How To Make Sloppy Joes In Instant Pot

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Why Did I Get A Burn Message

Sloppy Joe’s in the Instant Pot ~ Easy Cooking

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.

What Do Healthy Sloppy Joes Taste Like

Healthy Instant Pot sloppy joes taste a lot like traditional sloppy joes, only slightly sweeter. The ketchup and carrots add a little more natural sweetness, and the Worcestershire sauce adds a smokiness that cant be imitated.

All the flavors combine so well in the Instant Pot, and make an amazingly cozy, and fast dinner meal.

Healthy sloppy joes are also much more filling because theyre full of nutrition, fiber, and healthy fats that traditional sloppy joes are lacking.

Leftover Sloppy Joes Ideas

If you actually have sloppy joes as leftovers you do have options to turn it into a second meal.

First, sloppy joes will stay good in the refrigerator in an air tight container for up to 5 days. Here are a few ideas to make a secondmeal with leftover sloppy joes.

  • Sloppy Joes Quesadillas Heat up the leftover sloppy joes. Place them in a tortilla with cheddar cheese and make a quesadilla.
  • Sloppy Joes Macaroni Heat up the sloppy joes mixture in a skillet. You may need to add a cup of water or broth. Stir in cooked macaroni and then handfuls of shredded cheddar cheese. This one pot dinner idea will please the entire family.
  • Make Burritos Heat up the sloppy joes in a skillet. Add in a tablespoon of taco seasoning. Stir in some beans, and cooked white rice. Then spoon the mixture onto burrito sized tortillas with some salsa and cheese. Roll up the tortilla and enjoy burritos.
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    Instant Pot Sloppy Joes

    Turn Instant Pot on to satue. In a small bowl mix togther, ketchup, brown sugar, tomato paste, mustard, chili powder, vinegar, and Worcestershire then set aside.

    When Instant Pot is hot, add in hamburger and garlic.Cook until meat starts to brown then drain fat.

    Add meat back into the pot. Add celery, peppers, and onion. Cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Turn Instant Pot off and add ketchup mixture.

    Cook on manual high pressure for 7 minutes. Quick release when the timer is up.

    In a small bowl, mix together water and corn starch. Turn Instant Pot back onto satue and add corn starch mixture. Cook for 1-2 minutes until sauce becomes thick.

    • 2/3cupchopped green bell pepper
    • 1/2cupcelerychopped
    • 1tablespooncorn starch

    Instant Pot Or Slow Cooker Sloppy Joe

    Easy Instant Pot Sloppy Joes · The Typical Mom

    If youve already noticed our collection of delicious Instant Pot recipes then youll know why were such huge fans of this great pressure cooker. But its also great in a slow cooker as well if youre wanting to make a slow cooker sloppy joe. Theres a lot of flexibility with this instant pot sloppy joes recipe and how you cook it. It all turns out great, full of flavor and be ready to have the napkins ready because it can be super messy if you add extra meat!

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    Can You Make This Sloppy Joes Recipe Ahead Of Time

    In order to prep the sloppy joes ahead of time you will need to brown the ground beef, pork, and onion first. Add the remaining ingredients and allow it to cool. Store in the refrigerator until you are ready to cook.

    Alternatively, you can prep all your ingredients in advance and cook everything the day you intend to serve it.

    You can also make the entire recipe, start to finish, up to 3 days ahead, and then store and reheat when you are ready for each meal. This is a great meal prep idea.

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  • Add broth and raw ground beef into Instant Pot. Break up the beef as much as possible. I like to use a hamburger chopper tool*. Add in the onions, pickles, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Cover Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 10 minutes. When time is up let pot sit for 5-10 minutes and then move valve to venting. Remove the lid. Drain off excess liquid. Stir to break up meat.
  • While the meat is cooking you can prepare the secret sauce, shred lettuce, slice cheese and cut pickles.
  • Stir ½ of the secret sauce into the meat.
  • To assemble the sandwiches spread the bottom sesame seed hamburger bun with some secret sauce, then add lettuce, cheese, a scoop of meat, pickles and finally the top bun. Enjoy and dont forget your napkin! These are sloppy!!
  • You can store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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    Avoid The Instant Pot Burn Notice

    • Stir heavy sauces or soups just before placing the cover on the pot for cooking. You will want the heaviest ingredients toward the top in order to ensure they dont stick to the bottom and burn.
    • Make sure your pot contains enough liquid! Add extra beef broth or chicken broth if it is already an ingredient in the recipe. If the recipe does not contain a thin liquid , add 1 1/2 cups of liquid to the bottom of the Instant Pot before cooking.
    • I do not use an 8-quart IP, but from what I have read this size is much quicker to burn than the 6-quart version. The 8-quart Instant Pot may require more liquid than the 6-quart does.

    What To Serve With Sloppy Joes

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    How To Avoid The Burn Warning

    To avoid the burn warning, make sure to measure out the ingredients correctly and use enough water in the mixture.

    Scrape any browned bits off the bottom of the pot when you stir in the broth, anything stuck on the bottom can quickly trigger the burn warning.

    Finally, make sure to stir well to have an even mix.

    Sometimes, an Instant Pot can just be extremely fickle with the burn warning. If you keep getting it, open the lid and stir in another ¼ ½ cup water. Thicken the sloppy joes with a cornstarch slurry after pressure cooking like described in the next paragraphs.

    Faq About Sloppy Joes


    Sloppy joes can indeed be frozen. Cook as directed, allow to cool, then place in an airtight container. Freeze for up to 4 months for best results.


    Depending on the size of the buns, you should have enough meat for 4-6 sandwiches from 1 pound of meat.


    To make sloppy joes even easier , complete steps 1 and 2 in the recipe. Store the mixture in an airtight container in the fridge until you are ready to throw into the Instant Pot and cook.


    Typically sloppy joe sauce is made of ground beef, onions, ketchup and/or tomato sauce, brown sugar and beef broth. Extra ingredients sometimes included: bbq sauce, tomato paste, chopped green or red bell pepper, mustard , Worcestershire sauce and liquid smoke.

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    Using Frozen Ground Beef

    This Instant Pot Sloppy Joes recipe can be made using fresh or frozen ground beef. Just in case you forgot to thaw out your beef , heres some instructions on what to do.

    If youre using frozen ground beef, youll need to defrost it slightly before you use it. Simply fill your sink with room temperature water and let the frozen ground beef thaw in the water for 20-30 minutes before using. That will soften up the outside of the beef, making it easier to cook.

    Once youve slightly defrosted your ground beef, you can saute it in the Instant Pot, scraping the browned beef off the frozen chunk of meat with a spatula and rotating it as it cooks. Its not the easiest way to cook ground beef, but it works!

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    How Do You Thicken Sloppy Joes

    Instant Pot Sloppy Joes

    If youre the kind of person who loves sauces super-thick , you may want to thicken your Sloppy Joe filling once the pressure cooking time is up.

    If your filling seems too thin once you open the Instant Pot, stir in a slurry of 1 teaspoon cornstarch and 1-2 tablespoons cold water.

    Set the Instant Pot to sauté and simmer for around 1 minute until the sauce has thickened.

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    Instant Pot Turkey Sloppy Joes

    These Instant Pot Turkey Sloppy Joes are a quick and easy one-pot meal that the whole family will love. I grew up eating Manwich Sloppy Joes but prefer to make my own seasoning and sauces now so I decided to try making my own using the Instant Pot. They are so delicious and really fast to make.

    I used ground turkey in this recipe but you can use ground beef if you prefer. Sometimes I add green bell peppers. It gives it a little extra flavor.

    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 arent 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 isnt much anyway.
  • Now youre 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 dont.

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    How To Make Air Fryer Sloppy Joe Cups

    Start by spraying your air muffin tin with cooking spray. Then add your biscuit dough, being careful to press the dough into the sides so that you create a cup. Place your muffin tin into the air fryer basket and set the temperature to 320 degrees F, air fryer setting, and cook for about 5 to 8 minutes, until they are golden brown.

    In a medium-sized saucepan, add your ground beef and diced onions. Saute until your meat is fully cooked, add in your Sloppy Joe Sauce, and cook until the mixture is hot about 3 to 5 minutes.

    Remove from the heat, and add about 1/4 cup to the biscuit cup. Add about 1 to 2 teaspoons of shredded cheese on top, and return the cups to the air fryer, and air fry at 1 to 2 minutes at 250 degrees F, air fryer setting, until the cheese is fully melted.

    How To Freeze Sloppy Joes

    Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Recipe with Ground Turkey

    This meat sauce freezes perfectly which is so perfect. Freeze in Zip Lock bags as an individual serving size or in larger freezer bags. Freeze up to 3 months. Meat Sauce is easily thawed for use later.

    I have recently enjoyed this product for Souper Cubes which is ideal for freezing leftovers into perfect single serve portions. The lid snaps on tight for no spills and I love them. Easy to wash and reuse too. They come from a young new company and Im very impressed with their products. I choose to freeze in ½ cup serving sizes for a nice Hard Roll size Sandwich.

    Souper Cubes come in a variety of sizes from small portions to larger 1 and 2 cup sizes. Check out Souper Cube products.

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    Final Notes For These Instant Pot Sloppy Joes

    Since this recipe is so easy to make, youll have plenty of time to make some sides. Check out my air fried carrot fries, low carb cauliflower tots, air fryer cajun fries, or copycat Wingstop fries to pair with your sloppy joes.

    Okay, thats it. Be sure to let me know what you think about these sloppy joes! Snap a pic of your creation and tag me on Instagram or join my free and share it with the group.

    Saturday 5th of June 2021

    That sounds amazing. Hope y’all enjoyed!


    Tuesday 21st of April 2020

    Made these a couple days ago , cooked in a skillet, used ground chicken and skinny syrups caramel fudge syrup. I had them on buns, the sloppy NaJoes, and I even made the air fryer pizza and topped with two servings of this! Can’t wait to make it again!

    Alison Shortridge

    Friday 17th of April 2020

    One of the first Mason recipes I ever made and Ive been hooked ever since! I often make this on the stove top when meal prepping and use ground turkey and the lower end of the cayenne pepper. Its perfect in a St Joseph Pita with some sweet potato fries .

    Kenzie Romps

    Thursday 16th of April 2020

    Making these for the 2nd time for dinner tonight… I was hesitant at first comparing these to regular sloppy joes, but theyre so good! I make them in a pan on the stove instead of in the instant pot. New go-to!

    Best Bread For Pressure Cooker Sloppy Joes

    • Theres so many different types of bread that you can eat with it too besides the toasted burger bun.
    • Baguette: If you like crispy bread, then a baguette is great for this juicy ground beef filing.
    • Hoagie rolls are great options if you like softer bread.
    • Soft Hawaiian style rolls: this sweet and tender style bread is awesome for soaking up all the sauce.
    • How ever you decide to make this delicious recipe for sloppy joe and what ever bread you choose, itll be delicious! And heres a great 5 ingredient crock pot chili recipe too!

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    Easy Homemade Instant Pot Sloppy Joe Recipe

    This easy instant pot sloppy joes recipe is made without Manwich. Not because I dont like easy and little help in the kitchen.

    I really don’t like opening any other types of can food if it is not baked beans or tomatoes and the occasional legumes. I have found a way around this, thanks to instant pot I now make chickpeas and black-eyed beans half the time it normally takes to cook them on the stove top and I get to save on money too.

    Also, canned sloppy joe sauce is not readily available to us in the UK. This is the way I have been making this recipe a while now and I have never used any canned sauce, including chopped tomatoes. I can tell you it is the best homemade sloppy joes you would ever make.

    I like to keep it simple, just a tad tangy, not overly sweet or too spicy that my children wouldn’t be able to handle. My ground beef repertoire is slowly growing on the blog.

    This instant pot Taco meat is now beginning to get popular and this instant pot Korean ground beef bowl. These two recipes are made in an instant pot and they only require about 8 minutes active cooking time at the most.

    Ever since I acquired the instant pot, Ive found it super easy to cook ground beef . I love how it is hand free and the fact that I can have dinner on the table in 15 minutes with perfect texture of meat. The meat melts in your mouth and its perfect at all times.

    I use instant pot DUO 6qt and pressure king pro , I cant love them less. It was a worthy investment for my kitchen.

    How To Store Instant Pot Sloppy Joe Meat

    Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Recipe

    You can store sloppy Joe meat in various. Whichever way you choose in all cases let the meat cool completely then select how you want to store it:

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    The Best Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Recipe

    There are so many reasons why these are the BEST Instant Pot Sloppy Joes!

    Not only does the Instant Pot do most of the work for you, but they are also loaded with such great flavor.

    They are the perfect budget-friendly dinner recipe to make on those busy weeknights and know that everyone, even your picky eater will enjoy dinner.

    Its also great to have an Instant Pot beef recipe handy, especially since it seems like there are a lot of Instant Pot chicken recipes.

    But, since the Instant Pot has the SAUTE function, you can even brown the meat in one spot, making this recipe super simple.

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