Vegetarian Sloppy Joe Tacos

Vegetarian Sloppy Joe Tacos |

This post is sponsored by Cans Get You Cooking. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

Popping in with a timely update of one of our most popular recipe posts (Sloppy Joe Tacos – a dinner I make several times a month) that I’ve turned into a vegetarian meal. Each portion features a hefty serving of veggies but with the yum factor that both sloppy joes and tacos always deliver.

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When the Cans Get You Cooking program approached me to create a recipe to support their #CansForComfort campaign, I jumped at the opportunity. Serena and I have been long-time proponents of using canned goods in our recipes, Facebook Lives and our cookbooks – they’re convenient, shelf-stable staples that make it easy to whip up nutritious and family-friendly meals. We always have our pantry stocked with Mediterranean staples like canned tomatoes, canned beans, canned olives, canned broths (and the list goes on.)

Vegetarian Sloppy Joe Tacos |

And during these times when we aren’t able to grocery shop as often, and all of our stress levels rising, we find ourselves relying on our pantry filled with canned goods more than ever.

So, with this in mind, I created these Vegetarian Sloppy Joe Tacos – mashing up two favorite comfort food dishes in a recipe that features many pantry ingredients – like canned tomato soup, canned beans, canned corn – that you probably have on hand.

Vegetarian Sloppy Joe Tacos |

And canned goods not only deliver on nutrition (DYK that kids and adults who use 6+ cans per week are more likely to have diets higher in 17 essential nutrients like potassium, calcium, and fiber?[i] [ii]), but also help with food waste – an issue that continues to be top of mind these days.

Here are some of my favorite canned food facts:

  • Canned produce goes from field to package within 4 hours vs. fresh produce that takes an average of 24 hours from field to store.[iii]
  • Canned foods have similar – (or at times, better!) nutritional profiles as their fresh or frozen counterparts.[iv]
  • During the canning process, waste – like peels, cores and other inedible plant matter is removed and re-used as agricultural feed or compost.[v]

Vegetarian Sloppy Joe Tacos |

Check out the recipe below and for more delish #cansforcomfort recipes, visit


[i] Comerford, K. B. (2015). Frequent Canned Food Use is Positively Associated with Nutrient-Dense Food Group Consumption and Higher Nutrient Intakes in US Children and Adults. Nutrients, 7(7), 5586–5600.
[ii] Freedman MR, Fulgoni VL 3rd. Canned Vegetable and Fruit Consumption Is Associated with Changes in Nutrient Intake and Higher Diet Quality in Children and Adults: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2001-2010. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2016 Jun;116(6):940-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2015.10.013. Epub 2015 Nov 24. PubMed PMID: 26617186.
[iii] Length of Time Qualitative Audit – Duration and Steps in Processing Canned and Fresh Produce. Can Manufacturers Institute, May 2014.
[iv] Miller, S. R., & Knudson, W. A. (2014). Nutrition and Cost Comparisons of Select Canned, Frozen, and Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 8(6), 430-437. doi:10.1177/1559827614522942
[v] Length of Time Qualitative Audit – Duration and Steps in Processing Canned and Fresh Produce. Can Manufacturers Institute, May 2014.


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