Black Bean Sloppy Joes


  • 2 Tb coconut oil
  • 1 small red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 ¾ cup frozen* cherry tomatoes preferably organic
  • 1 garlic clove finely minced
  • 2 cups cooked black beans or 1 x 19-oz. organic if using canned, drain and rinse very well, BPA-free can of black beans
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp chile powder
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
  • ½ Tb coconut sugar
  • 2 Tb balsamic vinegar
  • * The recipe calls for frozen cherry tomatoes but if you only have fresh, use them and just reduce the amount of water you blend with the tomatoes to 1 2/3 cups.


  1. In a large saucepan, melt the coconut oil over medium heat and sweat the red onion for 2 minutes or until translucent.
  2. Blend the frozen cherry tomatoes with 2 cups water and add to the saucepan. Add the garlic, black beans, salt, spices, coconut sugar and balsamic vinegar.
  3. Cook over medium heat for 15-20 minutes or until the mixture has reduced into a thick, sloppy sauce.
  4. Serve over quinoa, brown rice or buns of your choice.