Instant Pot Sloppy Joes (Freezer Friendly)

This Sloppy Joe recipe is easy to prepare and wonderful in the Instant Pot!


  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 bell pepper, diced very small (optional) green is typical, but any color works
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Hamburger buns


  1. Set Instant Pot to Saute.  Brown beef with garlic, onion and green pepper.  Cook until beef is done and drain grease. 

  2. In the Instant Pot, add in the tomato sauce, ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, Worcerstershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, salt & pepper. Add in the red pepper flakes, if using. Stir.

  3. Seal the pot.  Set to High for 5 minutes.

  4. When done, let it naturally release pressure for 10 minutes.  Then manually release the rest of the pressure.

  5. Serve on hamburger buns.
  6. To freeze, put into individual freezer-friendly bags and let cool. Once cool, lay them flat in a freezer until frozen, then you can stack them. Make sure you label them!

Recipe Notes

To freeze, let the sloppy joes cool. Then place in a freezer-friendly safe container and freeze. Be sure to label!