Did you know that sloppy joes are made out of unicorn meat? At least, that is what both of my kids thought for the longest time! So of course I had to put it on my weekly menu rotation. And because I am a busy sports mom (like most of you), I had to make it a lightning quick instant pot sloppy joes recipe, like my popular spaghetti sauce recipe. Sometimes I think that my whole life is spent thinking up dinner ideas for sports nights, but it’s the season of life I am in right now. And I wouldn’t change it for the world.
My son asked us one day why I never make sloppy joes. He had a valid point. I distinctly remember my Dad making them for dinner all the time when I was a kid. I just never do. So of course my husband responded that it is hard to find “unicorn meat” and it’s expensive. And our kids believed him…for years! We even showed them the proof when they asked….you can buy unicorn meat on Amazon.
Lightning Quick Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Recipes
Ingredients needed for Sloppy Joes from scratch:
- 1 lb lean ground turkey or beef
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper. If you don’t have a red bell pepper, green is good too!
- 1 can (8oz) tomato sauce
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons chili powder. I love ancho chili powder.
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- whole wheat hamburger buns
Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Directions:
Place meat, onions, garlic and red pepper into the bottom of an instant pot. Using the sautee function, brown meat until no longer pink.
Add tomato sauce, brown sugar, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce and garlic salt to the instant pot. Stir to mix well and place the top on the pot.
Press CANCEL to turn off Saute function. Close the instant pot and make sure the lid is sealed. Manually cook for 5 minutes.
When the timer beeps, do a quick release (I like to toss a kitchen towel over the vent to prevent sputtering) and open the pot. Stir and serve on hamburger buns with a side dish.
How easy is that! This meal is perfect for late sports practices or quick lunches during school break. We prioritize family meals and I’m always looking for quick dinner ideas so I can spend more time at the table rather than behind the stove.
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