Skip the Canned Sauce and make this Easy Pressure Cooker Sloppy Joes recipe tonight. In under 30 minutes, you and your kids will be enjoying a Sloppy Joe! Make Sloppy Joe’s in an Instant Pot, Mealthy MultiPot or Pressure Cooker.
Pressure Cooker Sloppy Joes
All of us that grew up in the 60’s and 70’s probably ate Sloppy Joe’s during grade school.
So messy, but so good.
I can’t remember what we used back then to make it at home, but remember when that canned Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce sauce appeared on grocery shelves.
I never liked that stuff.
What are Sloppy Joe’s?
A Sloppy Joe is a sandwich consisting of ground beef, onions, tomato sauce or ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and other seasonings.
It is served on a hamburger bun.
Sloppy Joe’s originated in the United States during the early 20th century. Sloppy Joe’s, never really made it around the Globe and has pretty much stayed an American tradition.
It is said that back in 1930, in a cafe in Sioux City, Iowa, a cook named “Joe” add Tomato Sauce to his “Loose Meat” sandwiches.
I did not take the easy way out. 🙂 This is really homemade, baby!
How do you make homemade Sloppy Joe’s?
To make them in the Pressure Cooker, all you need to do is brown some ground beef.
Dice up some onions and green peppers.
Add some tomato sauce and spices.
It is super easy.
Why do you heat the pan before adding oil?
It helps to make a stainless steel pot, non-stick.
Also, if you add the oil before heating the pan, there is a chance of the oil burning, before it is time to add the food.
Plus, it ensures that you are adding food to a pan with hot oil, so that the food does not sit in the oil and soak in as it heats up.
The Pressure Cooker Sloppy Joes recipe has such a short cook time.
Dicing up the vegetables into small pieces, will ensure that they are perfectly cooked.
Don’t panic at the amount of Onions and Green Peppers!!!
My Cilio Olivewood Spatula is not only beautiful, it does a great job of breaking apart the Ground Beef.
Why Do I Cook the Ground Beef with the Onions and Peppers?
Ground Beef is quite greasy, even when called Lean Ground Beef.
Add the Onions and Peppers, will allow the Ground Beef to Brown, using less Oil.
The meat in Sloppy Joes is soft and not caramelized and the flavor is infused throughout the meat, not just seared on the outside.
Plus, the Water that releases from the Onions and Peppers, will help to guide the grease out of the meat when draining.
It is an odd method, I know, but it is better than what I used to do and what drove my father crazy. 🙂
Funny story coming up.
Why do you drain the liquid from the Ground Beef AND the Onions and Peppers?
As mentioned above, Ground Beef, even if “lean,” will still release some fat/grease.
During pressure cooking, the Ground Beef will release a little more grease and I prefer not to have greasy Sloppy Joes.
The Onions and Green Peppers release water.
There is a lot of flavor in that water.
The flavor of the Onions and Green Peppers is very strong and by removing some of the water they release, you end up with a more mild Onion and Green Pepper flavor.
So, you will get that nice mouth feel from the cooked peppers, but not an overbearing strong pepper taste.
After the meat is just partially browned, grab a Splatter Screen/Guard.
Remove the cooking pot and carefully drain out the liquid into the sink.
The grease is mixed with water, so, it shouldn’t be a problem pouring this down the drain.
Unless, of course, you live in an RV, at which time, it is not a good idea.
Okay, so this used to drive my dad crazy. I hate greasy food. When I was a kid, I loved to make Chili, in particular. Hey, I was just 10 years old and I could cook this all by myself.
After browning the Beef on the stove in a big pot, I would pour the meat into a colander and rinse out the fat.
Then I would put it back into the pot and go from there. He used to tell me that I was rinsing out the flavor.
Which I was, but it also got rid of the fat.
So, my little method of browning with the veggies is kind of the best of both Worlds. A lot of the fat is removed, without all the flavor.
Use a good and sharp knife and mince the Garlic very well.
Again, because of the very short cook time, we want to make sure the Garlic is well incorporated throughout the Pressure Cooker Sloppy Joes.
How long does it take to Sauté Garlic?
- Garlic cooks very quickly.
- It takes about 30 seconds to cook off the rawness of the Garlic.
- It will mellow and let off a mouth-watering aroma.
A good Red Wine Vinegar should be a staple in your pantry or refrigerator.
It adds a nice depth of flavor to many recipes.
There shouldn’t be anything stuck on the bottom of the Pressure Cooker cooking pot, since we browned the Ground Beef with the Onions and Peppers.
Plus, the shock of the heat from the Red Wine Vinegar, will steam off some of the very strong flavor.
There really is a method to my madness and a good reason for some of the “odd” things you might see me do.
Sometimes order of ingredients matters and sometimes, it doesn’t.
Stir in the Dark Brown Sugar and mix it through the hot Ground Beef.
It will melt nicely.
Tomato Puree has a deeper flavor and thicker consistency than Tomato Sauce.
Do you use bottled Ketchup for Sloppy Joe’s?
- No, I do not. I like to use homemade ingredients when I cook.
- When you are at this point in the recipe, give the Pressure Cooker Sloppy Joes a quick sniff.
- What do you smell?
- Ketchup, right?
- Pat yourself on the back, you have just made your very own Ketchup from scratch. It tastes like Heinz Ketchup too.
How do you make homemade Ketchup?
I realize I am contradicting myself, but I just had to share this with you guys – At the time of this posting, Heinz Ketchup is on sale at Amazon for an incredible price and I just might have to buy some…..only because 114 ounces is under $6!
What Seasonings are used for Pressure Cooker Sloppy Joes?
- Sea Salt
- Freshly Ground Black Pepper – I use an Electric Pepper Mill and ground my own Pepper.
- Chili Powder
- Ground Mustard Seed
- Red Pepper Flakes
These are typical pantry ingredients. I tagged them all, so you can check them out, just in case you have any questions.
Depending on the amount of liquid you were able to remove, you may or may not need to Simmer the Pressure Cooker Sloppy Joes, after pressure is released.
Make sure to use a Splatter Screen/Guard, or else the liquid will come popping out at you.
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Lightly butter some Good Sturdy Hamburger Buns and give them a light toasting.
The soft squishy buns, while traditional, doesn’t hold up and will make a mess.
Kaiser Buns are my choice.
You can use an Air Fryer to toast the buns.
I like to butter the insides and toast them in my Cast Iron Skillet and over medium heat.
Kitchen Equipment and Essentials
- Instant Pot Smart DUO60
- GoWISE USA 5.8 Quart Air Fryer
- J.A. Henckels Classic 7-inch Hollow Edge Santoku Knife
- Amco Advanced Performance 18/10 Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
- Culina Stackable (Dry) Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
- Anchor Hocking Glass (Liquid) Measuring Cups
- Cilio Olivewood Spatula
- Rachael Ray Stoneware EVOO Oil Dispensing Bottle
- Alpha Armour Salt Box with Spoon
- Electric Pepper Mill
- Splatter Screen/Guard
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Pressure Cooker Sloppy Joes recipe!
Skip the Canned Sauce and make this Easy Pressure Cooker Sloppy Joes recipe tonight. In under 30 minutes, you and your kids will be enjoying a Sloppy Joe!
- 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1.5 pounds Lean Ground Beef
- 1.25 cups/200g Sweet Onion diced small
- 1.25 cups/200g Green Bell Pepper diced small
- 2 cloves Fresh Garlic finely minced
- 1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar
- 2.5 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
- 3.5 Tablespoons Dark Brown Sugar
- 1.5 cups/12 oz Tomato Puree
- 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
- 2 teaspoons Sea Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Ground Mustard Seed
- 1/8-1/4 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- 1/4 cup Fresh Water
- 8 Good Quality Hamburger Buns
Select Sauté or Browning on your Pressure Cooker cooking pot and allow to fully heat.
Add oil and coat the bottom of the pot. Add onions, peppers, garlic and ground beef.
Sauté until ground beef is slightly brown. Use a splatter guard and carefully pour out the grease/liquid.
Pour in red wine vinegar and deglaze the cooking pot, if needed. Mix in Worcestershire Sauce, Brown Sugar and Tomato Puree. Add Salt, Pepper, Chili, Mustard, Red Pepper Flakes, Tomato Paste, Water and mix together.
Lock on Lid and close Pressure Valve. Cook at High Pressure for 3 minutes. When Beep sounds, allow a 15 minute Natural Pressure Release.
Open Lid and Select Sauté/Browning. Simmer, until much of the liquid has evaporated and consistency is thick.
Serve on Toasted and Buttered Kaiser Rolls or Sturdy Hamburger Buns.