Vegan Sloppy Joe’s
Since I now have a fabulous kitchen, I am digging out some of my favorite recipes, recipes I haven’t seen in a while (like, 2 years).
This is an easy favorite that will please everyone. It’s vegan, so you’ve got the vegetarians and vegan covered. It’s also reminiscent of the ground-beef sloppy joe’s served in school cafeterias (or by moms) back in the day. So your carnivore friends will like it too. And: nostalgia!
This recipe has been tweaked from one I got years ago from the Nearly Normal’s Restaurant in Corvallis, Oregon. They published a calendar one year with recipes. They called it “Sloppy Norm’s.”
First, a word about the tofu. I like to freeze the tofu (in fact, I store my tofu in the freezer). For this recipe, you thaw it and then squeeze out all the liquid that you can (use your hands, do it over the sink). If you use fresh (e.g., not frozen) tofu, you will have a softer texture. The frozen stuff gets kind of rubbery and meaty, perfect for this application.
Vegan Sloppy Joe’s — serves 4
1 14-ounce package of firm tofu (see above re: freezing and squeezing)
Scant 1/4 c soy sauce
1 large green pepper, chopped small
1 cup chopped white onion (chopped small)
1 345-gram box of pure de tomate condimentado (or, in the US, a 15 ounce can of tomato sauce)
1 T mustard (Dijon or yellow)
1 T agave syrup (or honey if you’re not trying to do vegan)
2 T chile powder (the kind you get in the US, with cumin in it) OR 1 T real chile powder and about 1T cumin powder
About 1/3 c olive oil
Marinate your crumbled tofu in the soy sauce. Let sit at least 20 minutes.
Sauté onion and pepper in about half of the oil (a few glugs) until soft. Add tomato sauce, spices, agave, and mustard. Simmer about 20 minutes.
Sauté tofu in remaining oil in a hot skillet until brown and somewhat crispy.
Add tofu mixture to sauce and simmer a bit. Adjust seasonings to taste.
Serve on buns. Buen provecho!
Any leftover? It’s awesome served with tortilla chips.
Maybe next time I make it, I can remember to take a pic of the FINISHED dish. <sigh>