Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 pound frozen Tater Tots (about 5 cups)

1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1 14-ounce package extra-firm tofu, drained

2/3 cup ketchup

1/3 cup chili sauce (such as Heinz)

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 onion, chopped

1 stalk celery, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

4 hamburger buns, split

4 slices white cheddar cheese

Bread-and-butter pickles, for topping


  1. Preheat the oven and bake the Tater Tots as the label directs. Toss with 1/2 teaspoon chili powder and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder; season with salt and pepper.
  2. Meanwhile, crumble the tofu on a paper towel-lined plate. Mix the ketchup and chili sauce in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, celery, carrot and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring, 3 minutes. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon chili powder and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder. Cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add the tofu, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Cook, stirring, 3 minutes. Add 3/4 cup of the ketchup sauce and 1/3 cup water; simmer until thickened, 2 minutes.
  4. Place the bottom buns on a baking sheet. Top with the tofu mixture, the remaining ketchup sauce and the cheese. Bake until the cheese melts, 3 minutes. Add the pickles and top buns. Serve with the Tater Tots.