Chicago Diner Sloppy Joes

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chicago diner sloppy joes

Another recipe from Chef Jo Kaucher’s collected wisdom in “The Chicago Diner Cookbook.” This is a perpetual favorite for my kids. Once you read the recipe you’ll see why.

  • 1 lb. tempeh, diced
  • 2 tbsp. tamari
  • 3 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1.5 lb. onions, diced
  • 1 lb. green bell peppers, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder (I use 2 tbsp)
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1.25 c catsup
  • .25 tbsp. prepared yellow mustard (I use 1 tbsp.)
  • 1 tsp. liquid smoke
  • .5 c water
  • salt & pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Toss the tempeh in the tamari and oil. Place the tempeh on a sheet pan and bake 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown but not crisp. Sauté the onions, garlic, peppers, and chili powder in 2 tablespoons oil. Add the baked tempeh, catsup, mustard, liquid smoke, and a splash of water if needed. Simmer 10 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper. Serve on a toasted kaiser bun or hamburger bun. Note: Tofu can be used in place of the tempeh. For an even heartier texture, add a little chopped seitan.

NOTE: Dice your ingredients small. If prepared too chunky the end result ends up looking like stew on a bun: not fun.

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