Vegetarian Sloppy Joes
  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms, halved
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 1 ¾ cups light beer (drink what's left in the bottle)
  • Kosher salt
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 small green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp chipotle chile powder
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 6 whole grain hamburger buns
  • Shredded red cabbage or lettuce, pickled jalapeno and scallions, for serving (optional)
  1. Pulse the mushrooms in batches in a food processor until finely chopped. Set aside.
  2. Place a little bit of oil in a large nonstick skillet and set it over a medium to high heat. Toss in your onions, 1 tablespoon of beer and ¼ teaspoon of salt and cook. Make sure you stir frequently until the onions are lightly browned, which should take about 5 minutes or so.
  3. Next, toss in your walnuts and peppers to start cooking and stir occasionally, until your peppers are crisp, which should take about 3 minutes.
  4. Now add in your mushrooms and ¾ teaspoon of black pepper and chipotle powder and get them cooking, at this part make sure your stirring frequently until your mushrooms are just cooked through, which should take about 5 minutes.
  5. Take the rest of your remaining beer, ketchup and tomato paste with ⅛ teaspoon of salt and cook, ensuring to stir the sauce until the consistency is just the way you like it, which should take about 2 minutes.
  6. Spoon the mixture onto each bun. Serve with toppings if desired.
Some buns are not vegan, so check the label to be sure your hamburger buns are dairy and egg-free.
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