Instant Pot Creamy Sloppy Joes–homemade sloppy joe sauce and ground beef are simmered in the electric pressure cooker and then cream cheese is stirred in as a twist to make the best sloppy joes of your life. Serve the meaty sauce on toasted buns or even slider rolls for an easy weeknight dinner. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to serve a crowd.
(Get the recipe for SLOW COOKER Creamy Sloppy Joes here)
Instant Pot Creamy Sloppy Joes
If you’re like me you probably don’t think much of sloppy joes. They are sort of a neutral food for me. I don’t love them and I don’t hate them. However, this recipe for Instant Pot creamy sloppy joes has firmly pushed them into the love category. I ladled the meat mixture over toasted whole wheat buns and cut one in half intending to only eat half a sandwich. That lasted about 10 seconds and I ate the second half of the sandwich. Then my daughter got home from school and the same thing happened with her. The homemade sauce with the cream cheese just made these sloppy joes so perfect. I hope you will try them soon!
Three reasons you should make this recipe:
- The meat keeps well on the warm setting. These sloppy joes are perfect for the busy family that has to eat in shifts. Put the bag of buns next to the Instant Pot and let everyone serve themself when they are ready to eat.
- (Although we are in winter right now) These would be a perfect summer supper. Don’t heat up your kitchen by turning on the stove. Serve these sloppy joes with coleslaw or fruit salad.
- The cream cheese! The cream cheese puts a little twist on traditional sloppy joes and you’ll never want to go back to the original recipe after trying these.
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What Pressure Cooker Did You Use?
For Instant Pot creamy sloppy joes I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. I love this Instant Pot because it has the yogurt making function which I use almost weekly. It has two pressure settings (high and low), and there are also little slots in the handles so that you can rest the lid there instead of putting it down on your counter-top.Print
Instant Pot Creamy Sloppy Joes
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes (plus 10 minute NPR)
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 4-6 sandwiches 1x
Homemade sloppy joe sauce and ground beef are simmered in the electric pressure cooker and then cream cheese is stirred in as a twist to make the best sloppy joes of your life. Serve the meaty sauce on toasted buns or even slider rolls for an easy weeknight dinner. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to serve a crowd.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 small or medium yellow onion, diced
- 1/3 cup chili sauce (it’s in the aisle by the ketchup)
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 Tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 6 buns (I used whole wheat)
- Turn your Instant Pot to the saute function. Wait until the display says HOT then add in the ground beef. Brown the beef for about 3-4 minutes then add in the onion. Stir and let the onion saute for 3-4 more minutes. Drain off any excess grease.
- Stir in the chili sauce, water, mustard, chili powder and worcestershire sauce.
- Cover and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to “sealing.” Set the manual/pressure cook button to 10 minutes on high pressure.
- Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes then move the valve to venting and release any remaining pressure.
- Stir the mixture. Add in the cream cheese and stir until it is melted. I used the saute setting to melt the cream cheese a little faster.
- Serve the meat on top of the buns. We toasted ours under the broiler in our oven.
I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*.
This makes enough for 4 large sandwiches or 6 smaller sandwiches.
- Category: Beef
- Method: Instant Pot
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I don’t have any chili sauce and don’t want to go to the store for just one item. What can use i place of?
Made this tonight it was good. It came out more liquid than I was expecting but it was still so good even my kids ate it even though it had onion.
I’m glad they liked it even with the onions! haha!
Our family doesn’t like mustard. Will this recipe still work if we just don’t add the mustard?
Sure! Should be fine.
Would whipped cream cheese work in this recipe? Trying to use what I already have.
That would work fantastic!
My family LOVES this recipe!! Definitely a “keeper”. I am not a cook and found the recipe easy and fast. This will be a staple in our house.
Thank you Andy! Glad to hear it!
I made these tonight. They were a big hit!! I used ground turkey and only 2 oz of cream cheese. I will definitely double next time, the pot was scraped clean.
I love all your recipes and every time something good comes out of the instant pot my daughter say. “365 right?” Lol
Lol that’s so cute Maggie Thanks for sharing!
I tried making this tonight. I have an 8 qt and feed 8 people. My hubby and boys have big appetites so I tripled recipe. It looked fine when I released pressure but then mixed in cream cheese and turned to soup. Can you make any suggestions as to making this work better in the future. I tripled all ingredients.
Next time I wouldn’t triple the water portion. I would just keep it at 1/2 cup.
Will this freeze well? I’m taking a trip with the kids and they LOVE these!
Yes I think they’ll do good frozen!
Hi Karen! I can’t find a previous sloppy joes recipe I found on your website. The ingredients were tomato sauce, tomato paste, bbq sauce, brown sugar. I made it many times when I had friends over for lunch. LOVE IT. I printed it out but misplaced it. I’m going to try this one but I have the ingredients for the other. Can you help? Thank you!
Hmmm, are you sure it was from my site? That doesn’t sound familiar.
My wife loved this! It was spicier than I anticipated as I’ve not done a whole lot of cooking with chili sauce. So, other than my mouth being on fire, it was delicious!
It shouldn’t be spicy. Chili sauce is by the ketchup and is like ketchup with a slight kick. Are you sure you used that? Or did you use a hot sauce?
Dale Pelot says
I will be making these soon, here is what I do when I make sloppy joes in a slow cooker:
1 TBSP brown sugar per lb. meat
ketchup and mustard.
I don’t measure, more ketchup than mustard.
I ususally cook 8 hours. put everything on top and let cook 4 hours, then stir everying’
allow to cook 4 more hours.
serve and enjoy.
Thanks for sharing your recipe Dale! I’ll have to try this soon!
Love your site. This sounds soooo good. Could this be made with chicken breast, then shredded? Cooking time? Thanks.
Yes it could! Here are the cooking times: https://www.365daysofcrockpot.com/instant-pot-cooking-times/
Excellent! I did cut the mustard down to 1 T. since my husband doesn’t like Dijon (or he thinks he doesn’t). Also cut the cream cheese down to 2 oz. since that’s all I had. It was still plenty creamy.
Dijon is good is small doses I think! Glad you liked it!
Beverly Dolfini says
This came out so good! Thanks for another good one!
Thanks Beverly! I’m so glad to hear this 🙂
What would a replacement be for the chili sauce? Looking at them, Heinz and the store brand both contain HFCS …. suggestion?
Nevermind, LOL, I’ll make it myself, they all contain either corn syrup, dextrose, MSG, modified corn starch etc. Simple to make, just like making cocktail sauce but sweeter and spicier, no problem. Thanks for the recipe, I look forward to trying it.
Do share your recipe!
I’m wondering how it would turn out if I just put the beef in frozen without browning? I’m thinking about this for dinner but didn’t get beef out this morning.
If it’s a leaner ground beef that would probably work great. I would cook for 20 minutes under pressure.
I made this tonight, and it turned out very yummy! But after I browned the meat and turned on the pressure cooking, before it came to pressure it said it was burning and I had to stop it. Any ideas what went wrong? I ended up just stirring it and setting it for 5 min and it ended up fine.
The burn notice sometimes happens when there’s not enough liquid. Try adding extra liquid next time?
Just make your own
We made these with ground turkey and they were excellent! I will double the recipe next time as we are a family of four with two (usually picky) kids and surprisingly they almost ate the entire pot themselves! Thank you so much for an awesome recipe!!
Make sure you deglaze the pot really well, too. A few brown bits left in the bottom of the pot can trigger the burn notice.
These sloppy joes are AMAZING!!! Karen, your ability to combine just the right seasonings took these to the next level. These are delicious, easy in the Instant Pot, and the cream cheese addition is genius! Thanks for another great recipe.
This is so nice to hear Linda! thank you very much! I’m glad you liked it!
Made these tonight and we ALL loved these! I did 1.5x the recipe and there were no leftovers, next time I will triple it for our family of 7 so hopefully there will be some leftovers for lunch. Definitely adding these to our favorites. JillThanks for all the great recipes Karen!
I’m so happy you liked them Jill!!! Thanks for chiming in 🙂
Hi Karen, if I were to double this, would you think I should double the cream chrese also? Thank you for all the deliciousness you send our way!
It’s pretty creamy so you could probably make the 4 ounces of cream cheese stretch for double the amount of meat!