Instant Pot Skinny Tangy Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes are a busy-season staple in our house, specifically this quick pressure cooker recipe. As we near the end the school year, an easy dinner to prepare and serve is important. If you are busy with after school sports, working late (or shoveling never-ending snow) this recipe will be a hit! 

Skinny Tangy Sloppy Joes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef
  • 1 medium bell pepper – your choice of color, chopped
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup (250ml) diced tomatoes - canned or fresh with their juice
  • 4 tablespoons (80g) tomato paste
  • 1 cup (250ml) water
  • ½ cup (45g) rolled oats
  • Store bought or homemade coleslaw


  1. To the heated pressure cooker, add olive oil and slab of ground beef.
  2. Brown the slab on both sides (about 8 minutes per side).
  3. Push beef aside and add peppers, salt, and garlic powder; sauté until the peppers are soft (about 5 minutes).
  4. Add Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and water; mix well. Break up the meat into chunks and lift-up any brown bits of meat from the base of the cooker into the mixture.
  5. When the contents of the cooker come to boil, sprinkle the oats on top of the mixture, DO NOT stir.
  6. Close and lock the lid of the pressure cooker.
  7. Cook for 10 minutes at high pressure. When time is up, open the cooker by releasing the pressure very slowly. If the pressure release speed cannot be regulated by your cooker's valve, simply release pressure in short bursts. If anything other than steam comes out of the valve, stop and count to 10 before releasing the pressure slowly (or in small bursts), again.
  8. Raise the heat and reduce the contents, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes - mix and break-up the ground meat.
  9. Let stand for an additional 5 minutes to thicken before serving.
  10. Top with your favorite coleslaw and serve on a bun. 

Recipe Notes:

  1. Add red onion, carrots, or other veggies if you wish.
  2. I love the coleslaw from Lucky’s. It is kind of tangy, so goes very well with this tangy mix.
  3. This recipe can be made from frozen meat. Just brown for a few minutes longer and make sure to get up all the brown bits from the pan.

This Sloppy Recipe might be sloppy to eat, but it definitely isn’t sloppy to make!