How to Make Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Sloppy Joe
If you love a good messy, juicy sandwich then you’re probably a fan of a great sloppy joe. This is one of the best sloppy joe recipes we’ve been able to finalize over the past few weeks. After much testing and tasting, we’ve found the right balance of sweet, tangy and juicy ground beef sloppy joes. Best of all, we’re making it all in our favorite pressure cooker, the Instant Pot. If you’ve already noticed our collection of delicious Instant Pot recipes then you’ll know why we’re such huge fans of this great pressure cooker. But it’s also great in a slow cooker as well if you’re wanting to make a slow cooker sloppy joe. There’s a lot of flexibility with this sloppy joe 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! There’s so many different types of bread that you can eat with it too besides the toasted burger bun. Baguette, hoagie roll or slider rolls are all great options. How ever you decide to make this delicious recipe for sloppy joe and what ever bread you choose, it’ll be delicious! And here’s a great 5 ingredient crock pot chili recipe too! Click here for more –> Instant Pot Recipes and Beef Recipes Here
Video: Instant Pot Sloppy Joe Recipe
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This recipe was originally published in 2018 and re-published in 2019 with an updated video!
Instant Pot Sloppy Joe (or Slow Cooker)
- 2 pounds (907 g) ground beef (preferrably a leaner meat)
- 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil
- 1 (1 ) medium onion , diced
- 3-4 cloves (3 cloves) fresh garlic , minced
- 1 cup (240 g) Ketchup
- 1/2 cup (123 g) tomato sauce
- 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) yellow mustard or dijon mustard
- 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon (5 ml) chili powder
- Kosher salt , to taste
- black pepper , to taste
For the sandwich:
- 8 (8 ) burger buns , warmed or toasted
- 2 cups (226 g) shredded cheddar cheese , optional
- Pickles , optional
For Instant Pot
- Turn Instant Pot on "Sauté”. Add oil. Sauté onions and garlic until soft and fragrant. Add beef. Cook beef mixture for about 3 minutes, or until lightly browned.
- Add ketchup, tomato sauce, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, salt and pepper. Give the mixture a good stir.
- Close the lid and pressure cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. (These are the steps we did for our Instant Pot: Close lid and close pressure release valve. Press "Cancel" to stop the "Sauté" setting. Press the "Manual" button. Set the time to 10 minutes.)
- After the cooking time is complete, press "Cancel" and carefully release the pressure.Serve the beef mixture between the bread and add your optional favorite toppings like cheese or pickles.
For Slow Cooker
- In slow cooker add all the sloppy joe ingredients except for the olive oil (ground beef, onion, garlic, ketchup, tomato sauce, mustard, worcestershire, salt and pepper). Gently mix together all the ingredients to make everything combine well.
- Cover and cook the mixture on low for 7 hours or about 4 hours on high. After cooked, give the sloppy joe mixture a good stir. Serve the sloppy joe mixture between the bread and add your optional favorite toppings like cheese or pickles.