Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
6 servings

Sloppy Joes are not easy to eat--that's half the fun for kids of all ages. Adults who like spicy food can add hot sauce at the table.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine boiling water and sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl, and let stand 5 minutes or until tomatoes are soft. Drain and chop tomatoes.

Step 2

Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion, red bell pepper, and garlic; sauté 3 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes, soy sauce, and the next 8 ingredients (soy sauce through crushed tomatoes). Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring the mixture occasionally. Stir in soy crumbles; cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently. Spoon about 2/3 cup crumbles mixture onto bottom half of each roll; top with top halves of rolls.

Ratings & Reviews

Mamato2's Review

June 23, 2011

NEWisconsinCook's Review

March 29, 2011
VERY GOOD! I usually use ground beef or turkey and it tastes good either way. I also add a bit more sugar or splenda to help provide a bit more of a traditional BBQ flavor!

dfenton2281981's Review

June 17, 2010
this was delish, all four kids ate it. i added shredded carrots to up the veg and doubled the spices. maybe even quadrupled the garlic.

ftcollinsco's Review

May 28, 2009
I've made this 5 times now. My kids, 7 & 9, LOVE these - and so do we. I skip the sugar and add 2 tbsp tomato paste and use garlic powder. This is a quick crowd pleasing dinner. ps - sometimes we skip the buns and add crumbled chips, lettuce and cheese...and call it Sloppy Ole!

judithrus's Review

January 08, 2009
I made this recipe as directed and it was enjoyed by the whole family. Next time I might omit the sun dried tomatoes and cut down on the chili powder. I served the GI Joes with Tangy Mustard ColeSlaw also from the CL site and the two dishes complimented each other well. This recipe makes a large amount but would be good as leftovers. I would like to try other uses for this recipe as other reviewers suggested. Will definitely make it again.