Sloppy Joes
By :The Healthy Meal Prep Instant Pot Cookbook by Carrie Forrest
Instant Pot Sloppy Joes
These Sloppy Joes are perfect for those evenings when you don’t have anything planned but need dinner on the table fast. You just need to add the meat and spices and let the Instant Pot® do all the work. These Sloppy Joes can be served on hamburger buns or on top of sweet potatoes or mashed potatoes.
Instant Pot Sloppy Joes
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Rating: 4
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Cuisine American
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Kid-Friendly, Meat
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 lbs 90% lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 16 oz tomato puree 1 can
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • Purple slaw for garnish (optional)
  • Fresh chopped parsley for garnish (optional)
Cuisine American
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Kid-Friendly, Meat
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 lbs 90% lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 16 oz tomato puree 1 can
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • Purple slaw for garnish (optional)
  • Fresh chopped parsley for garnish (optional)
Instant Pot Sloppy Joes
Votes: 7
Rating: 4
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Instructions
  1. Select Sauté and add the olive oil to the inner pot. Once the oil is hot, add the ground beef and cook for 3 minutes, using a spatula to break up the meat.
  2. Press Cancel and add the onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, tomato purée, ketchup, soy sauce, and brown sugar. Stir to combine.
  3. Lock the lid into place. Select Pressure Cook or Manual; set the pressure to High and the time to 10 minutes. Make sure the steam release knob is in the sealed position. After cooking, naturally release the pressure for 10 minutes, then quick release the remaining pressure.
  4. Unlock and remove the lid. Stir the Sloppy Joe mixture to make sure it’s well combined.
  5. Serve immediately garnished with purple slaw and parsley, if desired, or place the Sloppy Joes in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 2 months
Recipe Notes

GLUTEN-FREE OPTION: Use tamari in place of the soy sauce.

MEAL PREP TIP: The meat has a ton of flavor, so it’s great for leftovers. Besides serving it on a bun or over potatoes, you can also serve it on top of a salad for a low-carb option.

PER SERVING Calories: 246; Fat: 12g; Carbohydrates: 7g; Fiber: 1g; Protein: 24g; Sodium: 400mg

12 replies
  1. grvander
    grvander says:

    Super easy! Used ground turkey and since the weight was slightly more than the double recipe I increased the spices. I only had tomato paste so I added some tomato juice to make up the difference in volume. Added to my favorites.

  2. Ashdown
    Ashdown says:

    Followed the recipe to a “T” and was on for about 5 mins. Said food burn and it burnt all to the bottom of the inner pot before the ten minute timer started!

  3. Mona19662002
    Mona19662002 says:

    Real easy to make, i doubled the recipe, but i used fresh onion and garlic. Next time I’ll add a bell pepper. First time i ever made homemade sloppy joes, i usually just get a can of manwich…but after making this I’m sticking to this recipe

  4. DivineFenix
    DivineFenix says:

    I too received a “Food Burn Error” trying to make this. Not sure where I went wrong or if the instructions aren’t descriptive enough.

  5. Rebecca L Tellez
    Rebecca L Tellez says:

    Mine scorched and burnt too after about 6 minutes. I would have to spice it up more for my husband but it was fine for me other than being scorched

  6. Erik
    Erik says:

    The people getting food burn error messages are not using enough liquid or too much tomato paste and ketchup without enough water. Use a dry white wine ( a cooking wine is just as good) as part of the extra liquid. The alcohol will evaporate faster than plain water. If the final product is still more soupy than you prefer mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 1-2 tablespoons cold water. Mix well and stir into the piping hot mix. Contuinue to stir until thr cornstarch slurry has been absorbed into the mix. This should thicken the mixture nicely and also give it a lovely shiny appearance.

  7. Rachael
    Rachael says:

    I made this and followed the directions exactly they way it said and the pot didn’t even get to pressure before it gave the food burn warning. It was pretty scorched on the bottom, therefore was not even able to finish cooking it the way I was supposed to be done. I don’t understand how it is possible to do the the recipe says to without it scorching.

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