Easy Weeknight Dinner: Navy Joes

I don’t know if it’s entirely obvious, but we are plant-based eaters around the halls of Test Kitchen Tuesday.

I don’t talk about it all that much because I guess I don’t find it all that important. Good food is good food, in my opinion, and, it just doesn’t seem to need to come up. I know the topic can be polarizing – “how on earth do you get your protein?!?” – but in reality, it doesn’t have to be. Plant-based food is not only nutritious and healthy, it can be really tasty too!

Today, I have a recipe for you that is inspired by Sloppy Joes, but, you won’t find ground beef in it. Nope.

Navy Joes | Test Kitchen Tuesday

Named by 2ChiliBreadBowl himself, this take on Sloppy Joes is called Navy Joes around our house because the base is Navy beans. I whipped this up a couple weeks ago when I had a big batch of Navy beans on hand for a reader request project. It was one of those things that just came together – and the end result was a big hit. It’s hearty, tasty, and easy.

I put this filling on Trader Joe’s frozen Naan* for 2Chili, but you could put it on your favorite bun or roll, or, if you’re going gluten free, on top of some greens or wrapped in a collard leaf. For myself, I put it on top of steamed cauliflower. The possibilities are vast!

Navy Joes | Test Kitchen Tuesday

*Note: If you buy Naan at Trader Joe’s, buy it from the freezer section. It is better than the “fresh” variety in the bread section, trust me!

Navy Joes

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Serves: 4 servings (or enough for 2 sandwiches per person)


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 medium orange or red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 1.5 cups prepared navy beans
  • Up to 1/2 cup prepared barbeque sauce (We like Trader Joe’s brand)
  • Dulse powder to thicken, if needed
  • Preferred buns, roll, or, Naan


  • Heat oil over medium low heat, and then add onion, pepper and garlic; Saute until soft and fragrant
  • Add beans and half of the sauce; Continue to add sauce until all ingredients are thoroughly covered
  • Heat through – about 10-15 minutes
  • If the sauce becomes too thin, thicken with about a tablespoon of dulse powder, coconut flour, or other thickener such as arrowroot powder (I used dulse)
  • Serve on roll of your choice, on a fresh bed of greens, or on top of mashed steamed cauliflower

Nutritional Breakdown

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