Recipe By Bren
Published Mar 5th
Instant Pot® Sloppy Joes
Prep - Cook 20m Additional 15m Ready In 35m
Servings 8 servings Calories 412.8

A combination of lean ground beef and apple cider vinegar makes this sloppy Joe recipe slightly sweet and slightly tart, made right there in your Instant Pot®. Enjoy!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 ½ pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 cup finely diced onion
  • 1 cup finely diced red bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 ½ teaspoons finely diced garlic
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 ½ cups crushed and strained tomatoes (such as Aurora®)
  • 8 hamburger buns
  • 4 tablespoons butter, or as needed

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and select Saute function. Add oil and tip pot to coat the entire bottom. Add ground beef, onion, and red bell pepper. Season with salt and black pepper. Cook and stir until vegetables are soft and beef is no longer pink, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and discard grease.
  2. 2 Add garlic to the pot and cook another 30 seconds. Add vinegar. Stir in water, brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, chili powder, and red pepper flakes. Add crushed tomatoes and stir well.
  3. 3 Close and lock the lid and close the vent. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 5 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.
  4. 4 Meanwhile, toast hamburger buns and coat with butter.
  5. 5 Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions for 10 minutes. Release remaining pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.
  6. 6 Serve on toasted buns.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 412.8
  • Carbohydrate 34.8 g
  • Cholesterol 74.5 mg
  • Fat 20.6 g
  • Fiber 3.3 g
  • Protein 21.8 g
  • Saturated Fat 8.5 g
  • Sodium 664.9 mg
  • Sugar 7.1 g


  1. It came out delicious but a little thin for me. I'm unsure if the draining of the crushed tomatoes was enough. I stirred in about a tbsp of starch and let it sit for a while and it set up a bit. I will definitely make this again.
  2. I made this as a quick and easy meal for the family today. It was great! I made extra to refrigerate so the kids could warm some up later for a quick lunch during the week while I’m at work. They’ve already gone back for seconds! The only change I made was to reduce the - Read more ...
  3. I enjoyed this recipe! It was delicious. I’ve made it with and without the “optional” tomato paste, I recommend to INCLUDE the tomato paste. I used a Slight little extra paste Delicious!
  4. Really didn t turn out well for me. Strong vinegar taste.
  5. I made these for the first time about a week ago. To me the flavor seemed to be lacking a bit... maybe the tomatoes over did it or not enough spice... idk.... But it was super easy to prepare and even with a little tweaking didn't take nearly as much time as others!!! My fiance - Read more ...
  6. Ended up with excess liquid But tasted great
  7. Loved it. I would recommend doubling up if you are going to feed 2-5 people. As this is barely enough sloppy joes sandwiches for two grown men if you think about it haha.
  8. A great recipe! No tweaking necessary. Thank you Bren.