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!

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!
5 from 124 votes
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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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Beth

I love love love this recipe. The flavors are so much more layered than in other recipes. The first time I used ground beef, after that ground turkey (85% lean). So my question – for this or *any* recipe where we brown chunks or ground meat first – is why can’t I get the nice flavorful brown bits on the bottom of the pan? Everything cooks beautifully, but there’s never anything to scrape off the bottom. I heat the IP Duo Evo Plus first – generally on 6, the highest sauté setting, sometimes on high, until it reaches the temp.… Read more »

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Shay

Can I do the same recipe w just a pound of beef?

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Phyllis Phillips

Your recipes are so great. I’m a IP newbie & have been cooking in it for about a week. I want to make this, but we don’t like any kind of peppers. Will not then using it effect the flavor? TIA

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Phyllis Phillips

I made this tonight. It was delicious!!! Thank you 😋5 stars

Bonnie Stenz

I’ve been looking for a good sloppy Joe recipe for a while, and this is the end of my search! I love how tender and juicy the meat is. I stirred in about a teaspoon of chili powder and used plenty of black pepper. We don’t care for bell peppers, so I used some finely chopped celery.5 stars

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idd

I forgot to hit “rate.” Definitely a 5+!5 stars

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idd

I’ve always made my homemade sloppy Joe’s stove top because I add a full bunch of lacinato kale, 8-10 oz of mushrooms, and 1 more bell pepper, and allow it to simmer on the stove for 2+ hours to help break down the kale. I recently started small cutting the kale, mushrooms, and bell peppers to pulse in the Quisinart to further blend them into the mix. It’s a great way to disguise the veggies and fool the “I don’t like kale” children! Last weekend, the grandkids visited. So, I did the same using the cooking procedure & time you… Read more »

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Joyce D

Tried this tonight and it was a hit even with my very picky eater who only minimaly complained (but ate it up!). Looking forward to finding other winning recipes!5 stars

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idd

If you double the recipe in the Instant Pot, would you add more cooking time? Many thanks!

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Beth

I used an on-line converter for ingredients measured by grams, since I’m in the U.S. and clueless if not using ounces or cups. There was a difference converting grams to cups versus ounces. I’m guessing ounces is the better way to go? Excuse my ignorance! I don’t remember how I calculated when making your wonderful recipe recently – I think by weight.5 stars

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Beth

Absolutely the most amazing, flavorful sloppy joe recipe ever! I mistakenly used a tablespoon of dijon instead of a teaspoon but it wasn’t too mustardy. Can I assume doubling the recipe works since it wouldn’t overload the IP? If so, I wonder the best way to drain the liquid. I used a turkey baster but there could be too much meat for it to work well.5 stars

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