Instant Pot Sloppy Joes –Tired of cooking? Ready to break out your InstaPot and get a satisfying meal on the table in a fraction of the time it would take from traditional methods? These Instant Pot Sloppy Joes will have you drooling. They are easy to make, kid-friendly, and so delicious!
I’m sure many of you are wondering what in the world an Instant Pot is. The Instant Pot is a revolutionary new appliance made for cooking, slow cooking, steaming, and sautéing all sorts of food. This post will be about one specific recipe that can be done in under 30 minutes using this amazing device- Sloppy Joes!
This recipe will show you how to make these yummy sandwiches using your favorite ground beef with onions and green peppers cooked right into the meat, so there’s no need to add them later on, as most recipes call for. It’ll also teach you how to use your Instant Pot to not burn while cooking. At last, we’ll put everything together and enjoy our meal without any need to turn on the stove!
What Are Sloppy Joes?
I’ve always loved the smell of Sloppy Joes. It reminds me of my childhood when I would come home from school to find Mom making dinner. And now that I’m all grown up, I still love it! What are sloppy joes?
Simply put, they’re meat, onions, and peppers with tomato sauce cooked together in a skillet (traditionally) until they’re thick and saucy. The filling is then spooned into buns or bread rolls and served with pickles on the side. Our favorite way to make them is by using ground beef (we like to add taco seasoning for some extra flavor), but you can also make this dish with ground turkey or chicken! This recipe makes about 8 servings, so there’s plenty leftover for lunch!
Ingredients Needed For Instant Pot Sloppy Joes
- Olive Oil
- Green Bell Pepper
- Ground Beef
- Minced Garlic
- Light Brown Sugar
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Ground Paprika
- Optional To Serve: Hamburger Buns, Coleslaw, Pickles, Scallions, etc.
How To Make Instant Pot Sloppy Joes
Add the ground beef and diced onions to the Instant Pot Bowl, brown the meat by pressing the Instant Pot’s saute button. Saute until the meat is fully cooked.
Once the meat is fully browned, add the ketchup, BBQ sauce, and Ancho Chili Powder. Mix well, then add your lid, set the manual high pressure for 10 minutes. When the time is up, do a quick release.
Serve on top of a roll and add some dill pickle slices in between the sandwich.
Some Common Questions Asked About Making Instant Pot Sloppy Joes
Do you have to brown the meat first?
No, the Instant Pot will fully cook your meat. There is no need to add your meat to a skillet and cook it first.
Can I Use frozen ground beef?
Absolutely, as you saute the meat, it will thaw, and you will still get the great taste of the sloppy joes.
My advice would be to wait until the ground beef is almost fully browned before adding the onions and then saute the onions for a couple of minutes. Otherwise, the onions will burn.
Why did I get a BURN message?
The Burn message on the Instant Pot only means that something has settled at the bottom and has stuck to the bowl.
When you mix everything to add the sauce and spices, make sure to really mix the ground beef and onions, this way, if there is a piece of meat or onion stuck to the bottom, it will come off as you mix.
How to serve sloppy joes
Today, since I made a BBQ sloppy joe, I added pickles, but you do not need to do that. There are so many ways to add a special touch. Some of my favorites are:
- Sliced Cheese
- Bacon Bits or Whole Bacon Slices
- Pepper Rings
Storing / freezing
This is a great meal to prep ahead of time; I usually let it cool to room temperature and then place it into an airtight container. Then when I want a sloppy joe sandwich, I reheat the meat.
If you want to freeze the sloppy joe meat, just let it cool to room temperature and then place it into an airtight container or freezer bag. Then place into the freezer. It will last about 2 to 3 months.
To use frozen: I usually place the frozen sloppy joes from the freezer to the refrigerator the night before using them. Then reheat and make your sloppy joe sandwiches.
Some Great Side Dishes for Instant Pot Sloppy Joes:
- INSTANT POT CORN ON THE COB
- AIR FRYER CORN ON THE COB
- HOMEMADE CHICK-FIL-A COPYCAT COLESLAW RECIPE
- AIR FRYER SPICY FRENCH FRIES
- 1 pound ground meat, lean
- 1/2 cup diced onions
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup BBQ Sauce
- 1 teaspoon Ancho Chili Powder
- Dill Pickle Slices
- Brioche or Potato Buns
- Add the ground beef and diced onions to the Instant Pot Bowl, brown the meat by pressing the Instant Pot's saute button. Saute until the meat is fully cooked.
- Once the meat is fully browned, add the ketchup, BBQ sauce, and Ancho Chili Powder. Mix well, then add your lid, set the manual high pressure for 10 minutes. When the time is up, do a quick release.
- Serve on top of a roll and add some dill pickle slices in between the sandwich.
- Plate, serve, and enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 544Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 126mgSodium: 1163mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 2gSugar: 28gProtein: 35g
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