Instant Pot Sloppy Joes

Make Family Favorite Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Recipe (Pressure Cooker Sloppy Joes). Sweet-savory, umami homemade sloppy joe is gratifying to eat. Kid-friendly and super easy to make!

Make this Classic Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Recipe (Pressure Cooker Sloppy Joes) because it’s an all-time Family Favorite! One bite after another, these sweet, savory, slightly tangy, and umami homemade sloppy joes are soo gratifying & comforting to eat. Kid-friendly & super easy to make!

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Oh boy! There’s just something about homemade sloppy joes that grabs my heart and tickles my taste buds!

The tender meat crumble in sweet-savory, tangy-umami sauce, the juicy messy yumminess squished in a bun, bring back delicious childhood memories.

So simple, yet delicious.
So messy, yet gratifying.

I can seriously eat this Instant Pot Sloppy Joes all day long like a kid with their bucket of Halloween candies.

Make Family Favorite Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Recipe (Pressure Cooker Sloppy Joes). Sweet-savory, umami homemade sloppy joe is gratifying to eat. Kid-friendly and super easy to make!

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You’ll Enjoy Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Because:

  • So easy to make and oh sooo delicious!!
  • Kid-friendly & family-friendly yum
  • Can make big batch ahead and freeze for later
  • Great for parties, cooking for a crowd, potlucks, picnics, BBQs, vacations, camping…
  • Makes a simple yet satisfying meal: for delicious lunch, easy & quick dinner, or awesome snack…

Make Family Favorite Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Recipe (Pressure Cooker Sloppy Joes). Sweet-savory, umami homemade sloppy joe is gratifying to eat. Kid-friendly and super easy to make!

Ingredients for Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Recipe


Make Family Favorite Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Recipe (Pressure Cooker Sloppy Joes) Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pound (671g) lean ground beef
  • 1 (200g) onion, diced
  • 1 (200g) green or red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 (10g) garlic cloves, minced
  • ¾ cup (188ml) ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) light soy sauce (not low sodium soy sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon (12.5g) brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) dijon mustard
  • ½ cup (125ml) water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt & ground black pepper to taste
  • Optional: 2 – 3 drops liquid smoke
  • Spicy Version: cayenne pepper to taste
  • Serve With: 4 – 8 burger buns, toasted

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Instructions for Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Recipe


Step 1
Prepare Pressure Cooker

Tool

Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

how to use instant pot - saute more function

Heat up your pressure cooker over medium high heat.

  • Instant Pot: press Sauté button and Adjust button once to Sauté More function

Ensure your pot is as hot as it can be.

  • Instant Pot: wait until indicator says HOT

Step 2
Brown Ground Beef

Ingredients

1 ½ pound (671g) lean ground beef
Kosher salt & ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil

Season ground beef generously with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Add 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil in pressure cooker. Ensure to coat oil over whole bottom of the pot.

Add ground beef in pressure cooker.

Make Family Favorite Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Recipe (Pressure Cooker Sloppy Joes): add ground beef into Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

Loosen up and break down the ground beef into crumble bits with a wooden spoon.

Make Family Favorite Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Recipe (Pressure Cooker Sloppy Joes): loosen up the ground beef into crumble bits with a wooden spoon for browning process

*Pro Tip: The ground beef will begin to release moisture. At the 5-minute mark, drain & discard the ground beef juice.

Allow ground beef to brown. Stir occasionally until they are slightly crisped and browned (~5 – 7 minutes).

Step 3
Saute Vegetables

Ingredients

1 (200g) onion, diced
Browned beef
1 (200g) green or red bell pepper, diced
3 (10g) garlic cloves, minced

Add diced onion to browned beef and saute for 2 minutes.

Add in diced bell pepper and minced garlic, then saute until fragrant (roughly a minute).

Make Family Favorite Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Recipe (Pressure Cooker Sloppy Joes): add and saute diced bell pepper in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Step 4
Deglaze

Ingredients

1 tablespoon (12.5g) brown sugar
1 tablespoon (15ml) light soy sauce (not low sodium soy sauce)
1 tablespoon (15ml) Worcestershire sauce
½ cup (125ml) water

Add 1 tbsp (12.5g) brown sugar, 1 tbsp (15ml) light soy sauce, 1 tbsp (15ml) Worcestershire sauce, and ½ cup (125ml) water, then fully deglaze bottom of the pot by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits with a wooden spoon (as shown in below photo).

Make Family Favorite Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Recipe (Pressure Cooker Sloppy Joes): deglaze ground beef with wooden spoon

Mix the brown bits with the liquid mixture.

Step 5
Pressure Cook Sloppy Joes

Ingredients

1 tablespoon (15ml) tomato paste
1 teaspoon (5ml) dijon mustard
¾ cup (188ml) ketchup

Layer 1 tbsp (15ml) tomato paste, 1 tsp (5ml) dijon mustard, and ¾ cup (188ml) ketchup on top (as shown in photo below). Do not mix!

Make Family Favorite Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Recipe (Pressure Cooker Sloppy Joes): layer tomato paste mixture on the browned sloppy joes meat, do not mix!

Close lid and pressure cook at

  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 5 minutes, then 10 minutes Natural Release

After 10 minutes, turn venting knob to venting position to release remaining pressure.

Open the lid carefully.

Step 6
Toast Burger Buns

Ingredient

4 – 8 burger buns

On a skillet, toast burger buns for a few minutes over medium heat.

Step 7
Reduce and Season

Ingredients

Optional: 2 – 3 drops liquid smoke
Spicy Version: cayenne pepper to taste
Kosher salt & ground black pepper to taste

If the Sloppy Joe meat sauce is too runny, give it a quick stir and cook for another few minutes over medium heat (Instant Pot: Press Sauté button).

Make Family Favorite Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Recipe (Pressure Cooker Sloppy Joes): stir pressure cooked sloppy joes meat with a wooden spoon to reduce the meat sauce, then season as desired.

Now is a good time to add in the optional liquid smoke and cayenne pepper if desired.

Taste and season with more kosher salt and black pepper if necessary.

Step 8
Serve  Instant Pot Sloppy Joes


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Make Family Favorite Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Recipe (Pressure Cooker Sloppy Joes). Sweet-savory, umami homemade sloppy joe is gratifying to eat. Kid-friendly and super easy to make!

Construct the Sloppy Joes with toasted burger buns.

Make Family Favorite Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Recipe (Pressure Cooker Sloppy Joes). Sweet-savory, umami homemade sloppy joe is gratifying to eat. Kid-friendly and super easy to make!

Serve with Tater Tots or your favorite side dishes.

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Make Family Favorite Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Recipe (Pressure Cooker Sloppy Joes). Sweet-savory, umami homemade sloppy joe is gratifying to eat. Kid-friendly and super easy to make!

Instant Pot Sloppy Joes

Make Family Favorite Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Recipe (Pressure Cooker Sloppy Joes). Sweet-savory, umami homemade sloppy joe is gratifying to eat. Kid-friendly and super easy to make!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Calories: 244kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pound (671g) lean ground beef
  • 1 (200g) onion , diced
  • 1 (200g) green or red bell pepper , diced
  • 3 (10g) garlic cloves , minced
  • ¾ cup (188ml) ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) light soy sauce (not low sodium soy sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon (12.5g) brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) dijon mustard
  • ½ cup (125ml) water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt & ground black pepper to taste
  • Optional: 2 - 3 drops liquid smoke
  • Spicy Version: Cayenne pepper to taste
  • Serve With: 4 - 8 burger buns toasted

Instructions

  • Prepare Pressure Cooker: Heat up your pressure cooker over medium high heat (Instant Pot: press Sauté button and Adjust button once to Sauté More function). Ensure your pot is as hot as it can be (Instant Pot: wait until indicator says HOT).
  • Brown Ground Beef: Season ground beef generously with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil in pressure cooker. Ensure to coat oil over whole bottom of the pot.Add ground beef in pressure cooker. The ground beef will begin to release moisture. At the 5-minute mark, drain & discard the ground beef juice.
    Allow ground beef to brown. Stir occasionally until they are slightly crisped and browned (~5 – 7 minutes).
  • Saute Vegetables: Add diced onion to browned beef and saute for 2 minutes. Add in diced bell pepper and minced garlic, then saute until fragrant (roughly a minute).
  • Deglaze: Add 1 tbsp (12.5g) brown sugar, 1 tbsp (15ml) light soy sauce, 1 tbsp (15ml) Worcestershire sauce, and ½ cup (125ml) water, then fully deglaze bottom of the pot by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits with a wooden spoon. Mix the brown bits with the liquid mixture.
  • Pressure Cook Sloppy Joes: Layer 1 tbsp (15ml) tomato paste, 1 tsp (5ml) dijon mustard, and ¾ cup (188ml) ketchup on top. Do not mix. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 5 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release. After 10 minutes, turn venting knob to venting position to release remaining pressure. Open the lid carefully.
  • Toast Burger Buns: On a skillet, toast burger buns for a few minutes over medium heat.
  • Reduce and Season: If the Sloppy Joe meat sauce is too runny, give it a quick stir and cook for another few minutes over medium heat (Instant Pot: Press Sauté button). Now is a good time to add in the optional liquid smoke and cayenne pepper if desired. Taste and season with more kosher salt and black pepper if necessary.
  • Serve: Construct the Sloppy Joes with toasted burger buns. Serve with Tater Tots or your favorite side dishes.
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Nutrition:

Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 576mg | Potassium: 651mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 320IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 3.3mg
Course: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Meat, Party Food, Quick Meals, Snack, Super Easy
Cuisine: American
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Make Family Favorite Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Recipe (Pressure Cooker Sloppy Joes). Sweet-savory, umami homemade sloppy joe is gratifying to eat. Kid-friendly and super easy to make!

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Samantha
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Samantha

I didn’t follow directions, I didn’t have Worcestershire, and I stirred all of the ingredients together (except for the ketchup) before I realized some were supposed to be layered, not stirred. Also, I failed to realize my liquid smoke doesn’t come out in drops. So I accidentally added at least two teaspoons before I closed the lid. Still, this was delicious. I will definitely make this again.

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Suzanne
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Suzanne

I made this for my family and everyone loved it! Now I want to make it for a group of 14 people(4 families). I’m wondering if I can double or triple the recipe? I may need a bigger instapot? How much meat can I use and then how long would I cook it?

Rick Hudson
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Rick Hudson

Fantastic!! We were looking for a different Friday movie night recipe. This is a Big hit!!
Love y’all!!

Neil
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Neil

Have tried quite a few pressure cooker sloppy joe recipes and this is the best yet. Will definitely make this one again.

Caitlin
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Caitlin

So good! I made these for my partner and I tonight and we both loved them. I added the liquid smoke and cayenne and asked if they were too spicy; he said they had the perfect mix of sweet and salty and just a kick of spice. I hadn’t had sloppy joes since I was a kid and this brought back so many memories. Only, these were way better than any Joes I had had as a kid. Thank you so much for the recipe. This is one we love and will definitely put into steady rotation. Lots of love… Read more »

Becky
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Becky

Oh my! This was a wonderful meal! Easy, flavorful, and one pot! I wish I was still hungry… I have made several recipes from this site, and they have all been very successful. I am impressed with your experimentation and sharing the results. I am equally impressed with your willingness to answer questions, and be personable and personal with your followers. I followed this recipe as is with one exception. I had all the ingredients on hand except bell pepper and didn’t want to go shopping. I substituted jarred roasted red pepper and it was lovely. I prefer bolder flavors… Read more »

Dee
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Dee

This is a great recipe! We always make homemade sloppy joes trying to combine family recipes. They’re never quite right. Everyone enjoyed these and the cook enjoyed easy prep and clean up all in one pot! Super tasty and definitely quick and easy. Thank you! This is our new ‘family’ recipe!

Judy Satterlee
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Judy Satterlee

Amazing..I like sweet. I added bit more brown sugar!!! Enjoyed!

Ashlee Maas
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Ashlee Maas

These sloppy joes were absolutely amazing! We have tried many of your recipes and enjoy them all so much. My fussy youngest kiddo doesn’t rat a while lot but he inhaled his sloppy joe bun and all! Thank you so much for such an awesome, easy dinner!

Sara Snavley
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Sara Snavley

Finally tried this recipe today and we loved it! A great blending of flavors. We will make this again!

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