Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Recipe

Enjoy an easy dinner in just minutes. These Instant Pot Sloppy Joes are homemade, kid-friendly, and the perfect sweet and tangy weeknight meal recipe idea!

Sloppy Joes are a family favorite in our house. But growing up, we always made them my momma’s way.

One pound of ground beef, browned…drain and add enough Open Pit barbecue sauce to make them “sloppy.”

That’s it.

It wasn’t until years later that I realized those sandwiches were more like loose meat BBQ, not traditional sloppy joes.

Sloppy Joes originally got their name from a cook name Joe at Floyd Angell’s cafe in Iowa. He added tomato sauce to a loose meat sandwich, and thus became the classic dinner.

Sticking with the tomato sauce, I’ve created the perfect Sloppy Joe Recipe in the Instant Pot. You can also make this on the stove top or slow cooker, see below for details!

How to Make Instant Pot Sloppy Joes

STEP 1. Brown the meat.

Turn your pressure cooker to SAUTE, and add ground beef. Cook until brown and crumbly. Drain any excess grease or liquid and transfer meat to a plate. Set aside.

STEP 2. Cook the vegetables.

While on SAUTE, add olive oil to pressure cooker. Add diced onion, green pepper, and garlic to instant pot. Cook for about 3-4 minutes, until peppers are softened. Add in crushed tomatoes, water, light brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, chili powder, dry mustard, salt, and pepper. 

PRO TIP: Use a wooden spoon to scrape up the bits on the bottom of the pan. Otherwise you may get a burn notice!

STEP 3. Pressure cook.

Add the beef to the mixture, stirring to combine. Lock the lid and turn valve to SEALING. Select HIGH PRESSURE and cook for 6 minutes.

Use a quick pressure release and carefully remove the lid after the valve drops. If your sauce is too thin, SAUTE for a minute or two until it boils and thickens.

STEP 4. Serve.

Serve sloppy joe meat on a bun and enjoy!

Sloppy Joes made in the instant pot

Can Sloppy Joes be made on the stove?

Yes.

To make these on the stove, add beef to a large skillet or saucepan. Cook and brown the beef, drain, and set aside on plate. 

Add olive oil to skillet and cook onion, green pepper, and garlic over medium high heat. Cook for about 4 minutes, until peppers are softened.

Add remaining ingredients, and ground beef, to the skillet. Cook on low for about 20-30 minutes, until thickened. Serve and enjoy.

Can Sloppy Joes be made in a Slow Cooker (Crock pot)?

Yes!

Brown beef in skillet, or in slow cooker if yours has that function. Drain grease and add all the remaining ingredients to the crockpot.

Turn on low for 6 hours. 

Serve and enjoy!

What to serve with Sloppy Joes

We love enjoying potato chips with our homemade sloppy joes. 

But, you can also enjoy Potato Salad, Coleslaw, or Broccoli Salad for a delicious side dish! 

Don’t forget the buns!

Tips for Homemade Instant Pot Sloppy Joes

  • Some people choose to use ketchup instead of tomatoes. I love the freshness of the tomatoes and being able to control the sugar and spice in this recipe.
  • Don’t forget to deglaze the pan after adding the liquids. If you want to avoid the dreaded BURN notice, this is a must do!
  • Need your sauce thicker? You can saute a little after pressure cooking. Or thicken with cornstarch. Add about 2 Tbsp cornstarch to a bowl, with 2 Tbsp of the sloppy joe sauce. Whisk and pour into pressure cooker. Saute until thick.
  • Dice your pepper and onion SMALL
  • Today’s recipe was tested in a 6qt Instant Pot. You may need to make changes for a different size.
  • Use the leftover sloppy joes to make this delicious Sloppy Joe Pizza!!

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Yield: 8 servings

Instant Pot Sloppy Joes

Instant Pot Sloppy Joes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Enjoy an easy dinner in just minutes. These Instant Pot Sloppy Joes are homemade and the perfect sweet and tangy weeknight meal recipe idea!

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Turn your pressure cooker to SAUTE, and add ground beef. Cook until brown and crumbly. Drain any excess grease or liquid and transfer meat to a plate. Set aside.
  2. While on SAUTE, add olive oil to pressure cooker. Add diced onion, green pepper, and garlic to instant pot. Cook for about 3-4 minutes, until peppers are softened.
  3. Add in crushed tomatoes, water, light brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, chili powder, dry mustard, salt, and pepper. Scrape up the bits that remain on the bottom of the pan.
  4. Add the beef to the mixture, stirring to combine. Lock the lid and turn valve to SEALING. Select HIGH PRESSURE and cook for 6 minutes.
  5. Use a quick pressure release and carefully remove the lid after the valve drops. If your sauce is too thin, SAUTE for a minute or two until it boils and thickens.
  6. Serve sloppy joe meat on a bun and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 337 Total Fat: 16g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 101mg Sodium: 748mg Carbohydrates: 14g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 9g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 35g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

Enjoy an easy dinner in just minutes. These Instant Pot Sloppy Joes are homemade and the perfect sweet and tangy weeknight meal recipe idea!

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12 comments on “Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Recipe”

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  2. Valerie

    We’re big fans of sloppy joes and I love making them in an electric pressure cooker. Heck, I love making everything in an electric pressure cooker, I use one 3-5 times per week minimum.

  3. April

    Sloppy Joes are my favorite food! Like….they would be my last meal, I love them that much. I can’t wait to make this sloppy joe recipe!

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