Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Recipe
Believe it or not, sloppy Joes weren’t originally made by using ground beef and a store-bought can!
Growing up, my mom made homemade sloppy joe sauce using a combination of ketchup, brown sugar and a few spices.
She would brown the ground beef, add in the sauce and let it simmer on our stove until it was nice and thick.
The flavor was amazing! And we always had extras to store in the freezer for a quick meal whenever we needed one.
I never knew there was such thing as canned sloppy joe sauce until I was cooking for myself in college.
This seemed practical to me. It was quick, easy and all I needed was ground beef, a can and hamburger buns!
However, since then, I realized that the homemade version is filled with so much more flavor and can be much healthier for you!
As an added bonus, Instant Pot Sloppy Joes can be made in minutes and not require me to heat up my kitchen in the middle of summer!
The ingredients used in the sauce are ones that are commonly found in your pantry.
To make it a little healthier, I use Hunt’s Ketchup that is 100% natural and doesn’t include high fructose corn syrup.
And if you are trying to avoid refined white sugar, you can use Hellman’s Ketchup that uses honey as the sweetener.
We have even made Instant Pot Sloppy Joes with hot and spicy ketchup before! The options are endless when you make it yourself!
Check out our Creamy Shredded Chicken sandwiches also made in the Instant Pot.
Check out the printable recipe below and all of our recipes and let me know what you think!
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Instant Pot Sloppy Joes
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 TBSP olive oil
- 1 medium onion diced
- 4 cloves fresh garlic minced
- 1 cup Ketchup
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- 2 TBSP Dijon mustard
- 2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp chili powder
- kosher salt
- ground black pepper
- Place Instant Pot on sauté mode.
- Add oil and sauté onions for 3 minutes and add garlic. Continue to sauté until tender.
- Add beef to the pot and cook until lightly browned (a little pink is okay because you will be pressure cooking it).
- Add ketchup, tomato sauce, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir well.
- Close the lid and place lever in the sealing position. Pressure cook/manual on high pressure for 10 minutes.
- After the cooking time has expired, carefully perform a quick pressure release.
- Mixture will thicken as it stands.