Crockpot Sloppy John – black beans and rye berries

Since  Hoppin’ John is rice and beans, I named this dish Sloppy John.  It resembles a cross between rice and beans, barbecue baked beans, and sloppy joe’s.   So yummy (and cheap). 

1 cup rye berries

2 cups dried beans (I used small black beans, also called turtle beans)

4 cups water

2 bouillon cubes.  (I used one cube of Knorr brand tomato bouillon with chicken flavor {Caldo de Tomate Con Sabor de Pollo}, and one cube of Knorr brand Chipotle mini cubes).

1 cup finely diced onion

1/4 cup finely diced celery

1/2 cup finely diced bell pepper (I used a scant quarter cup of dehydrated bell pepper, which hubby tolerates better than fresh.  It’s also an economical choice, especially in the winter)

1 tsp minced garlic (I used dehydrated minced garlic)

1/2 cup bottled barbecue sauce (my favorite bottled sauce is Sweet Baby Ray’s Sweet & Spicy, but I used a dollar store brand for this recipe that tasted a lot like Kraft original barbecue sauce), a squirt of mustard, a tsp of vinegar and Splenda to taste

1 cup tvp mixture (optional see recipe)

You probably could add all ingredients into crockpot and cook on low until tender (which I’m guessing would be about 6-8 hours.  If I knew I was going to make baked beans, I probably would have started them before bed to cook while we sleep).  I’ll try that next time, but I’ll describe exactly what I did, and the order I did it in.  I invented the dish as it cooked, so it was inspiration, not planning that directed the order of ingredients.

In crockpot, combine water, bouillon cubes, rye berries, and dried beans.  Simmer until beans and berries are tender (I started them on high and after about an hour turned it down to low.

Add remaining ingredients and simmer until vegetables are tender.  I actually didn’t add the tvp/meat mixture until after this step, and it was really just as good without the tvp/meat mixture, which is why I listed it as optional.

I ate this right from the crock, served in a bowl, but it was thick enough to serve on buns, or to top baked potato, or even to use as a taco/burrito filling or as a pasta topping – or maybe a taco salad topping. 


5 Responses to “Crockpot Sloppy John – black beans and rye berries”

  1. suzeeeq Says:

    Yum, thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to try it!

  2. gweny dvais Says:

    I’d like to try your recipe. what is the “tvp mixture” recipe ? thanks in advance for your response.

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