Saucy Tempeh Sloppy Joes

Total Time

Prep 15 min. Cook: 25 min.


10 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
I grew up eating sloppy joe sandwiches and can't get enough of the messy deliciousness. Even though I eat meatless once or twice a week, I still enjoy the rich and hearty flavor of meat. I use tempeh here, which is a fermented soy product that is high in protein and has a savory, nutty, earthy flavor. Its taste and texture work well in dishes that usually feature ground beef, making these tempeh sloppy joes a dinner winner. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
Saucy Tempeh Sloppy Joes Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) tempeh
  • 2 cans (15 ounces and 8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 10 hamburger buns, split


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and green pepper; cook and stir until tender, 6-8 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Crumble tempeh into skillet; cook and stir for 5 minutes. Add tomato sauce, brown sugar, soy sauce and seasonings; cook and stir over medium heat until thickened, 10-15 minutes. Serve on buns.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Look for tempeh in the refrigerated section of your local grocery store near the tofu products.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 sandwich: 273 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 674mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 15g protein.

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