This Whole30 instant pot sloppy joes recipe is sure to be a new family favorite. Even though it’s Paleo, and totally sugar free, it still has that familiar, classic flavor we all know and love, while also being a budget friendly Whole30 beef or turkey recipe. Using the instant pot method allows for a fast cook time for a weeknight dinner, or gives you the ability to quickly whip up a large batch of everyone’s favorite American staple without much hands on time! It’s also a great freezer meal, so go ahead and double it!
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I know there’s some of us who just aren’t quite sold on the instant pot yet, and, well, I get it! I let mine sit on the counter for a while before I got up the nerve to use the thing. If that’s you, or if you don’t have room for yet another appliance, don’t worry! As the title suggests, I of course have included stovetop instructions here for all of your healthy, Whole30, sloppy joe needs!
One of the reasons I love this Whole30 sloppy joe recipe is because it sneaks in some veggies. It adds some additional nutrients, but also provides a flavorful texture. Because this is a sugar-free recipe, if you prefer your sloppy joes a bit sweeter, you can substitute the green pepper for a red pepper. Red peppers tend to add a bit more sweetness than green. Additionally, another great option for added veggies and added sweetness would be to finely dice one long carrot or a few baby carrots.
I feel like every occasion was an occasion for my family to make or serve sloppy joes when I was growing up. From busy summer nights to winter dinners that were easy to throw together, when I had friends over, and of course they were always present at reunions and graduation parties! They were always around! And I know I can’t be the only one who remembers their mom or grandma adding sugar into the mix!
Once I got into eating Paleo, Whole30 and keeping my meals mostly real-food based, I learned how much added sugar ketchup has too. So, I just assumed that between the added sugar I knew was added to sloppy joes and the added sugar in ketchup, I was going to be saying goodbye to sloppy joes that actually tasted like sloppy joes.
Over the last few years, there’s been a big shift in the healthier options we’re able to get now. Primal Kitchen has been on the forefront of creating better-for-us condiments, dressings, and sauces that actually taste incredible. Their latest condiment, Whole30 Approved (aka sweetener free) ketchup, has truly changed the game. I don’t say that lightly either. I’ve tried (and spent a lot of money on) so many healthier ketchup options over the years and none of them did it for me. They were either too vinegary, or came out looking like just straight up tomato paste.
That’s not the case with this stuff. It has the EXACT same consistency and flavor as the conventional ketchup we’re used to, but without the additives, sugar, artificial colors. It’s made with only real food and I’m honestly still impressed they managed to make a ketchup that tastes so dang spot on. You can find the condiments and dressings, including the ketchup from Primal Kitchen on their website, or at Whole Foods! Make sure to use the discount they gave me for my readers, PALEOBAILEY, for 10% off!
The Whole30 instant pot sloppy joes can be served a number of ways. Stuffed into a potato or sweet potato, like we did here, on sweet potato sliders, in lettuce wraps, on a “sloppy salad” as my boyfriend calls it with more peppers and onions.
This recipe works really well when doubled or tripled, and you’d just need to add 4 additional minutes to the instant pot per pound of meat added. You can also use round turkey to replace the beef if you wanted to use a leaner protein. If you use turkey, I’d recommend adding some additional salt and pepper, as turkey tends to be a bit blander than beef.
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For the beef:
- 1-1.5 lbs lean ground beef (can substitute ground turkey)
- 1 tbsp avocado oil or olive oil
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 green pepper, finely diced
- 1 medium white onion, finely diced
For the Sauce:
- 2/3 cup Primal Kitchen Sweetener-Free Ketchup
- 2 tbsp coconut aminos (soy sauce replacement)
- 1 and 1/2 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 tsp dijon mustard
- 1/2 cup beef broth
Instant Pot Instructions:
- Set instant pot to sauté mode and heat oil in the bottom. Once oil is hot, add minced garlic.
- Once the garlic begins to become fragrant (about 1 minute), add ground beef, salt and pepper. Stir to break up and let slightly brown (about halfway cooked) for 4-5 minutes.
- Using an oven mit, remove the pot from instant pot and drain excess fat. Return the beef and pot to the instant pot, keeping it on sauté mode. Add diced onion and green pepper and stir to combine. Allow to soften for about 2 minutes while you prepare the sauce.
- In a small bowl, combine all sauce ingredients. While mixing together, don’t worry if the mustard or tomato paste doesn’t completely dissolve into the sauce, it will come together in the instant pot!
- Pour sauce into the instant pot, stir to combine and close the lid. Set instant pot to manual high pressure for 6 minutes. Once done, do a slow release, allow to naturally vent and then remove the lid.
- If sauce hasn’t totally thickened, press sauté again and let simmer while the excess liquid steams off. Or, slowly whisk 1/2 tbsp arrowroot flour into sauce to thicken quicker.
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil until hot and add minced garlic.
- Once the garlic begins to become fragrant (about 1 minute), add ground beef, salt and pepper. Stir to break up and let slightly brown (about halfway cooked) for 5-6 minutes.
- Drain excess fat. Return to the stove and add diced onion and green pepper and stir to combine. Allow to soften for about 2-3 minutes while you prepare the sauce.
- In a small bowl, combine all sauce ingredients. While mixing together, don’t worry if the mustard or tomato paste doesn’t completely dissolve into the sauce, it will come together once heated in the skillet
- Pour sauce into the skillet over the beef and veggies and stir to combine. Continue cooking for 10-15 minutes until beef has cooked through, vegetables are soften and sauce has thickened.
- If sauce is too thin still, lower heat and allow to simmer to let excess liquid steam off. Or, slowly whisk 1/2 tbsp arrowroot flour into sauce to thicken quicker.
- If you use a leaner ground beef, such as 93-97%, you likely won’t have much fat to drain from beef and could choose to keep it for flavor for the sauce. If you’re using anything less than that, you’ll have too much remaining fat and will need to drain it.
- If adding finely diced carrots, add them while beef is browning to allow them additional time to soften.
- Recipe works well when doubled, and when frozen.
Keywords: instant pot, whole30, whole30 sloppy joes, whole30 recipes, paleo
- Calories: 288
- Sugar: 5
- Fat: 15
- Carbohydrates: 10
- Protein: 23
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