Instant Pot Sloppy Joes

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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.

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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

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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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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: 6.4% | Vitamin C: 38.8% | Calcium: 3.2% | Iron: 18.2%
Course: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Meat, Party Food, Quick Meals, Snack, Super Easy
Cuisine: American
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  1. 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!

    1. Hi Ashlee,

      Thank you so much for your kind words on the recipe 🙂
      Happy to hear your youngest kid enjoyed it too!!

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

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

  3. I, too, have never posted feedback on a recipe, but this is da-bomb! ? I doubled the recipe, but only had one bell pepper. Still turned out great! Thank you

  4. The recipe is great the only thing I do differently is use ketchup that is NOT made with high fructose corn syrup. Heines natural is much better because it has no HFCS in it. But overall this is a wonderfully tasty recipe.

  5. Hi there,
    My kids don’t like bell peppers. Would it still taste good if I leave out the bell pepper? What if I susbstite with carrots instead? Thanks!

    1. Hi Emma,

      Thank you for your question 🙂

      It will still taste good without the bell peppers. Adding more carrots will make it a little sweeter.

      Have fun cooking & please take care
      Jacky

  6. Thank you so much for this recipe! We bought our instant pot recently and have been trying out new recipes. Some we haven’t eaten in ages, sloppy joes being one of them. It was absolutely delicious! I ran out of light soy, so I substituted soy seasoning sauce about a tsp, and it was perfectly ok, not too salty. Also added a tsp pf msg for added umami flavor and my husband and daughter went nuts over it. My daughter almost didn’t eat it because she doesn’t like cooked red bell peppers, but the flavor was so good she humbled herself and ate it anyway. When I asked, “Do you want to take back what you said about my cooking?” she responded, “I have no choice, this is pretty good.” haha! Will be using again for sure!

    1. Hi Vanessa,

      Thank you so much for your kind words on the recipe 🙂

      The story made our day and we are so happy to hear your daughter enjoyed it as well

      Have fun cooking & please take care
      Jacky

    1. Hi Yvonne,

      Late Reply! (We were on a trip to Asia) Thank you so much for your kind words on the recipe 🙂

      Have fun cooking & please take care
      Jacky

  7. What’s the reason for layering some of the ingredients? We wanted to use our usual recipe, but use your method. We add a couple cans of beans in sauce, so we mixed everything together. It’s just gone in now, but I’m wondering for future reference why some was just on top. Thanks!

    1. Hi Beverley,

      Late Reply (We were on a trip to Asia)! Thank you for your question 🙂

      It is to prevent the Burn error on some of the more sensitive Instant Pot.

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

    1. Hi Robin,

      Late Reply! (We were on a trip to Asia) Thank you so much for your kind words on the recipe 🙂

      Have fun cooking & please take care
      Jacky

  8. I have to admit I’ve never been a huge sloppy joe fan, but after making this recipe I can’t imagine a month going by without eating at least one. In all seriousness, it was absolutely one of the most delicious meals I’ve had in a while.

    1. Hi Alex,

      Late Reply! (We were on a trip to Asia) Thank you so much for your kind words on the recipe 🙂

      Have fun cooking & please take care
      Jacky

    1. Hi Bonnie,

      Hope you and your husband had a wonderful New Year 🙂
      Thank you so much for your kind words on the recipe!

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

  9. Loved this recipe. My daughter said they shouldn’t be called sloppy joes. They should be called delicious, awesome, amazing, sloppy joes! Thanks foe sharing your recipes.

    1. Hi Kelly,

      Hope you had a wonderful New Year & Christmas 🙂
      Your daughter is super kind!! Thank you so much for your kind comment on the recipe!

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

  10. Wow this was fantastic! Made for myself and hubby. I might reduce the sugar next time as I’m not a huge fan of anything overly sweet and it was a tiny bit too sweet for me but hubby loved it as is and actually had two oversized sloppy joes!

    Thanks!

  11. Hi Amy and Jacky,
    This is my first time making sloppy joe from scratch, therefore thanks for sharing this great recipe.

    I made a few modifications because one of my family member is on a gluten free diet, therefore I replaced the light soy sauce with Coconut aminos (soy-free seasoning sauce). I used the Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce because it is gluten free.

    My older son who is a picky eater told me this dish was great. I look forward to trying the other recipes on your site.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Sharon 🙂

      Regular soy sauce in supermarket are usually light soy sauce.

      If the Sloppy Joes is too watery, you can reduce the liquid by using the simmering function in the end.

      Please take care & have a wonderful week
      Jacky

    1. Hi Leslie,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      You can use tomato paste along with vinegar and sugar to substitute for ketchup.

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  12. Plan on making this soon. Comments are very convincing! Why light soy vs. regular soy? Is there a reason other than it’s a healthier alternative? Does it affect the taste?

    1. Hi Michelle,

      thank you for your kind words and question 🙂

      Sorry for the confusion. Light soy sauce is regular Chinese soy sauce. The one you are thinking is low sodium soy sauce.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  13. Amy, another home Run! I only used a pound of hamburger, forgot the worchester sauce and added celery ( Mom always did) and another few tablespoons of tomato paste to thicken it up (pinch more brown sugar too) it’s the best sloppy joe I’ve had since I was little and maybe better than any I’ve had! My dogs had a little bit too and gave it 2 paws up!! Thanks for all you do and give to our community!

  14. Hi Amy and Jacky. What else can I say but thank you for another great recipe.
    I made this for lunch today and besides being easy to make the final product was amazing. The taste was fantastic and also not too “sloppy” as it stayed on the bun perfectly. Once again thank you for all the testing that you do to make your recipes perfect.

    Mil

  15. I am looking at many of your recipes and many call for light soy sauce. My husband has celiac so we cook gluten free.
    Light soy sauce has wheat. Do you know of a gf light soy sauce or substitution. Thanks! Really enjoying looking at these recipes

  16. I usually cook a very simple sloppy joe mix using only onion, garlic and ketchup. This recipe blew mine out of the water! It was delicious. I didn’t have a green or red pepper on hand so I used a finely chopped pablano pepper. Great recipe with very nice depth of flavor. Thanks so much!

  17. This is by far the best sloppy joe recipe we’ve ever had. Thank you so much for sharing this!! Seriously, we’ve made this over 15 times and it has come out the same great taste every time. Absolute home run!

  18. I can’t wait to make this. Do I need to adjust the ingyand cooking time if I only use 1lb of ground beef? I was planning to add mushrooms.

  19. Wow, this was so good! I made it with homemade fries and watermelon.
    You guys are so great. Please add some new recipes soon as I have made almost all of them ??

  20. Made this for dinner last night, I’ve never had sloppy joes before, was a very picker eater as a kid and most of my adult life. This was amazing! Hubby said it was 100 times better than the can stuff.

  21. This is one of the first recipes I made in my new Ultra. My mouth has been watering for it ever since, so made it tonight for supper. Perfect on my homemade hamburger buns! Thank you!!

    1. Hi Linda 🙂

      Congrats on your new Ultra and thank you so much for your kind words!!

      Have fun cooking and let us know if you come across any questions.

      Take care
      Jacky

  22. Can’t wait to try these in the instant pot as these are all the ingredients i use for sloppy joes in my crockpot and they are always a hit.

  23. Followed the recipe to the letter (even light soy sauce from Amazon ). Absolutely delicious. The chopping is a little trouble but it blows Manwich into the weeds. Thanks :^)

  24. This is the first time I have ever commented on a food post. This is a delicious sloppy joe recipe. I didn’t use liquid smoke but decided to throw it in our electric smoker for about 20 minutes to get that smokey flavor. Will definitely be cooking this again and try with the liquid smoke the next time. Thank you for your recipe.

  25. This was my second recipe with my pressure cooker. I was less nervous this time and everything went fine. This pressure-cooking thing is pretty cool! LOVED the sloppy Jo recipe….my adult family think sloppy JOES are for kids and too sweet to boot, but everybody loved this version. Seconds all around!
    I was like the other reader who was unsure about the sauce part. I thought something had gone wrong when I opened the cooker and everything looked like I left it. I just shrugged and stirred it in and that’s when I could tell how hot it was…it had definitely cooked. Why is that? Anyway, great recipe. Thanks!

    1. Hi Christina,

      thank you so much for your kind words and question 🙂

      Since there is minimal movement in the pressure cooker to emulsify the ingredients, it will look a little unusual when opening the pot.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  26. Quick and easy recipe 🙂 I added shredded carrots with the onion and green pepper for xtra veggies and it came out great.

  27. I read the ‘dont Mix’ just a little too late…oops. It’s probably going to burn but I don’t want to throw out the whole batch. Just reduced pressure time to 7 minutes in hopes of not wrecking supper plans. Might be a McDonald’s night

  28. Just had this for dinner. Hubby and I liked it. A little burnt but still good. Had on Know brand buns. Hubby will use regular buns next time.

    1. Hi Sara,

      thank you for your kind words and feedback!!

      Make sure to deglaze the pot fully and layer the ketchup on top without mixing it in.

      Happy New Year & Have a great week!
      Jacky

  29. looks delicious! i just bought an instant pot so am new to using it. i have newbie question. when i double or triple the recipe to freeze for future use, how does that affect the cooking time? does it stay the same? and, one more, can i substitute coconut amines for the kifgt soy? thank you so much! i tried your #17 cheesecake and it was amazing. 🙂

    1. Hi Linda,

      thank you for your kind words on the cheesecake and question 🙂

      The cooking time will generally stay the same unless using the pot in pot method.

      Coconut Aminos is a great substitution for soy sauce 🙂

      Take care & have a great weekend
      Jacky

  30. Hi!

    I was just wondering, would the recipe still turn out alright if I didn’t add the Worcestershire sauce?

    Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. Hi Ashley,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      It will be fine. I would recommend adding another 1/2 tablespoon of light soy sauce.

      Take care & have a great week
      Jacky

  31. This recipe sounds delicious. I can’t wait to try it. I have a question on the direction though. The part that says layer tomato paste ketchup and Dijon mustard. Just make a dollop on top of each other on the cooked beef and closed lid? Mixed it after its done? Sorry if this is a stupid question. Thank you for sharing your recipes! I love it!

    1. Hi Nam,

      thank you for your question and kind words 🙂

      Yes, you are correct. This is to prevent the liquid from being too thick.

      Take care & have a great weekend!
      Jacky

    1. Hi Maureen,

      thank you for your question and comment 🙂

      Light soy sauce is more salty when compared to low sodium soy sauce. To make it more fail-proof, we specific the soy sauce so users will not under-season the recipe.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  32. This is an excellent recipe. I’ve been making Sloppy Joe’s for a long time and this is the best I’ve ever made. Husband thinks so, too. I did add the liquid smoke. Gives a subtle but delicious flavor. Thank you!!!

  33. Great recipe!! I substituted ground Turkey for ground beef. Hubby is really not into bread, so I put it over brown rice (and yes, I followed your recipe for that as well). Next time, I will know to triple or quadruple the recipe so I can freeze some servings for those “Idontwannacook” nights. I may serve it over a baked potato, or zoodles, or even save some to put in an omelette for the next morning. Thank you so much for the inspiration.

  34. Great recipe – thanks. The only thing that I did add was 1/2 tsp. Sweet Pickle Relish – works great and I got the idea from Alton Brown on the Food Network. Thanks for sharing.

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