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Instant Pot Sloppy Joes

This Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Recipe is a classic American comfort food made easier! It's sweet, saucy, and oh-so-flavorful!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ground beef, instant pot, sandwich
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 311kcal
Author: Jennifer Debth




  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 green bell peppers diced
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • Buns cheese, pickles, etc. optional for serving


  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, garlic powder, salt, and hot sauce until well combined. Set aside.
  • Hit SAUTE on your 6 quart Instant Pot.
  • Once it reads HOT, add in olive oil, beef, onion, and peppers.
  • Cook, breaking up the meat as you go, until the beef is no longer pink.
  • Hit CANCEL on the Instant Pot, remove the beef mixture, and drain any excess grease.
  • Deglaze the Instant Pot with Worcestershire and vinegar, scrapping up any brown bits from the bottom.
  • Place the beef mixture back into the Instant Pot, then pour the sauce mixture on top - DO NOT MIX - this helps avoid a BURN reading.
  • Cover and lock the lid - make sure the pressure valve is pointed toward SEALING.
  • Cook on HIGH pressure for 5 minutes.
  • Allow the Instant Pot to naturally release for 5 minutes before flipping the pressure valve to VENTING.
  • Hit SAUTE on the Instant Pot, bring the mixture to a simmer, and simmer until thickened to your liking, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.
  • Serve with a slotted spoon if it’s too saucy for you.
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Serving: 1person | Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 1429mg | Potassium: 818mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 435IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 4mg