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Instant Pot Homemade Sloppy Joes

Homemade sloppy joes made in the Instant Pot and ready to eat in less than 30 minutes!

Easy and Quick Instant Pot Dinner

Not only is this recipe easy to make and easy to follow but it's also really quick and comes out really flavorful!  There's no need to add any extra liquid into this recipe because of the ketchup and barbecue sauce.

After the pressure has released, it's as simple as stirring the ingredients in the pot and serving the meat on buns.  It's perfect for busy nights because it takes so little work!

Instant Pot Homemade Sloppy Joes sandwich on a white plate served with fries.

Related: Instant Pot Sweet and Savory Pulled Pork

Perfect for Potlucks and Parties

This recipe is simple to make and it's also really easy to double to serve a large crowd!  I use a 6 Qt. Instant Pot and it can be doubled easily! If for some reason it is not as thick as you would like when you take off the lid, turn your pressure cooker to SAUTE and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes.  This will thicken up the sauce!

When serving these sloppy joes, I serve them on gourmet hamburger buns which are quite a bit larger than other hamburger rolls - you can get smaller buns if feeding a crowd and the recipe as is will stretch much farther!

Homemade Sloppy Joes sandwich on a plate with seasoned french fries.

Instant Pot Homemade Sloppy Joes

I'm not a fan of canned sloppy joes.  Don't get me wrong, I can eat it from the can but I really feel like there's a lot of flavor lacking!  I enjoy homemade versions much better because I can control the flavors within the sandwich and the texture!  I like my sloppy joes saucy, full of flavor, and filling!

I have been making sloppy joes from scratch for many years on the stovetop but now I make them in my Instant Pot because it so much quicker and there is no need to babysit the stove!


Homemade sloppy joe sandwich on a plate with seasoned fries with a blue napkin.

📖 Recipe

Yield: 4 servings

Instant Pot Homemade Sloppy Joes (Pressure Cooker & Stove Top)

Instant Pot Homemade Sloppy Joes (Pressure Cooker & Stove Top)

Homemade Sloppy Joes made in the Instant Pot and ready to eat in less than 30 minutes! 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Natural Release 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes



Instant Pot Version

  1. Set the Instant Pot to SAUTE and cook beef, diced onions, peppers, and garlic until beef is browned.  Drain grease if necessary.
  2. Scrape the bottom of the Instant Pot to ensure that nothing is sticking.
  3. Dump in the ketchup, barbecue sauce, mustard, brown sugar, vinegar, and seasonings on top of the beef.
  4. Don't stir - close the lid and vent.
  5. Set to MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK for 5 minutes.
  6. Allow the Instant Pot to naturally release for 10 minutes.
  7. Serve!

Stove Top Version

  1. In a large skillet, saute onions, peppers, and minced garlic.
  2. Add the beef and cook over medium heat until the meat is browned.  Drained if necessary.
  3. Stir in the ketchup. barbecue sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, and seasonings.  Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and cover.
  4. Simmer on low for about 25-30 minutes and stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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Instant Pot Homemade Sloppy Joes


Monday 11th of May 2020

Can you double the recipe?


Tuesday 12th of May 2020

Yes, you can! You don't have to double the time, though!


Wednesday 1st of January 2020

Tried the instant pot recipe and the instant pot showed "BURN". Fail.


Monday 6th of January 2020

I had a burn notice as well. Still delicious! Going to add more liquid this go round


Friday 3rd of January 2020

I'm sorry it didn't work for you. There could have been some stuck-on food on the bottom of the liner that caused it to read that.


Sunday 8th of December 2019

Is the red pepper a bell pepper?


Sunday 8th of December 2019

Hi Julie, yes, the red pepper is a red bell pepper. :)


Friday 15th of November 2019

This recipe was crazy easy and DELICIOUS! Thanks so much for sharing! I can’t wait to try it again with the coleslaw!


Sunday 15th of September 2019

Am I right in thinking that the vinegar is omitted from the Instant Pot version, but it is used in the stove top version?


Monday 16th of September 2019

Hi Jan, the vinegar is used for both the Instant Pot and stove top versions. I have included the vinegar in the Instant Pot directions - sorry about that!

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