Sloppy Lentils in the Crockpot

It’s been one of those seasons when learning to use the crockpot has come in quite handy! It is so nice to be able to get dinner prepared while you have a little more energy in the morning, if you know what I mean? I have been adapting some of my favorite winter meals for the crockpot and wanted to share with you my variation to Sloppy Lentils. It is actually way easier to prepare this in the crockpot actually! Just throw all the ingredients in and let it go! This is a easy, frugal, and nutritious meal that we love. I have actually simplified the original recipe a bit as well. For the original recipe, visit here. It’s recipes like this that make eating whole foods on a budget possible!

2 cups water (the original recipe uses 3 cups, so notice the change for crockpot preparation!)
1 cup brown lentils, rinsed
salt to taste (optional)
1 cup chopped onion
15 oz can diced tomatoes (drained), tomato sauce or 2 cups fresh tomatoes, chopped
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste, optional (as needed to thicken – especially if using tomato sauce)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1 tablespoon chili powder
3 tablespoons rapadura, molasses, or honey
1 Tbsp white vinegar
salt and ground black pepper to taste
4 hamburger buns, split
cheddar cheese, grated (to top your lentils when serving)

Combine all your ingredients in the crockpot (besides the buns and cheese!). Turn on low and cook for approximately 5 hours, until lentils are tender and the mixture has thickened and absorbed most of the liquids. Serve on open faced hamburger buns and top with melted cheese, as desired.

Want to join me for a nutritious crock pot meals carnival? It would be a great way to pass around meals such as this that make meal preparation a little easier for busy moms! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

About Lindsay

Lindsay Edmonds is first a lover of Jesus, wife, mother of four, homemaker, and writer. She loves inspiring women around the world toward simple, natural, and intentional living for the glory of God.

85 Responses to Sloppy Lentils in the Crockpot

  1. Jess January 25, 2013 at 5:35 am #

    I read all of the comments before making this, and made a few little changes. I did soak the lentils with water and lemon juice but only for bout 20 mins while I put the other ingredients together. For the tomato sauce and paste I just used a 10 oz can of tomato soup, I only used a Tbsp of ketchup, I did not use as much chili powder, I used 1 Tbsp brown sugar in place of the honey, and I added a 1/2 Tbsp cocoa. I cooked it on low for 4 hours then on high for 2 1/2 hours. It came out wonderfully and thickened up perfectly.

  2. Valerie September 13, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

    I am wondering if soaking the lentils in lemon juice for six hours first, then drained and rinsed would be okay or if they would get too mushy. I just learned that lentils should be soaked in an acidic liquid to get rid of the phytic acid.

  3. Patti August 15, 2012 at 7:27 am #

    Are the lentils canned or dried? I noticed the post about the lentils not softening? Is this an issue or any suggestions?

  4. jessica May 1, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    These were great! My kids loved them…we made an addition of shredded zukes and shredded carrots. It was so good!

  5. Leah M March 22, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    Your recipe has been a staple at our house for a long time! A lot of times we make a Mexican version by adding corn, olives, anything I can think of, and serving it over corn bread. We also put it on buns a lot as well as sloppy lentils. Thanks!!!

  6. Amanda February 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    I am so disappointed in how this dish did not work out. I had it in the crockpot on high for about 6 hours, then transferred it to a pot on the stove and have had it boiling for about 3 hours, and the lentils are still hard. I’ve read that cooking legumes with acid (tomatoes, vinegar), can keep them from softening. I may attempt this recipe again, but I will definitely pre-cook the lentils.

  7. Bridget March 24, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    i made this tonight and it was really good. too much chili powder for me but other than that really, really good.

  8. holly March 11, 2011 at 8:00 am #

    is it necessary to drain the diced tomatoes?

    • Lindsay March 11, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

      No, not at all.