Today we’ve got a great meal prep recipe for you with these Paleo + Whole30 Instant Pot sloppy joe’s! They’re flavorful, versatile and an easy recipe the whole family will love!
Quick + Easy Prep
All you have to do is mix up the sauce and chop an onion and a bell pepper, and you’re ready to go with these instant pot sloppy joe’s. The key is to get the sauce to coat the bottom of the instant pot so that it pressurizes. You don’t need to mix everything up once you get it in your instant pot. Just layer it in – sauce, broken up ground beef, the onion and bell pepper.
We love meals we can make and then have in the fridge for leftovers. And it’s even better when the leftovers can be used multiple ways. These instant pot sloppy joe’s are a great meal prep recipe because you can enjoy the leftovers in a variety of ways, making them versatile so you don’t get bored.
So Many Ways To Enjoy These Sloppy Joe’s
Some of our favorite ways to enjoy these sloppy joe’s are in a bowl, like photographed, with greens and a little rice. We happened to have parsley and purple cabbage on hand, so we added a little of those as well. These healthy sloppy joe’s would be great in a baked sweet potato, in a lettuce wrap, with plantains, with eggs and greens, etc. You’ll have to tell us what your favorite ways to enjoy these easy instant pot sloppy joe’s are!
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Instant Pot Sloppy Joe’s (Paleo + Whole30)
For the sauce:
- 1/2 cup coconut aminos
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 3 tbsp white vinegar
- 2 tbsp mustard
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
For the rest:
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- 2 lbs ground beef
- First, prepare the sauce by mixing all of the sauce ingredients together in a bowl or jar until they form a smooth sauce.
- Pour the sauce in the bottom of the Instant Pot.
- Breaking the ground beef into small pieces with your hands, add the ground beef to the Instant Pot on top of the sauce.
- Chop the onion and bell pepper and add them to the instant pot on top of the ground beef. You don’t need to mix anything, you want the sauce on the bottom so the Instant Pot will pressurize.
- Secure the lid on the Instant Pot and close the pressure valve. Press the “manual” button (or “pressure cook” button) and set the time to cook for 15 minutes at high pressure. Quick release the pressure once finished.
- Remove the top and mix the sloppy joes up, breaking up the beef into smaller pieces as needed. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired.
- Serve and enjoy.
This is in our regular rotation! So yummy!
I must not have made the pieces of beef small enough- a few burned and some were dry. The flavor was good. Served with roasted cabbage “steaks”. Will definitely make again!
If you ran into a burning issue, you might try adding in a little water to the sauce, about 1/4 cup. It could help to coat the meat. Hope you enjoy this one again 🙂
Oh great idea! Thanks!
The family loves this!
So glad you enjoyed the recipe!
Can you clarify what is meant by mustard? Mustard powder?
Just regular yellow mustard 🙂
Do you cook the ground beef first or just put in thawed raw beef?
You just put the beef in raw and it cooks in the Instant Pot.
These were very good and so easy. Going straight to the keepers board for sure!
Love to hear that Laura :).
Just wondering why your recipe says 30 min cook time in the description, but 15 min in the directions?
The 15 minutes cook time is what you set the Instant Pot for. The 30 minutes is the expected cook time for everything, including the time it takes for the pot to pressurize.
Love this recipe! It is one of our go to meals when we are short on time. We are big fans of mushrooms and it goes great with this meal.
Sounds great, glad to hear that this one is a go-to for your family!
Would you adjust the time if cooking ground turkey instead?
Not really, it should cook in about the same time.
My kids loved it! We replaced the beef with venison and served with raw carrots and purple cabbage.
Really enjoyed this Sloppy Joe recipe. Not sure why this happens with some Instant Pot recipe but I get the “Burn” message and have to add extra liquid. I usually catch it before I start if a recipe calls for less than a cup but I missed it this time. Recipe still came out delicious and I served it over cauliflower rice.
Can you make this without an insta pot? Maybe just stove top?
We didn’t try it, but you could make this on the stovetop. I would brown the beef with the onion and bell pepper first and then add the remaining ingredients. Mix and simmer for 10+ minutes.