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Spicy Lentil Sloppy Joe's


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup green lentils
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 14 ounce can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 8 kaiser rolls

optional toppings include:

  • red onion, scallions, aoili, greens, fresh herbs, pickled veggies


  1. Set instant pot to "Saute"  Once the screen says "Hot" add olive oil, onion, carrot, bell pepper, jalapeno, garlic and saute for about 5-6 minutes or until veggies start to soften. 

  2. Add lentils and all the spices and continue to saute 1-2 minutes or until spices are fragrant.  Then add tomato paste and saute about 2 more minutes, stirring frequently so nothing sticks or burns. Add tomatoes and water and stir to combine.

  3. Put instant pot lid on in sealing position and then press "Manual" and set cook time for 15 minutes.  Once the instant pot comes to pressure, the timer will start counting down.  

  4. Once the timer is complete, allow the instant pot to naturally release pressure - this will take about 15-20 minutes.  After about 20 minutes, turn lid to venting to ensure all pressure has released.  Remove the lid and stir.   

  5. Serve on toasted buns with your favorite condiments.  I love this with smashed avocado and a squeeze of lime juice!