Meatless Monday meets Monday Night Football! These loaded vegetarian sloppy joe baked sweet potatoes are hearty enough to satisfy even the most carnivorous of eaters.

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loaded vegetarian sloppy joe baked sweet potatoes

For the record, this is NOT me conceding to the truly irresistible allure of fall flavors.

It will be summer so long as I say it’s summer! And I refuse to hear a single word to the contrary.

Buuuuuttttt rumor has it that certain irrevocably fall-like things are happening whether I like it or not. Like: football season, leaves changing, pine cones falling right in front of my face in Central Park, pumpkin spice lattes being sold on every street corner.

What’s a girl to do in the midst of such truancy!?!

Other than compromise. Compromise is the key.


So, these positively LOADED baked sweet potatoes are just a hint of fall with a lot of summer flair to them.

And a big scoop of vegetarian lentil sloppy joe on top.


You guys know I’m all for Meatless Mondays (and Meatless Everydays, in fact!), but in the midst of Monday Night Football season, it can definitely fall to the wayside as people start to feel like if it doesn’t have meat in it, it ain’t football food. Right?


And just to prove it, I’ve revamped not one, but TWO, typically meaty comfort food classics into one totally meat-free meal that will satisfy your most carnivorous taste buds. Think loaded baked potato meets SWEET POTATOES (!!!) meets hearty lentil sloppy joe filling meets ALL THE TOPPINGS YOUR HEART DESIRES.

Meat? Who needs meat? Exactly my point.

I topped my loaded lentil sloppy joe sweet potato hot glorious mess with pickled jalapenos, but I’m guessing olives, cheddar cheese, regular pickles, and an extra dash of hot sauce would be equally as worthy.


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Loaded Vegetarian Sloppy Joe Baked Sweet Potatoes
Meatless Monday meets Monday Night Football! These loaded vegetarian sloppy joe baked sweet potatoes are hearty enough to satisfy even the most carnivorous of eaters.
Yield: 6 servings
  • 6 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup uncooked green lentils
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 4 cups broccoli florets, chopped
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp ancho chili powder
  • 1 (15 oz) canned fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1½ tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • pickled jalapenos, to taste
  1. Heat oven to 450. Prick sweet potatoes all over with a fork and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast for 45 minutes to an hour, or until fork tender, flipping over halfway.
  2. Meanwhile, place the lentils in a pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and lower heat, simmering, for 25 minutes. Drain.
  3. While the lentils are cooking, heat the oil in a large pot. Stir in the onion, season with salt, and saute, stirring frequently until tender, about 6-8 minutes.
  4. Stir in the carrot and broccoli and saute for another 2-3 minutes. Add the smoked paprika and cumin to the pan. Stir for 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Slowly stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, vegetable broth, and almond milk. Bring to a simmer.
  5. Stir in the lentils and simmer for 15-20 minutes , or until thickened. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  6. Cut the sweet potatoes in the center to make a pocket for holding the sloppy joe mixture. Spoon sloppy joe mixture evenly into all of the sweet potatoes. Serve topped with pickled jalapenos.
Adapted from Edible Perspective
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 loaded sweet potato



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34 Responses to Loaded Vegetarian Sloppy Joe Baked Sweet Potatoes

  1. Beth says:

    I’ve just found the perfect summer to autumn bridge. Can’t wait to try them!

  2. I am all about the jalapeños on this. Sweet potatoes are the perfect Autumn comfort food.

  3. This is a super nutritious meal with the sweet potatoes and all the veggies in the lentils!

  4. Looks like we are getting a final blast of summer here in NYC for the next few days, anyway! But I say bring on these baked potatoes no matter what the weather is. 🙂

  5. Well, if this isn’t the BEST summer/fall mashup of flavors, I don’t even know what is!! I would seriously not even miss the meat in these insanely-loaded ‘taters!

  6. Julia says:

    It’s been a zillion years since I’ve had anything sloppy joe related, and these loaded taters look like the perfect way to rekindle the sloppy joe flame! So nutritious, so packed with flavor…ugh! I could eat these e’ery dang day!

  7. This looks amazing! Great veggie meal for the weekend.

  8. Heather says:

    One can never go wrong with sweet potatoes. I confess… while I’m not ready for Fall, I am sort of looking forward to all of the fall flavors.

  9. Pam says:

    I, unlike you, am embracing & welcoming fall weather. I am so tired of being so hot!!!! Love these veggie sloppy joes. My kiddos would probably dig them too!

  10. Monica says:

    I want two of these for dinner, please! I have never thought to do a loaded stuffed sweet potato. Your vegetarian spin sounds delicious. I love feel-good comfort food like this.

  11. Sooooo super filling LOVE this!!!

  12. Lentil “sloppy joes” on a sweet potato is just BRILLIANT! I adore lentils and sweet potatoes – but never ever thought to combine the two in this way – fantastic recipe Joanne!

  13. This reminds me of vegetarian Bolognaise. Simply yum!

  14. I’m guilty of jumping on the fall band wagon yet I’m not ashamed because I kind of love fall. These sloppy joes look a thousand times better than a meat version and packed with tons more flavor. Pinned!

  15. Big fans of almondmilk over here…and I absolutely love that you made something savory!

  16. Ala says:

    Somebody needs to invent a machine that stops those darn leaves from changing color. Darnit! I looove meatless, whoohoo! And for the record, the palm trees here are still green 🙂 so it’s still summer, and you can still hang onto that hope.

  17. Yum! This is a great idea! Was just in New York and thought of you 🙂

  18. These loaded sloppy joes sound fantastic Joanne! Love the idea of Meatless Mondays!

  19. These look awesome! I love sweet potatoes 🙂

  20. Kaye says:

    I haven’t had a loaded potato in ages!

  21. Eileen says:

    There’s nothing wrong with conceding to fall flavors! Especially since it’s almost actually, legitimately fall. These stuffed sweet potatoes sound like such a hearty and delightful dinner!

  22. easypeasy says:

    Oh this sounds just perfect for Fall!!! 🙂

  23. Hotly Spiced says:

    A sloppy joe in Oz is something you wear! I’m not sure what the meat version would be but the vegetarian option looks very tasty. The weather here is very cool this week with a lot of rain predicted – wouldn’t mind a bit more heat! xx

  24. Sarah says:

    Haha I totally agree- it’s impossible for me to switch to fall yet since it was literally 100 degrees in San Diego last week. Pumpkin spice is far from my mind… These sweet potatoes look awesome btw 🙂

  25. Danguole says:

    Who’s Meat? Never heard of him. Gimme all the lentils and jalapenos!! Please and thank you.

  26. Zainab says:

    This is a great way to leap into fall. Accept it, it’s here 🙂

  27. Johanna GGG says:

    I associate baked potatoes with festivals and food trucks rather than doing it in my oven though I do love to make them at home – so yes they are very summery to me while hearty enough for winter – I am with you on these being a great crossover meal for the change of season

  28. Gahh! I need to buy some sweet potatoes! These would definitely make me forget that it has no meat in it 🙂

  29. Compromise IS key. I’ll admit it – I am diving right into fall flavours, fall weather and all thing comfort food. Sloppy Joe Sweet Baked Potatoes? YES please!

  30. Lentil sloppy joe on + baked sweet potato is just an amazing idea, Joanne. I so love to eat lentils and sweet potatoes. And these are all I need to call it a day! AWESOME share, Joanne! 🙂

  31. I’m totally on board with baked potatoes as a meal. Eric, on the other hand, has never been a fan. I find it really nourishing, especially on a cold night. Love how loaded these are with all those toppings!

  32. Susan says:

    I know! I just hate to convert from summer to fall. But the writing is on the wall. I love that veggie sloppy joe mix. So delicious, even without the sweet potato!

  33. I needed this recipe three weeks ago when I harvested about 300 sweet potatoes 🙂

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