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Instant Pot Sloppy Joes

Instant Pot Sloppy Joes make a quick and easy dinner for busy weeknights. This homemade version features a sweet and tangy sauce that the whole family will enjoy!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot recipe, sloppy joes
Servings: 6
Calories: 338kcal



  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ sweet onion diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup yellow mustard
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¾ cup water


  • Set Instant Pot to 'sauté' setting. Once the pot is hot, add the ground beef and ground chuck. Brown and crumble beef until no longer pink. Drain and remove to a separate plate and set aside.
  • Wipe pot, if needed. With the setting still on 'sauté,' add the onion and green pepper and cook until softened, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the ground beef back to the Instant Pot, along with vinegar, sugar, mustard, bbq sauce, ketchup, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and water. Scrape the bottom of the pot to remove any browned bits (to prevent a BURN warning) and stir thoroughly to combine.
  • Cover, place the lid into lock position and make sure the valve is in the 'sealing' position. Press the manual button and cook on high pressure for 6 minutes. **Remember that it will take the IP about 15 minutes to come to pressure and then will count down from 6 minutes**
  • When timer goes off, do a quick release by turning the valve to the venting position and letting steam release until the pin drops. (I like to place a folded kitchen towel over the valve so that it catches the steam.) Mixture will thicken as it sits, so if it seems too watery, let sit for 5 minutes before serving.


  • See my tips and tricks for making these Instant Pot Sloppy Joes above the recipe box.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 1163mg | Potassium: 478mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 332IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg