bowl, empty the packets of neat. Add the flaxseed/water mixture and 2 Tbs. water. Mix it all together.
  2. In a large saucepan with a lid, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the neat mix to the pan and saute until browned and starting to crisp. (Note: if you are using lentils, prepare them, mash them and add them to the pan with the neat.)
  3. Add the onions, peppers, garlic, scallions, jalapeno and olives to the pan. Mix the neat into the veggies. Add the tomato paste and toss to coat everything in it. Let the paste cook for a minute or two until it is fragrant. Mix in the Worcestershire sauce and the spices. Cook the mixture for a few minutes, stirring often.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes to the neat mixture along with a half-cup of water. Stir the mixture. You want it to be saucy but not too loose. Cover the pan and let cook for at least 10 minutes so the flavors marry and intensify. Check to make sure the neat is not too dry; if the pan seems dry, add a bit more water. The "meaty" mixture should be thick and saucy. Mix in the cilantro and taste for any seasoning adjustments.
  5. Ladle the Sloppy Jose mixture onto rolls. Top with vegan cheddar cheese, sour cream, avocado slices or whatever garnishes you like. Squeeze some fresh lime juice on top.
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