BBQ Chickpea Sloppy Joes Freezer Meal Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
This BBQ Chickpea Sloppy Joe will make your evenings more tasty and enjoyable! If you're craving, easy-to-make dinner, BBQ Chickpea Sloppy Joes is your answer. These sandwiches are loaded with zesty BBQ goodness, tender chickpeas, and just the right amount of spices. It's a delicious, plant-based twist on a classic.
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We have all been there before, it is 5:30, the kids are asking for dinner, your spouse is about to be home, and dinner is not even close to being ready. This BBQ Chickpea Sloppy Joe recipe will make your evenings more tasty and enjoyable! If you’re craving a flavorful, easy-to-make dinner, BBQ Chickpea Sloppy Joes are the answer. These sandwiches are loaded with zesty BBQ goodness, tender chickpeas, and just the right amount of spices. It’s a delicious, plant-based twist on a classic that the whole family will love.

What makes BBQ Chickpea Sloppy Joes even better is their convenience. These are perfect freezer meals, allowing you to prepare them ahead of time and store them for those crazy busy nights. Just heat and serve, and you’ve got a wholesome, delicious meal on the table in no time. It’s a lifesaver for any busy household. And with the added convenience of being a freezer meal, you do not lose any of the taste with this meal being a raw freezer meal. 

Join us as we cook up these tasty BBQ Chickpea Sloppy Joes. We’ll guide you through each step, sharing our best tips for success. Let’s make dinnertime stress-free and delicious together! Are you ready? Let’s dive in!

Why You’ll Love This Easy BBQ Chickpea Sloppy Joes Recipe

  • Allergen-Friendly: Easily adaptable for gluten-free or soy-free diets.
  • Customizable: Add your favorite toppings like coleslaw, pickles, or avocado.
  • Family Bonding: Easy enough for kids to help with preparation.
  • Great for Meal Prep: Prepare ahead of time and have meals ready for the week.
  • Stress-Free: Simplifies meal planning and reduces daily cooking stress.
  • Flavorful: Smoky, tangy, and sweet flavors that satisfy taste buds.
A Year of Meal Plans on a Budget
BBQ Chickpea Sloppy Joes Freezer Meal Recipe
This BBQ Chickpea Sloppy Joe will make your evenings more tasty and enjoyable! If you're craving, easy-to-make dinner, BBQ Chickpea Sloppy Joes is your answer. These sandwiches are loaded with zesty BBQ goodness, tender chickpeas, and just the right amount of spices. It's a delicious, plant-based twist on a classic.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Equipment
  • 1 gallon freezer bag
  • 1 High speed blender
  • 1 Slow Cooker
Ingredients
  
  • 29 oz Chickpeas 2 cans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup Frozen diced onions
  • 1 Green bell pepper diced
  • 1 cup Carrots shredded
BBQ Sloppy Joe Sauce (Blend Together)
  • 6 oz Tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp Raw honey
  • 2 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Celery Seed
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
For Serving:
  • 4-6 Buns
Instructions
 
Prep/Freezer Directions
  • Label gallon freezer bag according to your preferred labeling method
  • Blend together sauce ingredients
  • Add all ingredients to labeled gallon freezer bag
  • Store in freezer for up to three months
Slow Cooker | Cooking Directions
  • Thaw in the fridge for 12-24 hours before cooking
  • Add freezer bag contents into slow cooker
  • Cook on low for 3-4 hours.
  • Stir and serve in a bun
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Equipment Needed To Make Healthy BBQ Chickpea Sloppy Joes for DInner

  • 1 gallon freezer bag
  • 1 High speed blender
  • 1 Slow Cooker

Ingredients For Your BBQ Chickpea Sloppy Joes Freezer Meal Recipe

  • 29 oz Chickpeas 2 cans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup Frozen diced onions
  • 1 Green bell pepper diced
  • 1 cup Carrots shredded
  • BBQ Sloppy Joe Sauce (Blend Together)
  • 6 oz Tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp Raw honey
  • 2 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Celery Seed
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • For Serving:
  • 4-6 Buns

How To Make A BBQ Chickpea Sloppy Joes Freezer Meal Recipe

Prep/Freezer Directions:

  1. Label gallon freezer bag according to your preferred labeling method
  2. Blend together sauce ingredients
  3. Add all ingredients to labeled gallon freezer bag
  4. Store in freezer for up to three months

Slow Cooker | Cooking Directions

  1. Thaw in the fridge for 12-24 hours before cooking
  2. Add freezer bag contents into slow cooker
  3. Cook on low for 3-4 hours.
  4. Stir and serve in a bun

What to Pair with your Vegan BBQ Chickpea Sloppy Joes Freezer Meal

Sides:

Desserts:

Mocktails:

Popular Substitutions and Additions

Substitutions:

  • Tomato Paste Substitute: Substitute tomato paste with canned crushed tomatoes. Use about 1 1/2 cups of crushed tomatoes instead of tomato paste. This will give the dish a slightly different texture but still maintain a rich tomato flavor.
  • BBQ Sauce Substitute: Substitute BBQ sauce with a homemade mixture of ketchup and Worcestershire sauce. Mix 3/4 cup ketchup with 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce to replace 1 cup of BBQ sauce. Adjust the sweetness and tanginess with additional honey or mustard as needed.

Additions:

  • Mushrooms: Add diced mushrooms for extra umami flavor and texture. Sauté them with the onions and bell peppers before adding the chickpeas.
  • Black Beans: Add black beans for additional protein and fiber. Use one can of black beans, drained and rinsed, mixed with the chickpeas.
  • Corn Kernels: Add frozen corn kernels for a sweet and crunchy addition. Mix in 1 cup of corn kernels after combining all other ingredients.

How To Reheat & Store BBQ Chickpea Sloppy Joes Freezer Meal Recipe

Best Way To Store Quick BBQ Chickpea Sloppy Joes for Busy nights Leftover?

Preserving the quality and safety of your leftovers hinges on proper storage techniques. Begin by allowing your Chickpea Sloppy Joes leftovers to cool down to room temperature on the kitchen counter, ensuring they aren’t left unattended for more than two hours. After adequate cooling, transfer them into airtight containers or resealable plastic bags, being mindful to eliminate excess air to prevent freezer burn or spoilage.

How Long Will BBQ Chickpea Sloppy Joes Freezer Meal Recipe Last In the Fridge?

To ensure the freshness and safety of your leftover Sloppy Joes, it’s crucial to understand their shelf life in the fridge. Generally, sloppy joe leftovers can remain fresh for three to five days when stored appropriately.

After cooking, allow the dishes to cool to room temperature within two hours. Proper cooling and sealing minimize the risk of bacterial growth. Proper storage and timely consumption are key factors in enjoying your favorite dishes while reducing food waste.

Can I Freeze Delicious BBQ Chickpea Sloppy Joes with Homemade Sauce?

Yes, This recipe was created as a raw freezer meal. THis means that it is prepped raw, frozen, and cooked fresh when you want it. When you are ready to prep this recipe, blend the sauce ingredients together, then add all the ingredients into a labeled gallon freezer bag. Seal, and store for up to three months.

If you have already cooked this recipe and are looking to store your leftovers for an extended period of time, this is fine to do as well. Store the mixture separately from the buns. Place desired leftovers in an airtight freezer safe container, or a freezer bag, removing as much air as possible, seal, and store for up to three months.

How To Reheat Plant-Based BBQ Chickpea Sloppy Joes?

To reheat this recipe, you may use a skillet on a stovetop, or the microwave. I would recommend reheating the mixture separate from the buns, in order to avoid sogginess on the bun. Reheat the mixture in a skillet over medium heat, stir occasionally to ensure even heating. You may also toast your bun on the skillet, if you prefer a warmed bun.

You may also use the microwave to reheat. Place the desired amount of leftovers on a safeplate, then reheat in short bursts of 30-45 seconds, stir between intervals. When your mixture is heated, place on your bun and serve.

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