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Quinoa Sloppy Joes

Anna Edgren • February 23, 2015

Quinoa Sloppy Joes
Stop what you're doing, and go make these. I know I'm being dramatic, and I don't care. These are so good. I won't lie to you, these were originally going to be vegan veggie burgers, but they did not hold together as well as I had hoped, so I turned them into sloppy joes and boy am I glad I did. They were decent as veggie burgers, but the sloppy joe recipe that was born is out of this world, in my humble opinion.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
  1. 1/2 cup rainbow quinoa (this is tri-colored quinoa, but any type of quinoa is fine)
  2. 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 1/2 cup refried black beans
  4. 1/2 cup whole cashews, soaked in water for 30 minutes
  5. 1 small can mushrooms
  6. 1 tablespoon cumin
  7. 1 teaspoon chili powder
  8. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  9. 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  10. a dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
  11. liberal salt and pepper
  12. 1/4 - 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  13. 1/2 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce
  14. sesame seed bun
  15. coleslaw
  16. swiss cheese (optional)
  1. Cook rinsed quinoa in 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil for 3 or 4 minute to toast the outside. Add water and cook quinoa as package dictates.
  2. In a food processor, puree soaked cashews and 1 can of drained mushrooms into a hearty paste.
  3. Once the quinoa has cooked fully, add cashew/mushroom mixture, refried beans, and all spices to the quinoa, and mix well.
  4. Stir in breadcrumbs to thicken the mixture as needed.
  5. Add barbecue sauce to the mixture and cook on low heat until heated through.
  6. Pop that sucker on a toasted sesame seed bun, add coleslaw and swiss cheese, and enjoy!
  1. Can easily be vegan if you omit swiss cheese and make with vegan coleslaw dressing.
  2. These are also good leftover and cold.
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  1. kelly February 24, 2015 - 10:35 am Reply

    Confirmed, this is actually just insanely delicious.

  2. Libby Riemersma February 25, 2015 - 9:41 am Reply

    Now I know what I can do with that enormous bag of Quinoa I bought at Costco awhile back! The boy LOVES Sloppy Joes, but will he eat these? 🙂

    • Kelly Reid February 25, 2015 - 3:10 pm Reply

      Yes. They’re damn good. Cover in BBQ sauce and kids won’t be able to resist

  3. Kathy Edgren February 26, 2015 - 2:55 pm Reply

    Got the ingredients and will be making in a day or two.

  4. Debbie LaFleiche October 2, 2015 - 10:44 am Reply

    I tried these last week and they were, indeed, very yummy. I doubled the recipe and used the full can of refried beans and used fresh mushrooms instead of canned. I had dinners for a week. Thanks for sharing the recipe and your RV adventures. I enjoy the blog.

    • Anna Edgren October 2, 2015 - 11:51 am Reply

      So glad to hear you liked it! I haven’t made these in a while, I’m going to have to whip up a batch here soon! 🙂

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