This unconventional take on the sloppy Joe is inspired by the popular chickpea-filled Trinidadian street food, doubles. Like sloppy Joes, doubles are a deliciously messy, sweet and savoury snack. They’re typically made of channa (a curried chickpea filling) sandwiched between two pieces of fried dough with tamarind sauce, chutneys and pepper sauce.

For this sloppy Joe recipe, the fried dough is replaced with mini sesame-seed buns. The savoury curried chickpea filling is topped with a spicy and crunchy cucumber chutney, complemented by a tangy pineapple jam rather than tamarind sauce. It’s an unlikely combination, but if you enjoy sweet, savoury and spicy flavours, this recipe is calling your name. It’s perfect for a summer get-together, pleasing picky kids or entertaining guests. Plus they’re veg-friendly for everyone to enjoy!

Vegan Sloppy Joe Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 70 minutes
Servings: 4-6 (makes 12 sliders)

Ingredients:

Channa (Chickpea Filling):
1 large onion
3 garlic cloves
3 stalks green onion, finely chopped
1 Tbsp turmeric
2 Tbsp geera (ground roasted cumin)
2 Tbsp curry powder
1 can drained chickpeas (28 oz)
4 tsp cilantro, finely chopped
1 scotch bonnet pepper
salt, to taste

Spicy Cucumber Chutney:
1/2  large field cucumber
1/3  scotch bonnet pepper
1 lime, juiced
1 Tbsp cilantro, chopped

Additional Toppings:
Pineapple jam or guava jam (you can typically find this in the Caribbean/world food section of the grocery store, or at a Caribbean grocery store)
12 sesame buns (or any type of slider buns you prefer)

Directions:

Channa (Chickpea Filling):
1. Finely chop the onion, garlic cloves and green onion.
2. Add a few spoons of oil to a large pot at medium heat. Then sauté the onion, garlic and green onion.
3. Once the onions become translucent, add the turmeric, geera and curry powder and stir – add a bit of water if necessary to keep the ingredients from sticking to the pot.

4. Add the drained chickpeas and chopped cilantro and stir. Then pour enough water to cover the chickpeas and scotch bonnet pepper (do not cut the pepper). Let the ingredients simmer on medium heat until soft, adding more water when necessary to keep the mixture from burning or sticking to the pan.
5. Once the chickpeas have softened and the mixture has a thick consistency, take it off the heat and let cool.

Chutney:
1. Use a grater to shred half the field cucumber and place in a bowl.
2. Finely chop the 1/3 scotch bonnet pepper, removing most of the seeds (this pepper is incredibly spicy, so be careful when handling) before adding to the bowl of grated cucumber.

3. Add the lime juice and chopped cilantro to the bowl.
4. Mix the ingredients together and place in a mason jar.

Assembly:
1. Lightly toast the sesame buns and spread a generous portion of pineapple jam to the bottom of the bun, then add a few spoonfuls of the chickpea channa mix, top with a bit of the spicy cucumber chutney, and enjoy!

Looking for more nutritious, flavour-packed recipes to feed a crowd? Here are 16 Party-Perfect Vegan Appetizers. And for all things chickpea-related, check out these 75 Chickpea Recipes to Make Your Heart Happy.