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Instant Pot Sloppy Joes

Instant Pot Sloppy Joes

  • Author: Fluffy


When I was a young mother I’d often make sloppy joes for my kids and they loved it. One of the reasons that they mentioned was that they loved biting into a big sandwich that fell all over the place. Myself, I never really got it and tried to eat my sloppy joes with care to keep it all contained into the bun. Since my kids loved it I just made it all the time and it became one of my staples.

This meal is really cheap, fast, and obviously delicious. It’s easy to get these ingredients and throw them all together really fast to make a quick meal on the run. This meal is just like the old days except it takes me even less time to make than when I did it by hand. Also, it’s much better to make the sauce yourself with your own ingredients as it tastes better and is healthier.

One thing to note about this recipe is that with most things in an instant pot, they can sometimes come out a little watery at first, so just give it a few minutes when you finish and let it reabsorb by stirring it.



  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or other oil with high smoke point
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 large diced yellow onion
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced
  • 4 celery sticks diced
  • 1 green bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp cider vinneger
  • 1 1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Sliced red onion for serving
  • Pickle slices for serving


  1. Select the saute setting on the instant pot and heat the oil
  2. Add the beef and saute, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks for 8 minutes until cooked through
  3. Stir in the yellow onion, carrots, celery, bell pepper, garlic, and salt and saute for 10 more minutes until the vegetables have softened and are giving up their liquid
  4. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, vinegar, worcestershire sauce, sugar, pepper, and nutmeg and stir
  5. Secure the lid and set the pressure release to sealing
  6. Press the cancel button to reset the cooking program, then select the bean/chili setting and set the cooking time for 20 minutes at high pressure
  7. Perform a quick release by moving the pressure release to venting or you can let the pressure release naturally and leave the pot on the keep warm setting for up to 10 hours
  8. Open and stir one last time
  9. ‘Ladle sloppy joe mixture onto the buns and serve