make this Classic Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Recipe (Pressure Cooker Sloppy Joes) because it’s an all-time Family Favorite! One bite after another, these sweet, savory, slightly tangy, and umami homemade sloppy joes are soo gratifying & comforting to eat. Kid-friendly & super easy to make!


The tender meat crumble in sweet-savory, tangy-umami sauce, the juicy messy yumminess squished in a bun, bring back delicious childhood memories.


  • 1 ½ pound (671g) lean ground beef
  • 1 (200g) onion , diced
  • 1 (200g) green or red bell pepper , diced
  • 3 (10g) garlic cloves , minced
  • ¾ cup (188ml) ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) regular soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon (12.5g) brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) dijon mustard
  • ½ cup (125ml) water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt & ground black pepper to taste


  • Prepare Pressure Cooker: Heat up your pressure cooker over medium high heat (Instant Pot: press Sauté button and Adjust button once to Sauté More function). Ensure your pot is as hot as it can be (Instant Pot: wait until indicator says HOT).
  • Brown Ground Beef: Season ground beef generously with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil in pressure cooker. Ensure to coat oil over whole bottom of the pot.
  • Add ground beef in pressure cooker. The ground beef will begin to release moisture. At the 5-minute mark, drain & discard the ground beef juice.
  • Allow ground beef to brown. Stir occasionally until they are slightly crisped and browned (~5 – 7 minutes).
  • Saute Vegetables: Add diced onion to browned beef and saute for 2 minutes. Add in diced bell pepper and minced garlic, then saute until fragrant (roughly a minute).
  • Deglaze:
  • Add 1 tbsp (12.5g) brown sugar, 1 tbsp (15ml) regular soy sauce, 1 tbsp (15ml) Worcestershire sauce, and ½ cup (125ml) water, then fully deglaze bottom of the pot by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits with a wooden spoon. Mix the brown bits with the liquid mixture.
  • Pressure Cook Sloppy Joes: Layer 1 tbsp (15ml) tomato paste, 1 tsp (5ml) dijon mustard, and ¾ cup (188ml) ketchup on top. Do not mix. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 5 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release. After 10 minutes, turn venting knob to venting position to release remaining pressure. Open the lid carefully.
  • Toast Burger Buns: On a skillet, toast burger buns for a few minutes over medium heat.
  • Reduce and Season: If the Sloppy Joe meat sauce is too runny, give it a quick stir and cook for another few minutes over medium heat (Instant Pot: Press Sauté button). Now is a good time to add in the optional liquid smoke and cayenne pepper if desired. Taste and season with more kosher salt and black pepper if necessary.
  • Serve: Construct the Sloppy Joes with toasted burger buns. Serve with Tater Tots or your favorite side dishes.
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