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Instant Pot Sloppy Joes

One of the most beloved and versatile meals on the planet, sloppy joe’s have gotten up upgrade in the Instant Pot! This quick and easy meal can be served up sandwich style or as a potato topping for a hearty meal.

instant pot sloppy joes on a plate

Sloppy Joes were created as a variation of “loose meat” sandwiches that became popular in the 1950’s. Legend has it, Sloppy Joes made their debut at a restaurant in Sioux City, IA, created by a cook named “Joe.” He decided to add tomato sauce to his “loose meat” sandwich and the Sloppy Joe was born.

This Sloppy Joe recipe adds veggies like pepper and onion to the meat mixture. You could add even more if you want!

Making Sloppy Joes in the Instant Pot helps all of those added veggies cook faster so they are not as crispy.

The sauce for Instant Pot Sloppy Joes is simple, quick to make, and full of flavor.

ingredients for sloppy joes

Ingredients Needed To Make Instant Pot Sloppy Joes:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped ribs and seed removed
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 teaspoon jarred minced garlic
  • 4 oz tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • /4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 teaspoons herb and garlic seasoning
sloppy joes in an instant pot

How To Make Instant Pot Sloppy Joes:

  1. Heat Instant Pot on saute
  2. Add ground beef and break apart with spatula while cooking until no pink remains
  3. Turn off Instant Pot
  4. Add remaining ingredients
  5. Cover, seal and set to high pressure for 8 minutes
  6. Once complete, quick release pressure
  7. Serve on buns, baked potatoes or as desired
cooked sloppy joes in instant pot

Pro Tips…

Wondering if you can make these in the slow cooker? Yes, you can!

For Sloppy Joes in the Slow Cooker, first brown the ground beef. Then add all ingredients to slow cooker. Cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 4-6 hours. Omit the water.

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Instant Pot Sloppy Joes

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One of the most beloved and versatile meals on the planet, sloppy joe's have gotten up upgrade in the Instant Pot! This quick and easy meal can be served up sandwich style or as a potato topping for a hearty meal.
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Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:8 mins
Pressurize:10 mins
Total Time:33 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 green bell pepper finely chopped ribs and seed removed
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 teaspoon jarred minced garlic
  • 4 oz tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 teaspoons herb and garlic seasoning

Instructions

  • Heat Instant Pot on saute
  • Add ground beef and break apart with spatula while cooking until no pink remains
  • Turn off Instant Pot
  • Add remaining ingredients
  • Cover, seal and set to high pressure for 8 minutes
  • Once complete, quick release pressure
  • Serve on buns, baked potatoes or as desired

Notes

  • Make in slow cooker:  Brown meat, omit water, cook all ingredients on high 2-3 hours, low 4-6 hours

Nutrition

Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 547mg | Potassium: 601mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 392IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 364kcal

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