Ditch the can and make Instant Pot Sloppy Joes part of your weeknight rotation! It’s fast, easy, and doesn’t disappoint!

Check out how easy these Instant Pot Sloppy Joes are to make!

Sloppy Joes are a long time family favorite around here. I mean it took my son a little while to really get into them at first. He was kind of like the kid who thought he was getting served poo on a bun (see hilarious YouTube Video presentation below), but now he eats them by the dozen.

Now, you may be asking why in the world I would show you that video or even mention Sloppy Joes and poo in the same sentence, but lets be real here, Sloppy Joes don’t really look all that appetizing. Despite looks, Sloppy Joes are amazing and truly a moms best friend. They take only a few minutes to throw together and tend to be one of the easiest weeknight meals you can make.

In my house, dinner is usually a real struggle. I can never seem to make everyone happy all at the same time. So, when I find a meal (like Instant Pot Sloppy Joes) that wins my family over, I tend to make it often.

For years I only used the canned stuff to make Sloppy Joes. But, because we are difficult, my family only likes one specific kind of Sloppy Joe mix that my local store now no longer carries (of course). Instead of driving for 10 extra minutes to grab a single can for dinner, I decided enough was enough.

After my five minute debate in the car about if it was REALLY that far of a drive to the other store, I took it upon myself and made my very own version of Sloppy Joes (in the Instant Pot because who has time to cook on the stove)! To my amazement it came out MUCH better than the can stuff we normally eat! I felt such accomplishment after my triumph. I though that those cans held the most secret ingredients, but now I know they have nothing on me!

The real question though was would my family eat it. So, I did what any normal mom would do and didn’t say a single thing about changing up traditional Sloppy Joe night. I just sat patiently and waited for the the reactions. Next thing I knew, my husband says to me “These taste better then normal, did you do something different?” as he stuffed another bite in. I must have been grinning from ear to ear because his next question to me was what did you do!

All in all, Instant Pot Sloppy Joes are on of the easiest weeknight meals you can throw together! Trust me when I tell you you don’t need the can! You can make your own!

Some Tips:

  • You can use frozen meat (like in my instruction pictures), but you will need to cook for 7 minutes on manual then quick release to break it up, then put it back on for another 7 minutes to finish cooking. If you don’t do this you will end up with a big meatloaf cooked in Sloppy Joe sauce.
  • Just look at the ingredients like a guide. Measurements in this are not make or break. Don’t like something take it out, want to add something, do it. This is a really simple recipe.
  • You can make a big batch of this and freeze it in small portions. It freezes well and warms up nicely!

Instant Pot Sloppy Joes

Turn Instant Pot on to satue. In a small bowl mix togther, ketchup, brown sugar, tomato paste, mustard, chili powder, vinegar, and Worcestershire then set aside.

When Instant Pot is hot, add in hamburger and garlic.Cook until meat starts to brown then drain fat.

Add meat back into the pot. Add celery, peppers, and onion. Cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Turn Instant Pot off and add ketchup mixture.

Cook on manual high pressure for 7 minutes. Quick release when the timer is up.

In a small bowl, mix together water and corn starch. Turn Instant Pot back onto satue and add corn starch mixture. Cook for 1-2 minutes until sauce becomes thick.

homemade sloppy joes sandwich on a pan
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Instant Pot Sloppy Joes

These sloppy joes sandwiches will make a great family meal everyone will enjoy.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 19 minutes
Instant Pot Pressure Build Time 18 minutes
Total Time 57 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Ashley

Equipment

6 qt Instant Pot

Ingredients  

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ½ large onion chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • cup chopped green bell pepper
  • ½ cup celery chopped
  • 2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp prepared mustard
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tbsp chili powder
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

Instructions 

  • Turn Instant Pot on to saute. In a small bowl mix together, ketchup, brown sugar, tomato paste, mustard, vinegar, chili powder, and Worcestershire then set aside.
  • When Instant Pot is hot, add in hamburger and garlic.
  • Cook until meat starts to brown then drain fat.
  • Add meat back into the pot. Add celery, peppers, and onion. Cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Turn Instant Pot off and add ketchup mixture and beef broth.
  • Cook on manual high pressure for 7 minutes. Quick release when the timer is up.
  • In a small bowl, mix together water and corn starch.
  • Turn Instant Pot back onto saute and add corn starch mixture. Cook for 1-2 minutes until sauce becomes thick.
  • Give everything a nice stir then serve on buns.

Notes

If you plan on using frozen meat, cook on manual high pressure for 7 minutes then quick release. Chop meat up with spatula (because it will be cooked in chucks) and place back under pressure to finish cooking for 7 minutes. Quick release when the time is up.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 476mg | Potassium: 440mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 448IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is a big hit at my house! So easy and flavorful! I’ve started adding other veggies, like finely chopped mushrooms, and my pickier eater doesn’t even notice. This is my go-to every time!

  2. 5 stars
    Misread the recipe and mixed the stock with the ketchup mixture. I was a little nervous but it turned out perfect. No need for the cornstarch slurry.

  3. 5 stars
    Hello, and thank you for sharing a wonderful recipe. My 12-year daughter is learning how to cook and wanted to try making Sloppy Joes and I found this recipe. She prepared and cooked the entire meal and it was fabulous! Will definitely make it again.

  4. 5 stars
    I’m new to the Instant Pot. I’ve been making one dish after the other for the past 2 weeks. This is by far the best dish I’ve made yet. Thank you! I used pure maple syrup instead of the sugar.

  5. 5 stars
    Hi Ashley, Many thanks for a really excellent Sloppy Joe recipe! I didn’t change a thing. Our buns of choice were Brioche Buns from our local Holiday Market, very soft and fluffy. Wonderful!

  6. 5 stars
    Made this tonight in a pinch! Let me say it was absolutely delicious! We don’t like peppers or celery so left them out. I Substituted A1 sauce for Worcestershire because we didn’t have any and still came out great. Will definitely make this again and will add into our dinner rotation!

  7. 5 stars
    I made Sloppy Joe’s using this recipe for the second time last night. We LOVED it! The only thing I left out was the celery. Otherwise it was exactly as written. When I was growing up my mom always used the packet mix to make them for us. This is SO much better. It’s really easy and it doesn’t take long to do it once all the veggie chopping is done. Thanks for the recipe!

  8. This was the best Sloppy Joe recipe I have ever made!!!!! It came out perfect and tasted like it simmered for hours. The flavors melded together perfectly. I just left out the green peppers as I did not have them in hand. My husband who is a poor eater are 2. Thank you for great recipe😊

  9. 5 stars
    I made this with ground turkey and followed the rest of the recipe exactly. Delicious! Shared the recipe with friends who said the same. Thank you!

  10. I was looking for something to make in our new instant pot and came across this recipe thanks to Google. I haven’t had Sloppy Joes in years and was pleasantly surprised how good this was. I’m always looking for something new to try; you get tired of eating the same meals.The recipe was easy to follow, quick to make, and quite tasty! I would definitely make this again.

  11. 5 stars
    This turned out so well. Absolutely delicious! I planned to use a packet with tomato paste for my Sloppy Joes. I didn’t have a packet so I usd this recipe. So much better than the packet! Thanks for sharing.

  12. 5 stars
    This is a great recipe for Sloppy Joes. Perfect balance between and sour. I’ll be making this again.

    I also made your Goulash recipe. It’s excellent too.

    Thanks.

  13. I would like to make this for a party but would have to 4x’sthe recipe. Would the cooking time be the same?

  14. 5 stars
    Hi! My family loves this recipe! Quick question (I’m relatively new to the instant pot world)….if I were to double or triple the beef in this recipe, do I do that for all the other ingredients as well?
    Thanks!

    1. I haven’t done it personally, but I would think you would be able to just double the beef without the other ingredients. 🙂

  15. 5 stars
    this makes a yummy sloppy joe!! There is not much I would change in this recipe except to add a bit of crushed red pepper.
    In fact, I love this recipe so much I’m trying to figure out how I can make it in bulk and can it (using a proper pressure canner, not IP). I think if I stop at step 3, mix everything together then proceed with canning, the meat will cook during canning.

  16. 5 stars
    Good recipe! I love my Instant Pot and all the great recipes on Pinterest. Thanks from cantstopcooking.

  17. 5 stars
    I made these tonite – and while hubby who is not “instant pottied” yet came through the kitchen and miffed at all of the ingredients – – it was delicious!! And we served on rolls and shredded cheddar and a little Mozzarella cheese topped under the broiler for a couple of mins. Definitely a keeper. Thank you for the recipe.

  18. Made this last night. Took longer than expected but that was a user error since it was the first time using the pressure cooker. Anyway, it came out great. The whole family liked it and the 2yo kept saying “more more!” There’s no leftovers! I didn’t need to thicken the sauce at the end. Again, could be user error, but the sauce was perfect so i didn’t bother.

  19. 5 stars
    My husband loved loved loved it! He loves sloppy Joe so he knows a good recipe, I didn’t even plan on this recipe for tonight’s dinner but had almost everything in the house! Definitely making again and again! Yum!!

  20. Am looking forward to trying this recipe! My Mom’s recipe used some celery seed, going throw it in!

  21. I made this for dinner tonight. Doubled the recipe, so I made a couple of adjustments. No worcestershire sauce, so I used soy sauce and only two tablespooms for the double batch, cut back 1 tablespoon of mustard. It was delicious. So much better than that Manwich crap.