Tex-Mex Instant Pot Sloppy Joes is a delicious new take on the American classic! This quick and easy recipe is done in 30 minutes and packs a whole meal into one sandwich.
Tex-Mex is always amazing and Sloppy Joes are a timeless classic, so it’s no surprise these Tex-Mex Instant Pot Sloppy Joes became a quick staple in my rotation! The delicious homemade sauce beats anything in a bottle and the Instant Pot makes it in a flash without drying out the meat! Got leftovers? Ditch the buns and use them in my Sloppy Joe Casserole topped with crispy tater tots!
TEX-MEX INSTANT POT SLOPPY JOES
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This Sloppy Joe recipe takes the original and adds a few more goodies – like corn, bell peppers, and green chiles. YUM! Since sloppy joes are all about the tangy, seasoned tomato sauce, this recipe has a delicious sauce that’ll have you licking your fingers!
Sloppy Joe Ingredients
- Vegetable oil
- Diced onion
- Diced garlic
- Ground beef or ground turkey
- Bell peppers
- Diced tomatoes
- Diced green chiles — I opt for the fire-roasted ones for a little extra heat!
- Chili powder
- Brown sugar
- Worcestershire sauce
- Soy sauce
- Dijon mustard
- Tomato sauce
- Kaiser rolls
It looks like a lot, but don’t panic! Most of these are pantry staples. If you prefer hamburger buns or another kind of roll, feel free to swap for it.
This easy Sloppy Joe recipe is only improved by the Instant Pot. Not only does it make this an easy one-pot meal, the pressure cooker keeps the steam inside and makes the meat juicier and the sauce thicker for one delicious sandwich!
How to Make Instant Pot Sloppy Joes
- Start by heating a little oil in your Instant Pot on Sauté mode.
- Then, add the onions and sauté for a few minutes before adding the garlic and ground beef to cook another 5 minutes.
- Drain off any extra grease and return everything to the Instant Pot.
- Add all other ingredients EXCEPT the tomato sauce and stir. Once everything is mixed together, pour the tomato sauce on top of the mixture and do not stir.
- Next, lock the lid and set it to sealing. Then set your Instant Pot to high pressure (manual mode) for 5 minutes. Once it’s done cooking, naturally release for 10 minutes before opening the valve to do a quick release on any remaining pressure and removing the lid.
- I like a toasted bun, so I cut my Kaiser rolls in half and toast them in a skillet before spooning the saucy Sloppy Joes onto the buns. Serve warm and enjoy!
Make sure to add the tomato sauce at the end and leave it be! You likely won’t need additional salt in this recipe, but check the seasoning after cooking and add salt and pepper to your taste.
Can You Freeze Sloppy Joes?
Sloppy Joes can be and are great to freeze! I sometimes make a double batch just to freeze half for another day.
Before freezing, I suggest leaving them in the refrigerator for a few hours or even overnight to completely cool. Put your leftovers in a freezer-safe container or even a vacuum-sealed bag and you’re done! You can safely store these up to 6 months in the freezer.
To reheat, thaw and reheat on the stovetop. Good as new!
Other Awesome Sloppy Joe Recipes
No matter how you serve them, Homemade Sloppy Joes are a family favorite. However, if you want to have some fun with your dinner, you can make this stovetop skillet Sloppy Joe Casserole with tater tots, or try Slow Cooker Pizza Sloppy Joes. I like pepperoni on mine, but you could add veggies, ham, pineapple, or any other pizza toppings you love!
Looking for more inspiration?
- Instant Pot Beef Stew
- BBQ Pork Loin Sliders
- Chicken Parmesan Slider
- Instant Pot Chicken Chili
- Pulled Pork Sandwich
- More main dish recipes…
Tools used to make this Tex-Mex Instant Pot Sloppy Joe recipe
Instant Pot: I use my Instant Pot weekly if not daily in my kitchen for so many meals from breakfast to dessert! This 6-quart option is perfect for me and my family.
Skillet: Non-stick skillets are a dime a dozen but this one has lasted me for years! The coating is tough and my food never sticks or burns.
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 yellow onion diced
- 4 cloves garlic diced
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 2 bell peppers diced
- 15 ounces canned corn drained
- 10 ounces canned diced tomatoes drained
- 4 ounces canned diced green chiles
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 6 Kaiser rolls
- Heat the oil in the Instant Pot using the sauté function.
- Add onions and sauté for a few minutes until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes, stirring often.
- Add garlic and ground beef. Stir continuously and sauté for another 4-5 minutes while breaking up the meat.
- Drain any grease from the meat and return ingredients to Instant Pot.
- Add bell peppers, corn, diced tomatoes, diced green chiles, cumin, chili powder, paprika, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and dijon mustard. Stir to combine
- Add tomato sauce on top of ground beef mixture. Do not stir after adding tomato sauce.
- Put lid on Instant Pot and set to sealing. Cook on high/manual for 5 minutes.
- Allow Instant Pot to naturally release for 10 minutes, and then quick release any remaining pressure.
- While instant pot is releasing, cut the rolls in half and toast buns in a large skillet - cut side down.
- Spoon sloppy joe mix onto the bottom bun and them place top half over the meat. Serve immediately.