Recipe by Sina Mizrahi

Lentil Sloppy Joe Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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Parve Parve
Easy Easy
6 Servings


- Egg

I made this with my kids in mind. What could be better than scooping a vegetarian sloppy Joe out of a sweet potato? But I think I loved it even more than they did. It’s a meal that’s economical, tasty, and filling. The flavors complement each other so well, especially with the spiciness from the mayo.


Stuffed sweet potatoes

  • 6-8 large sweet potatoes, whole and scrubbed

  • 1 teaspoon plus 2 tablespoons Bartenura Olive Oil, divided

  • 4 cups water

  • 1 cup French or green lentils

  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or 2 cubes Gefen Frozen Garlic

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon oregano

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 (15-oz.) can crushed tomatoes

  • 1 (15-oz.) can Gefen Tomato Sauce

  • parsley, as a garnish

Spicy Mayonnaise

  • 1/4 cup Gefen Mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce, such as sriracha (or less, if you prefer it milder)


Bake the Sweet Potatoes


Preheat oven to 425°F.


Using a fork, prick the sweet potatoes on every side, brush with one teaspoon olive oil, and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until tender, depending on their size.

Cook the Lentils


Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the lentils and one teaspoon salt. Reduce heat to low and simmer the lentils until tender, approximately 35 minutes. Drain the lentils through a fine mesh sieve and rinse under cold water.


Rinse the pot and return to the stovetop over a medium flame. Heat two tablespoons olive oil and fry the onion until translucent, two to three minutes.


Add the garlic and cook for one to two minutes, stirring constantly.


Return the lentils to the pot, pour in the crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce, and season with ground cumin, chili powder, oregano, one teaspoon salt, and pepper. Stir to mix well. Reduce heat to low and cook until everything is heated through, 10 to 15 minutes.

Prepare the Spicy Mayonnaise


To prepare the spicy mayonnaise, combine the mayonnaise and hot sauce and mix together.

To Assemble


Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven and split lengthwise.


Fluff the flesh with a fork and scoop some of the lentil mixture into each cavity.


Top with spicy mayonnaise and garnish with parsley.


Serve immediately.

Lentil Sloppy Joe Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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2024 years ago

Tasty but sweet Between the crushed tomatoes and the sweet potatoes, this dish is a little on the sweet side for something savory. Definitely filling, tasty, and pretty healthy, though! I may try again but adjust the seasoning to counteract the sweetness. Maybe some smoky paprika.

Chaya Garfunkel
Chaya Garfunkel
5 years ago

Really good! I’ve made this recipe a few times. My whole family will eat it! Thanks!

Chaia Frishman
Chaia Frishman
Reply to  Chaya Garfunkel
5 years ago

Such a great idea!