Snobby Joes Recipe

Thanks so much to Mara from Kosher on a Budget for sharing this great recipe/post with us. I’m still on “leave,” enjoying my time with new baby and settling into life as a family of 6. I’m so grateful for the help and support of my fellow bloggers during this time! ~Erin

Sloppy Joes are perfect winter comfort food.

But what if you’re serving a crowd and want to keep costs low?

Snobby Joes to the rescue. Made with lentils instead of ground beef, Snobby Joes are a family favorite at my house. They cook up quickly and taste just as good as the real deal.

Print This Post

Snobby Joes with Lentils

Yield – 6 servings


  • 1 cup dry lentils
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 T olive, vegetable or coconut oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green (or other color) bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 t of chili powder (or more to taste)
  • 1 t of cumin
  • 1 8-oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 c tomato paste
  • 1-2 T brown sugar
  • 1 T of brown mustard



  1. Pour lentils and water into saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Lower the temperature and simmer for 20 minutes until lentils are cooked soft.
  3. About 10 minutes after you lower the temperature on the lentils, sauté onions over medium-high heat in a large saucepan until slightly softened.
  4. Add the peppers and garlic and continue sautéing until the peppers and garlic are soft and the onions are starting to get golden in color.
  5. Shake in cumin and chili powder and mix well.
  6. Strain the cooked lentils and pour into the pan with the onions. Stir together.
  7. Add tomato paste, tomato sauce, mustard and brown sugar and continue cooking for about 10 minutes.
  8. Lower the temperature to minimal heat and keep warm until you’re ready to eat (the longer it sits, the more the flavors will meld together).
  9. Serve your Joes in pita, a hamburger bun, or over rice.

When she’s not cooking up frugal vegetarian meals for her family, Mara Strom can be found blogging at Kosher on a Budget. Mara shares strategies, tips, deals and more to help her readers live fruitfully, without multiplying their budget.


  1. says

    I am so excited about this recipe! I was at Sprouts last night and saw organic red lentils (first time I ever noticed them) and I thought to myself I should wait to find a recipe I can sneak them into to get the kids to eat them — I cook green lentils about every other week, but I admit I have to let the kids get a little hungry before they will eat them. lol. This recipe looks perfect.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *