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Pinto Bean Sloppy Joes

Vegetarian Recipe

Who needs meat in their sloppy joes? Try this zesty and tastefully seasoned pinto bean sloppy joes and you won't even miss the meat. For super bean filled sloppy joes, see our bonus quick recipe below.

Pinto Bean Sloppy Joes

Ingredients

1/2 tablespoon oil
1 medium size onion, chopped fine
1/2 bell pepper, chopped fine
16-oz can pinto or red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup wheat germ
1 cup thick tomato sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
6 buns

Recipe Directions

Heat oil; saute onion and bell pepper 3 to 4 minutes.

Add remaining ingredients (except buns, of course) and bring to a simmer.

Mash beans lightly with fork or potato masher.

Simmer, loosely covered, 5 to 7 minutes or until preferred consistency, stirring occasionally.

Serve nice and hot on fresh buns.

Bonus: Quick Beany Sloppy Joes

In large skillet, combine one 15-ounce can rinsed and drained black-eyed peas, one 15-ounce rinsed and drained kidney beans, 1-1/2 cup store-bought marinara sauce, one-half cup frozen cut green beans and one-half cup chopped green bell pepper. Add 1-tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 2 teaspoons red-wine vinegar and 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder. Mix well. Bring to a boil on medium high heat. Reduce heat to low, partially cover and simmer 12 minutes or until peppers are tender. Spoon onto toasted whole-wheat hamburger buns. Accompany the sandwiches with frozen hash browns and a mixed green salad.

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