Instant Pot Sloppy Joes
Instant Pot Sloppy Joes
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 3 cloves (1 tablespoon) garlic, minced or pressed
- 2 pounds ground beef (the less lean, the better)
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional, for a slightly smoky flavor. Feel free to add more at the end to taste but go easy – a little goes a long way)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
- 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, with their juices
- 1/2 cup beef broth
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (optional, but adds wonderful flavor – even if you hate mustard)
- Two 6-ounce cans tomato paste (this may seem like a lot but trust me – it’s the perfect amount to not only cut the flavor evenly but to also provide the proper thickness to the Sloppy Joes)
- 1/2 cup sweet relish (optional)
- 1 teaspoon – 1 tablespoon Chili Better Than Bouillon (optional and add to taste)
- Buns, tacos, wraps and any desired toppings (cheese, lettuce, black olives, etc.)
Like my award-winning Blue Ribbon Chili, this is even better the next day after the flavors meld together in the fridge!
Want to use ground turkey or chicken instead of beef? Have at it! Everything else remains the same.
Want it spicy? I like your style. Add either a diced jalapeño pepper while sautéing the onion and garlic in Step 1 or hot sauce while adding the other condiments in Step 5. Or add both!
- Add the olive oil to the Instant Pot, hit Sauté and Adjust so it’s on the More or High setting. After 3 minutes of heating, add the onion and sauté for 3 minutes. Then, add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute longer.
- Now, add in the ground beef and break it up so it begins to crumble. As this happens, it will release its juices. Use them to deglaze/scrape the bottom of the pot so it’s totally free of any browned bits.
- Once the beef is crumbled and beginning to brown, about 4 minutes, add the Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke (if using), seasoned salt, diced tomatoes and beef broth. Stir well and let simmer for another 2-3 minutes. (NOTE: Do NOT drain the beef after browning – we want the juices in there for more flavor and to help bring the pot to pressure.)
- Secure the lid, move the valve to the sealing position, hit Keep Warm/Cancel and then hit Manual or Pressure Cook at high pressure for 6 minutes. Quick release when done. (NOTE: When the lid comes off, it may look a bit liquidy – but have no fear as that’s what we want! It’ll thicken in the coming steps.)
- Give everything a stir and then add in the barbecue sauce, ketchup, hoisin sauce, and mustard (if using). Stir until well combined.
- Finish by stirring in the tomato paste, relish (if using) and the Chili Better Than Bouillon (if using). Stir until fully melded into the Sloppy Joes. Let rest for 5-10 minutes and it will thicken nicely.
- Serve on buns, in tacos, tortillas, lettuce wraps, over nachos, fries, pasta, on hot dogs or simply in a bowl on its own! Feel free to top with shredded cheese or any other toppings of your choice.