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Easy Instant Pot Sloppy Joes

Instant Pot sloppy joes are easy protein packed meals even your kids will love. If you’re looking for pressure cooker ground beef recipes, this is #1. Served on slider buns or made into sloppy joe egg rolls you can make with ground turkey too.

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Instant Pot sloppy joes are probably top on their list as far as dinner planning goes. I make them a few times a month at least. Looking for more easy Instant Pot recipes? We have hundreds here on The Typical Mom blog! (affiliate links present)

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I’m all about easy ground beef recipes around here. They’re cheap and everyone in my family loves them. You can make this one in your Crockpot Express, Ninja Foodi or any other pressure cooker brand you have.

I made this easy sloppy joe recipe for years on the stovetop. Now it was time to use my new favorite kitchen appliance! You can just use saute or pressure cook to really lock in those flavors.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

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InstaPot Sloppy Joe

I tweaked it a bit adding bell peppers and a few other ingredients. Figuring out the timing was another step. After a few batches we determined which was absolutely perfect so we could share it with you. I sometimes have to make a meal more than once to make sure it is just right.

I’d hate to share something with y’all that might have an issue, it has to be perfect. Now if you like spicy you can adjust it for that really easily. My favorite way of adding heat would be some dry Sriracha or red pepper flakes works as well.

It is always best to use fresh or defrosted meat but if you need to know how to cook frozen ground beef to begin with try one of these methods. Then you can continue on with the other steps to add all that deep flavoring.

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Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Ingredients

You could use any sort of ground beef you wanted, or a combination of two of them. Chicken or turkey would be the lowest in fat while sausage offers a lot of flavor and can make them spicy. Serve with small buns like sloppy joe sliders or larger sandwiches.

  1. Lean ground beef
    1. or ground turkey if you wish
  2. Bell peppers
  3. Onion
  4. Olive oil
  5. Garlic
  6. Tomato sauce
  7. Salt and pepper
  8. Worcestershire sauce
    1. I’ve used soy sauce as a substitute at times
  9. Tomato paste
  10. Brown sugar
  11. Mustard
  12. Chili powder can add a bit of heat
  13. Hamburger buns

How do you thicken sloppy joes?

You always want it nice and thick with the sauce. I didn’t find a need to do anything extra for this one but if you wanted a different texture you could add more tomato paste and a bit less sauce. You can thicken sloppy joes with simple ingredients like a slurry of cornstarch and water. Typically you can have this meal ready in approximately 30 minutes total.

  • In a small bowl just whisk together a few tbsp. of cornstarch and water. Set your pot to saute, and add the cornstarch and water mixture. Stir, allow to bubble, and it will get thicker. 
  • As it sits in the pot and cools it will thicken more as well.
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How Long to Cook Sloppy Joes in Pressure Cooker

10 minutes is the real cook time but that doesn’t account for the time it takes to reach pressure and start to count down. I use a wooden spoon almost always as to not scratch my non stick pot. This recipe is really great because it is super easy and there’s tons of flavor when it’s done.

This is how I start cooking almost all of my Instant Pot ground beef recipes:

  1. You need to add olive oil into your pot and set it to saute.
  2. I add my ground beef and onions now. If you’re including bell peppers now is a good time to add those too.
  3. You want your veggies to soften and outside of your meat to no longer be pink. It doesn’t need to be completely cooked through, just browned on the outside.

Stir occasionally throughout this step and turn your pressure cooker off once this stage is complete.

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Do you drain the meat for sloppy joes?

This is totally up to you. Sloppy joes are an all American favorite meal prepared with ground beef, ketchup, tomato sauce, and a few other common ingredients. These delicious sandwiches are loose in their consistency and aren’t intended to take shape like a normal hamburger. I personally do not drain the grease. I feel it gives it a bit more flavor to leave it in and I use lean meats so there usually isn’t much anyway.

Now you’re going to add all your other ingredients and pressure cook them all together. Lock the lid and close your steam valve for this step.

  • Cooking time for this stage is just 5 minutes on high pressure followed by a quick release.
  • Once you remove the lid, stir and you can serve from here!
  • I always unplug my pot when done because even though it is done cooking it remains on warm and can begin to burn the bottom if you don’t.

Why are sloppy joes called sloppy joes?

According to stories, a cook named Joe at Floyd Angell’s cafe in Sioux City Iowa added tomato sauce to his loose meat sandwiches and the term sloppy joe sandwich was created. The rest as they say is history! Today there are TONS of varieties and ways to make these popular sandwiches. You can add just about anything to them really!

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Serving sloppy joes are typically served on hamburger buns. Use your imagination though! We love this recipe incorporating noodles too we called Instant Pot sloppy joe casserole, totally fun dish. You could even serve it over chips and call them sloppy joe nachos! Other pressure cooker recipes you’ll love:

This is just one of our favorite Instant Pot kids recipes. You can find a lot more on that post to enjoy with your family.

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Can You Make Sloppy Joes with Ground Turkey?

You can totally use any sort of ground meat you like. There is chicken and turkey that are lower in fat, and spicy sausage is another favorite. I like half beef, half spicy Jimmy dean if I can find it and they are on sale. Adds a ton of flavor, a bit of heat, and even the kids prefer this blend.

Time needed: 7 minutes

Instant Pot Sloppy Joes

  1. Saute

    Put pot on saute function. Add oil and once it is hot add your diced onions, bell pepper, garlic and saute for about 2 minutes to soften them slightly.

    Add ground beef and cook until outsides are no longer pink, then turn pot off. Pour in all other ingredients in the list inside the pot and stir together.

  2. Cook

    Put lid on and set to pressure high for 5 minutes. Allow to naturally release steam for 2 minutes, then quick release. Put on buns and serve.

Super easy and cheap meal we all love and costs under twenty bucks to feed all of us. That is my goal so win win.

How to Save Leftover Sloppy Joes

If you have leftovers they save quite well. Wait until the mixture cools off completely and then transfer it to a plastic container or freezer bag. Seal the container or baggie tightly so as little air as possible gets trapped inside.

Keep in the fridge for up to 3 days. When you reheat it I would just go ahead and use your microwave for about 1 minute. Stir halfway thru and you can even add some shredded cheese to the top the last 15 seconds to melt. Serve this over rice instead of inside a bun to change things up, or just alone.

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Instant Pot Sloppy Joes

Instant Pot sloppy joes is an easy protein packed meal even your kids will love. If you're looking for pressure cooker ground beef recipes, this is #1.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword frozen ground beef, instant pot, pressure cooker, sloppy joes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 265kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Put pot on saute function. Add oil and once it is hot add your diced onions, bell pepper, garlic and saute for about 2 minutes to soften them slightly.
  • Add ground beef and cook until outsides are no longer pink, then turn pot off.
  • Add all other ingredients in the list inside the pot and stir together.
  • Put lid on and set to pressure high for 5 minutes. Allow to naturally release steam for 2 minutes, then quick release.
  • Put on buns and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Sloppy Joes
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 265 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 795mg35%
Potassium 531mg15%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 960IU19%
Vitamin C 32mg39%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Saturday 25th of March 2023

Just made sloppy Joe's. So so good. The only thing I would change cooking on l Iow heat instead of high heat. Mine started to burn but I did drain the turkey fat from the turkey meat. But overall the be8thst.

The Typical Mom

Sunday 26th of March 2023

Yes there may not have been enough liquid as a barrier on the bottom. having a non stick pot will help with this in the future. Glad it was a hit


Saturday 4th of February 2023

Easiest and tastiest sloppy joes.

We did a blind taste test and our grandchildren like Instant Pot Sloppy Joes much better than the canned version! Family favorite.


Tuesday 25th of October 2022

I made this exactly as the instructions said, however my entire family says that it is really bland. Could I have done something wrong time make this dish have such a lack of flavor.

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 26th of October 2022

Depends on whether they think they want it sweeter, hotter or more zing. You can easily adjust to your family's preference. More zing = more mustard, sweet add more brown sugar and Srirach will add heat.


Wednesday 10th of February 2021

I have only used my Instant Pot for the past month so you can for sure say I am a beginner! I tried the sloppy joe recipe and kept getting the burn error. I tossed my sloppy joe mix in a bowl, cleaned my instant pot and threw in another easy meal and it did fine..... the hubby and kids really wanted the sloppy joes so I tried placing it back in the pot with a cup of tomato juice added and I am still getting the error! Any help would be much appreciated!


Thursday 2nd of December 2021

@The Typical Mom, Yeah, I've made this several times and always get the burn error no matter what I do. I will consider getting the ceramic pot and try it again though because the recipe is great.

The Typical Mom

Thursday 11th of February 2021

Hmmm, did you deglaze the pot after sauteeing the ground beef? That is a must. I would also HIGHLY suggest getting the non stick ceramic pot vs. the one it came with. It will almost entirely eliminate the burn message showing up. Most of the time it is false and not really burning but the sensor thinks it is. With the non stick there is an added barrier and doesn't trigger it, game changer. Link near top of page for the one I have.

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