Instant Pot Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes fuses Sloppy Joes and the flavors of an authentic Philly cheesesteak sandwich.
Instant Pot Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes is the third sloppy joe recipe in my Instant Pot Sloppy Joes series, pairing old fashion Instant Pot Sloppy Joes recipe with the flavors of a Philadelphia cheesesteak.
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What is Philly Cheesesteak?
- Philly Cheesesteak is a sandwich made from grilled thinly sliced seasoned steak and grilled onions.
- The steak and onions are piled high on a hoagie bun and smothered with Cheese Whiz. Provolone cheese is often found on Philly cheesesteaks either instead of the Cheese Whiz, or in addition to the Cheese Whiz.
- While sometimes found in Philly Cheesesteak recipes, green peppers are not an original ingredient.
I was having so much fun with this recipe, I decided to continue the flavor and make an Instant Pot Philly Cheesesteak Pasta recipe.
Ingredients for Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes
- Ground Beef
- Onions and Green Pepper
- Tomato Paste
- Beef Base – heightens the beefy flavor to make the ground beef taste like steak.
- Provolone Cheese
- Cheez Whiz – used in the original Philly Cheesesteaks, so we will use it here too! The more cheese the better.
When dicing up the onions and peppers, make sure to use a good and sharp knife. I recommend the J.A. Henckels Classic 8 inch Chef’s Knife.
What’s Instant Pot Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes?
- Instant Pot Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes are a combination of my incredible Instant Pot Sloppy Joes recipe and an authentic Philly Cheesesteak. The look is of a Sloppy Joes and the flavor is more of a Philly Cheesesteak.
- Ground beef is used in place of sliced steak and is cooked together in an Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi or Pressure Cooker in the same manner as a sloppy Joe, but with the flavorings of a Philly Cheesesteak.
- Since green peppers are found in Sloppy Joes, they make a great addition to Instant Pot Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes.
Freezing Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes
- Once cooked, the meat, peppers and onions mixture can be easily frozen.
- Use a good airtight container or use a FoodSaver Vacuum Sealing System, which in my opinion, is the best way to freeze.
- For busy families, making a double or triple batch of the meat mixture is very handy. In less than 30 minutes, dinner can be ready to eat!
Do I Need to First Sauté Ground Beef First?
- No. There is really no need to ever brown a roast or ground beef in the Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi or Pressure Cooker.
- In the sealed environment of a pressure cooker, the Maillard reaction will occur.
However, there are circumstances, where it is beneficial to the recipe to do so first. Ground beef gives off a lot of water and fat and first sautéing the beef gives you the chance to dump out the grease.
If you choose to use lean ground beef, relying on the Maillard method is the way to go.
When cooking and relying on the Maillard reaction, you may need to reduce the amount of liquid in your recipe, as there will be additional liquid once the pot is opened.
As mentioned above, the original Philly Cheesesteak recipe is a sandwich where grilled meat and onions are piled onto a bun and then Cheez Whiz is poured on top. However, many people love American cheese or provolone cheese instead.
Using both types of cheese, make my Instant Pot Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes extra delicious. The Cheez Whiz mixes in with the beef and the diced provolone cheese will provide cheesy bits throughout each bite of the sandwich.
Tips and Tricks for Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes
- Dice the onions and peppers small, no more than an inch as there is such a short cook time and you want to avoid crunchy vegetables yet allow the vegetables to have some texture.
- Let the Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi or Pressure Cooker fully heat before adding the oil. This will make the pot non stick.
- Thoroughly deglaze the cooking pot before adding in the ground beef.
- Use chunks of Provolone cheese, rather than shredded so that there will be pockets of cheese throughout the meat.
- Butter the buns before toasting to achieve a nice brown color. I toast my buns in my Ultrean 8.5 Quart Air Fryer.
As with all pressure cooker recipes, the Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes can be made in a smaller pressure cooker like the Instant Pot DUO Mini 3 Quart. No adjustment is needed. Think of your multicooker like you would an oven. Larger ovens can fit more food than smaller ovens, but cooking time is never adjusted.
Instant Pot Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes is a great recipe to use for gatherings and pot luck meals. The recipe is so easy and cooks quickly and food preparation can be done in advance.
More Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Recipes to Make
- Instant Pot Sloppy Joes – the original Sloppy Joes recipe.
- Instant Pot BBQ Ribs Sloppy Joes
- Instant Pot Taco Sloppy Joes
- Instant Pot Cranberry Turkey Sloppy Joes
If you have an idea of a Sloppy Joes fusion you would like me to create, make sure to leave a comment down below and I will create a recipe just for you!
Kitchen Equipment and Essentials
- Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi or Pressure Cooker
- Ultrean 8.5 Quart Air Fryer – toasting the buns
- J.A. Henckels Classic 8 inch Chef’s Knife
- Amco Advanced Performance 18/10 Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
- Simply Gourmet (Dry) Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
- Anchor Hocking Glass (Liquid) Measuring Cups
- di Oro Living Silicone Spatulas Set
- Rachael Ray Stoneware EVOO Oil Dispensing Bottle
- Porcelain & Bamboo Salt Box with Spoon
- Gravity Electric Salt and Pepper Grinder
- My FANTASTIC Teak Cutting & Charcuterie Board & Compartments
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- 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1.5 cups Sweet Onion
- 1 cup Green Bell Pepper
- 1 pound Lean Ground Beef
- 1 teaspoon Better Than Bouillon Beef Base
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
- 2 teaspoons Dark Brown Sugar
- 2 teaspoons Sea Salt
- 1.5 teaspoons Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- 6 ounces Provolone Cheese cut into cubes
- 3 ounces Cheese Whiz
- Select Sauté or Browning on your Pressure Cooker cooking pot and allow to fully heat.
- Add oil, onions, peppers, beef base and sauté 3 minutes.
- Pour in Worcestershire sauce and red wine vinegar and deglaze cooking pot, making sure nothing is stuck on the bottom.
- Mix in brown sugar, tomato paste, salt and pepper. Add ground beef and mix through to break up beef.
- Lock on Lid and close pressure valve. Cook at high pressure for 3 minutes. When Beep sounds, wait 10 minutes and then release the rest of the pressure.
- Open Lid. If there is excessive liquid, select Sauté/Browning and simmer until the liquid has cooked off and the consistency is thick.
- Add provolone cheese cubes and cheez whiz. Mix through just enough to combine (cheese should not completely melt) and serve on buttered/toasted brioche or hamburger buns.
What to Serve with Instant Pot Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes
- A Green Salad
- Creamy & Crispy Air Fryer Avocado Fries
- Air Fryer Crispy Sweet Potato Fries
- Pasta, Cheese and Peas Summertime Salad
How to Freeze Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes
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