Avoca-JOES. Vegan Sloppy-Joes in Delicious Avocados!

Sloppy joes for many are associated with their childhood- the carefree days of summer, family BBQs, and just the “good times”. And really, who doesn’t love a good joe? Welllllll… I have a delicious, healthy, vegan recipe for you that will throw ya back to those times, but at the same time will fuel your health. A joe? And a healthy joe? I am avOKAY with that! Annnd this is carnivore husband tested + tried. Verdict: He LOVED them!

Grocery List:

  • 6 Avocados
  • Two 15 oz. cans (or 4 cups) of rinsed and dried cooked chickpeas
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/3 medium red onion,diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, minced
  • 1 15-oz. can unsalted tomatoes with liquid
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 3 TBSP low sodium soy sauce
  • 1.5 TBSP Sriracha (omit if you don’t care for too much spice)
  • 1 TBSP all natural maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • Plain vegan yogurt (or plain greek yogurt if you are OK with straying from the 100% veg.)


  1. Chill avocados in refrigerator (trust me- they are much better cool than room temp.) for a few hours.
  2. Cut in half & de-pit the avocados, and scoop out about 1/4″ of the center
  3. Dice garlic, mince red pepper and onion
  4. In a mixing bowl, mash chickpeas with clean hands or a fork into small chunks, set aside. (If you notice the skins falling off the chickpeas, just go ahead and pull them out of the mix & discard).
  5. Heat the olive oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat.
  6. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until the onions are translucent/garlic is fragrant.
  7. Add the bell pepper and mashed chickpeas; sauté for about two minutes
  8. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, soy sauce, Sriracha if desired, syrup, oregano, cumin, paprika, thyme, a touch of salt and pepper; simmer, stirring for about 15 minutes until heated through and thickened. (If it starts to stick too much, turn down heat a touch and add a little water to deglaze the pan).
  9. Scoop heaping 1/4 cup chickpea mix into avocados
  10. Serve immediately with 1/4 cup yogurt of choice!
  11. Bon appetite!

**Feel free to add the “joes” to a plain bun or butter lettuce wraps if you aren’t an avid-avo fan!

Nutritional Facts per 1/2 stuffed avocado: (makes about 12 halves).

Calories: 213

Fat: 10g

Carbs: 25g

Sugar: 4g

Protein: 7g


xo <3


76 thoughts on “Avoca-JOES. Vegan Sloppy-Joes in Delicious Avocados!

      1. Yayyyy! I know you will enjoy! They are just sooo good. I made a whole other batch tonight. It’s a new addiction I think. Lol. Thanks for stopping by, Theresa 🙂

  1. Sounds a wonderful recipe Mackenzie 😀The presentation is very professional, and must taste yummy if a carnivore likes them!! Have a great day Dear, huggs, Terri❤

  2. These look unbelievable!! Getting my roots done now and this is making me soooo hangry as you say! Thanks for recipe!

  3. Lol I don’t like sloppy Joe’s but I do like avocados and I just wanted to leave a comment and acknowledge your avocaJOE JOEkes ;)) love how colorful they turned out too! <3

  4. Holy deliciousness!!! I seriously have been dying to make sloppy joes but Andrew (the healthier eater between the two of us) is always just brushing off the idea because he thinks its too unhealthy for his liking….BUT NOW, now I can show him this recipe! WIN! Also I saw that you added sriratcha in it……you know the way to my heart <3 <3

    xo, JJ

    1. YA GIRL- I GOTCHUUUU!!!!!!! I hope ya’ll enjoy this recipe (sriracha makes it in mi opinionnn). <3 Oh and I'll DM you my number right now- I keep forgetting! AH! XO

  5. Great to see you back posting Mackenzie! I always love seeing your name in the reader. This looks amazing! I’ve really been working on trying to start going vegan, and it’s hard to know what to eat! I’m totally going to make these!

    1. AWWW! Thank you, Natalie! <3 You are the bestttt. This comment made my day. And seriously- I HIGHLY recommend these. And my stuffed sweet potato recipe. My husband isn't even vegan and he loves them! Have a great weekend 🙂

    1. Hi Courtney! I am so excited you stopped by so I could discover your amazing blog too. I LOVE it! And yessss girl- do try! I put avocado on my vegan joes for so long and one day was like, “well might as well just eat them out of an avocado!”. I’m amazed that even my husband loves them. ENJOY! XO

    1. Yayyyy! Oh I do hope you enjoy! I also have a stuffed vegan potato recipe that is my personal fave vegan dinner. I have been on a kick for months, and finally this recipe is my new obsession! And your boyfriend will love, my husband even said he was surprised they are vegan. If you get around to trying them out I’d love to hear what you think 🙂 Have a great weekend, beautiful!

  6. Yum!! I need to try making these, they so look so tasty and pretty, too! Or better yet, show this to my sister who will make them for me hahaha.

    1. Yayyy! I hope you enjoy them, love! <3 Let me know if you (or your sister!) have a chance to make them & whatchya think! You won't be disappointed 😉

    1. RIGHT?! Avocado is currently my obsession. I have an avocado smoothie that is insanely delish I’ll be posting soon. My sister was super skeptical but was amazed at how good it was. I bet you would love it! Thanks for stopping by, love. It always makes my day to hear from you!! XO

    1. I hope you have a chance to make them sometime! I made them for my hubby and my sister’s boyfriend and they DEVOURED them. (That’s always the true test, right?!). Hope you are doing so well, love. My life has been tremendously hectic, but I can’t wait until things slooooowww down so I can catch up on everything going on with you! <3 XO

  7. WOAH!! This is my literal dream meal right now and it’s currently 8:15am hahah! I’ll definitely give these a whirl!!

  8. Ooookay first off the name of these… you are so dang clever! All the little ways you incorporated avocado and joe into the post cracked me up. Also they look freaking delicious! And that’s coming from a meat lover. I can’t wait to try!

    1. Hehe I’m so glad you got a kick out of that 😜 and DJ is such a meat lover too but really loves these! I hope you enjoy, Anna! 😘

    1. They are SO good. Even my husband and my sister’s boyfriend loved them (and they are meat lovers). Hope you get the chance to try them!

  9. Oh Mack, this looks so delicious!! I love your healthy recipes – the goodness comes right off the page.

    I hope you are doing really well. Thinking of you with love right NOW. Blessings to you and DJ and for your week, Debbie
    ps – I’m in Colorado! About to go to a spiritual retreat … was just in Zion and Bryce Canyon. Truly beautiful. I think you’d love it if you’ve never been there. <3

    1. Debbie!!!! I bet you would love these!

      And ohhhh wow!!! That sounds MAGICAL!!!!! I have never been to Colorado- but I hear it’s breathtakingly beautiful. My sister lives there, and we have talked about planning a trip there! This comment seems a bit serendipitous as a push to get that ball rolling! 🙂 I hope you have a PERFECT, wonderful, and tremendous rest of your trip. <3 <3

      1. ps – I just wanted to mention Mack that you are welcome to contribute a post to Forgiving Fridays! It can be anything that inspires you to forgive – either a new post or one that you’ve already done. All you need to do is include #ForgivingFridays in your tags & a pingback to my most recent Forgiving Fridays post. Here’s the link if helpful! (https://forgivingconnects.com/2017/05/26/todays-forgiving-fridays-accepting-and-loving-myself-as-i-am/)

        Either way, have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

      2. Awww thank you for letting me know, Debbie! I’m super late to reading this comment, but I can’t wait to check out the post 🙂 <3

  10. Oh my Avocado these look ah-may-zing! I definitely have to try this recipe! I LOVE stuffed avocados. Literally my favorite food group! Hope you are well beauty! Miss you! <3

    1. KM!!!!!!! So good to hear from you love. I am so bummed how much I’ve had to put blogging on the back burner lately 😭😭 but yes yes- you would LOVE these!! I MISS YOU! and so does California. I think it’s been too long since you’ve graced this state with your presence. 💕💕

      1. Aweeee huge hugs. It is totally alright sweets! Life gets crazy! I miss you! Haha girrlll I have had major California withdrawals! My Type A personality needs some California chill asap! It has! xoxo <3

      2. YES YES YES. DJ and I took a trip (as you know) to Tahoe this weekend because I just NEEDED to chill. SO pleaseeee, come back and chill with me soon. (Or perhaps I go back to the BIG city!?). I’m serious when my program ends I would love to plan for that. XO <3

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