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BBQ Lentil Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Looking for an easy vegan dinner recipe? These stuffed sweet potatoes are filled with tangy BBQ lentils for a super satisfying and simple meal.

two bbq lentil stuffed sweet potatoes topped with herbs

BBQ Lentil Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Howdy, friends! I’ve got a recipe coming at you today that’s been in my back pocket for a few weeks now, and I thought it would be perfect for this week since the Super Bowl is Sunday!

Do you watch the Super Bowl? Only watching for the half time show and the ads? Only go to the parties for the food? I get you. Don’t get me wrong, I love watching football. It’s HUGE down in the South. But I will admit, the best part about football season is the food. All the dips you could want (hummus, guac, salsa…oh my), hearty chilis, sweet potato fries – touchdown, indeed.

If you’re still planning your Super Bowl party menu, or staying in but want to participate in the football festivities, add these stuffed sweet potatoes to the menu. They’re truly make for the perfect vegan game day food. The BBQ lentils are just like a sloppy joe, then we’re stuffing them inside a potato aka serious comfort food.

two sweet potatoes topped with a bbq lentil filling

Ingredients for BBQ Lentil Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

I made these for the first time for my mom and step-dad (an avid meat-eater), who then proceeded to say, Emilie, those were freaking awesome. You need to put those on the blog. Uhhhh yeah, that was the plan! If you want to make your own BBQ lentil stuffed sweet potatoes for game day, here’s what to add to your grocery list:

  • Sweet potatoes. I think piling your BBQ lentils in stuffed sweet potatoes is the best way to enjoy them honestly. The sweetness of the potato really compliments the tangy barbecue sauce, but if you prefer something like a russet potato, it will totally still work.
  • Lentils. There are different varieties of lentils, but they’ll all cook the same in this recipe. I used green lentils, but use whatever variety you have on hand.
  • Olive oil. A bit of olive oil goes a long way to make our bbq lentils super rich and satisfying.
  • Onion. All good recipes start with a base of sauteed onion! I recommend a yellow onion for this bbq lentil recipe.
  • Carrot. Carrots will add a bit more natural sweetness to balance out the barbecue sauce.
  • Garlic. I recommend using fresh garlic cloves for this recipe. Since we’re keeping the ingredients pretty simple, you’ll really taste the difference than fresh garlic makes!
  • BBQ sauce. I whipped up a batch of my Healthy Barbecue Sauce for this recipe, but you could also use 1 cup of your favorite store-bought barbecue sauce

a plate of sweet potatoes filled with barbecue lentils and topped with a drizzle of avocado sauce

How to Make BBQ Lentils

These BBQ lentils are actually quite simple to make, so you can whip them up super quickly with minimal fuss and then enjoy the game (or the show you’re binge watching on Netflix).

Before you get started on anything else, get your sweet potatoes in the oven to bake. You could even do this the day before you want to eat them and stash them in the fridge to be reheated. A word of wisdom from my momma, who got it from her grandmother: bake the sweet potatoes until caramelized goodness starts oozing out. That’s when you know they’re ready!

I used my Healthy Barbecue Sauce in this recipe, which I love for spicing up beans, grains, or using as a dip for veggies. It only calls for a handful of ingredients, most of which you probably already have. If you don’t want to make your own (which I highly recommend, as it’s so cheap), you can use about 1 cup of pre-made barbecue sauce.

To make the bbq lentils, you’ll start by adding your lentils to a pot of water and bring them to a simmer. Those will need to cook for about 15-20 minutes or until tender. While the lentils  are simmering, start sauteing your carrots and onion in a skillet for about 5 minutes or until they start to soften. Then add in your garlic for a minute or two. Next add in your barbecue sauce and give everything a good stir. Once your sauce has simmered and started to cook down a bit, you’ll add your cooked lentils and maybe a bit of water if you want the mixture to be a little thinner. Once you’re happy with the level of sauciness, you’re ready to stuff your delicious BBQ lentils into some sweet potatoes!

These Barbecue Lentil Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are the perfect plant-based entree to serve on game day or at a party. Hearty and satisfying with a BBQ kick!

How to Make Vegan Avocado Sauce

Now these stuffed sweet potatoes are delicious as is just with the BBQ lentils. But if you really want to kick things up a notch, I also made a delicious vegan avocado sauce that is so freaking delicious on top of these sweet potatoes. And the best part is it’s the easiest part of the whole recipe to make!

To make the avocado sauce, simply toss a half of an avocado into a blender with some non-dairy milk, hot sauce, salt, onion powder, garlic powder and black pepper. Blend it up until it’s super smooth and creamy. You’re gonna want to pour this avocado sauce on everything for now on – you’ve been warned.

a sheet tray full of sweet potatoes, all stuffed with a bbq lentil filling and topped with kale

Build Your Own Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

I don’t know about you, but I love to be able to put my own plate together at parties. Who doesn’t love a build-your-own baked potato bar? These BBQ lentil stuffed sweet potatoes are so perfect for game day because you can easily just set all the ingredients out separately and let your friends put their own meal together! It makes it more fun for everyone, and means less work for you!

To set up a build your own stuffed sweet potato bar, I would put out all of your potatoes, a bowl of the BBQ lentils, your avocado sauce, and then pick a few other fun toppings for people to choose from! I topped my stuffed sweet potatoes with some sauteed kale, but you could also put out some coleslaw, vegan cheese, vegan sour cream, fresh herbs, sauteed bell peppers – whatever you want!

I also love enjoying these with some veggies or salad on the side, but if you’re making these for a crowd, you could serve them with a huge dollop of hummus or guac and chips. Or both, because how could I make you choose between hummus and guac?

two sweet potatoes stuffed with lentils and topped with an avocado sauce

More Vegan Game Day Recipes

The key to the best vegan game day food is keeping it simple – both simple to make and simple to eat. If you’re looking for more ideas, check out these vegan game day recipes:

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BBQ Lentil Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Looking for an easy vegan dinner recipe? These stuffed sweet potatoes are filled with tangy BBQ lentils for a super satisfying and simple meal.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hour
Total Time:
1 hour 10 mins
two bbq lentil stuffed sweet potatoes topped with herbs
Yield:
4-5 servings 1x
Rating: 4.7 from 3 reviews

Ingredients

  • 45 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup dry lentils
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrots, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1 batch Healthy Barbecue Sauce (see below), or 1 cup store-bought barbecue sauce
  • Avocado sauce (optional):
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet; bake for 1 to 1.5 hours, until they are tender and oozing.
  2. In a large pot, add 3 cups water; bring to a boil. Add lentils; bring water back to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, cover, and cook for 15-20 minutes, until lentils are tender. Remove from pot and set aside.
  3. In the same pot over medium heat, warm oil. Add chopped onion and carrots; cook for 5-7 minutes, until tender and browned. Add garlic; cook for one more minute.
  4. Add all the ingredients for the Healthy Barbecue Sauce (or 1 cup store-bought sauce) into the pot; stir until all the veggies are coated. Bring to a boil; cover, and reduce to simmer for 10-12 minutes.
  5. Add the lentils to the sauce; stir to combine. Add more water if needed.
  6. In a blender or food processor, add avocado, milk, hot sauce, onion powder garlic powder, and pepper.
  7. Slice the potatoes down the middle; top with sautéed vegetables (optional). Spoon the lentil filling into each sweet potato. Top with optional avocado sauce.

*You can use 1 batch of the Healthy Barbecue Sauce or 1 cup store-bought barbecue sauce. This is a good vegan option!

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