If you’ve been around my blog, then you know we have a thing for Hawaii. We just love the flavors of the island and my husband’s family actually comes from there! So when we have a chance to give our food a Hawaiian spin, we take it!

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The other night I felt like making Sloppy Joes in the Instant Pot. The kids love them and I had all the ingredients on hand. My husband Ryan, in true Ryan fashion, wasn’t feeling plain old Sloppy Joes. He suggested we try something new and a little more exciting. So of course, our thoughts went straight to making them Hawaiian in some way. With just a few extra ingredients our Hawaiian Sloppy Joes came to be!

Well, I’m pretty pleased with the way they turned out! So pleased that we decided to make the recipe again, two days later, so we could share it on the blog. By the way, the kids ate it all again, and there were no complaints about eating the same thing twice! They loved it!

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These Hawaiian Sloppy Joes are fairly simple to make. One pot and just a little bit of prep! Here we go!

Kitchen Prep Tools, Utensils & Appliances

Before we get started, here is a list of the kitchen prep tools, utensils, and appliances I used to make this recipe.

Prep Tools & Utensils

These are the items I used to prep and make this recipe:

  • I used my trusty pioneer woman knives to chop the onions and peppers on these easy to use cutting boards. I really like these cutting boards because they are thin, light and flexible. That not only makes them easy to store and clean but also makes it easy to transfer any chopped ingredients to the Instant Pot.
  • These measuring bowls get tons of use in my kitchen and they’re just too pretty. Great for both measuring and holding ingredients.
  • I use these measuring cups and this liquid measuring cup for just about all of my recipes. I’ve had them for years.
  • This mixing spoon gets a lot of use. It’s silicone and perfect for using with the Instant Pot. When serving the sloppy joe meat, I used a slotted serving spoon to drain any excess liquid from the meat before placing it on the bun.
Appliances & Cookware

This recipe was made using my 8 quart Instant Pot.

Must-Have Instant Pot Accessories & Cookbooks

Don’t forget to check out my post on Must-Have Accessories for the Instant Pot. It’s a very complete list of all the top accessories that can be used with the Instant Pot. I have also put together a list of Must-Have Cookbooks for the Instant Pot.

Making Hawaiian Sloppy Joes In The Instant Pot

This is some sweet Hawaiian goodness right here! The flavor in these Hawaiian Sloppy Joes borrows from the flavors in my Instant Pot Hawaiian Chicken. This recipe is much simpler though, and can be prepped and cooked when you’re running short on time.

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Gather And Prep Your Ingredients

Can’t have Hawaiian without some pineapple! You’ll need a can of crushed pineapple in 100% juice. Do not get the one in heavy syrup. You’ll also need an onion, bell peppers, soy sauce, garlic cloves, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, brown sugar, and of course ground beef.

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Chop one medium sized onion. This should give you about a cup and a half of chopped onion.

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You’ll want a cup of chopped red and yellow bell peppers.

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These are the peppers I used. I picked them up up at my local grocery store. If you can’t find these peppers, big red and yellow bell peppers work perfectly also.

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Mince 4 cloves of garlic.

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Sauté The Onions and Garlic

Set your Instant Pot to sauté and let it warm up for a few minutes.

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Add one tablespoon of oil to the pot and allow it to heat up before adding the onion and garlic.

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Once the oil is hot, add the onions and garlic to the pot, mixing as they sauté.

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Allow the onions and garlic to sauté until the onion starts to become slightly translucent.

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Add The Chopped Peppers

Next you’ll want to add the chopped peppers and sauté them for a couple more minutes.

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Brown The Ground Beef

Now you’ll want to add the two pounds of ground beef to the pot. I use ground sirloin 90/10 so that there is not so much fat left in the pot after it cooks. I find that the 90/10 is the best balance. It’s still flavorful but not terribly fatty. An even leaner ground beef such as 93/7 or 96/4 would also work great but I certainly would not use anything more fatty.

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Cook the ground beef until it browns all the way through. This is how it should look before going to the next steps.

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The following ingredients really give these Instant Pot Sloppy Joes that special tropical taste of Hawaii.

Add The Soy Sauce,Worcestershire Sauce And Brown Sugar

Now add a quarter cup of soy sauce, one tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce and a quarter cup of brown sugar.

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Add The Can Of Crushed Pineapple

Add one whole can of crushed pineapple in 100% pineapple juice. Do not drain the can. You want to add the entire can including the juice. Mix well. This will be the last time you mix the ingredients before closing the Instant Pot.

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Add The Ketchup And Tomato Paste

Dump one cup of ketchup and two tablespoons on top of the ground beef mixture. DO NOT MIX.

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Just leave the ketchup and tomato paste sitting on top of the ground beef. It is important that you do not mix it in. You can now turn sauté off by hitting cancel.

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Close The Instant Pot And Set The Cook Time

After turning the sauté feature off you can close the Instant Pot. Once the pot is closed, set the pressure release valve to sealing and cook on Manual High Pressure for 5 minutes. (Some models of Instant Pots say “Pressure Cook” instead of “Manual”)

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Always make sure that the pressure release valve is set to sealing.

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Once the cooking time has completed, allow for a 10 minute NPR (Natural Pressure Release). This means you do nothing until your display reads like shown below.

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Open The Instant Pot And Mix

Once the 10 minute Natural Pressure Release has completed, release any remaining pressure manually. Once the pin drops, open the pot. This is what you will see.

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Mix everything together well.

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To further thicken the sloppy joe beef mixture, set the pot to sauté again and allow the liquid to cook off for about 3 more minutes.

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You’ll want to stir the mixture often to ensure that some of the sloppy joe mixture doesn’t burn and stick to the bottom of the pot.

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This Hawaiian Sloppy Joe mixture is so delicious! It’s sweet goodness in every bite!

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Serving Your Instant Pot Hawaiian Sloppy Joes

For that special finishing touch, serve these Sloppy Joes on sweet Hawaiian buns. These are the ones I got. These would also be great served on sliders when you’re having a get together with friends or family.

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Before serving the sloppy joes, it’s best to toast the insides of the buns. This will help prevent the bottom half of the bun from getting soggy. I also scoop the sloppy joe mixture out of the Instant Pot using a slotted serving spoon to allow any excess liquid to drain off.

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Hope you enjoy these Instant Pot Hawaiian Sloppy Joes as much as we did! Let me know in the comments if you try out the recipe and don’t forget to pin and share the recipe if you love it!

Hawaiian Sloppy Joes


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Rating
DifficultyBeginnerCook Time15 minsTotal Time25 mins

Ingredients

 1 tbsp olive oil
 1 ½ cups chopped onion
 4 cloves minced garlic
 1 cup chopped red and/or yellow bell peppers
 1 can crushed pineapple in 100% pineapple juice (20 oz.)
 ¼ cup soy sauce
 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
 ¼ cup brown sugar
 1 cup ketchup
 2 tbsp tomato paste
 2 lbs ground beef (90/10 ground sirloin was used for this recipe)

Directions

1

Turn the Instant Pot on the Sauté feature and allow it to heat up while you gather and prep your ingredients.

2

Chop the onions and peppers and mince the garlic.

3

Add the tablespoon of olive oil to the pot and let it heat up for a minute.

4

Once the oil is hot, add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the Instant Pot and sauté them for a few minutes until the onion begins to turn translucent.

5

Now add the chopped peppers and sauté for a few more minutes.

6

Add the ground beef to the pot and allow it to brown through.

7

Once the beef has browned, add the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar and mix well.

8

Add the can of pineapple to the Instant Pot and mix it into the ground beef mixture.

9

Dump the cup of ketchup and the two tablespoons of tomato paste on top of the ground beef, but DO NOT MIX it in. Just let it sit on top.

10

Now turn the Sauté feature off, close the lid to the Instant Pot, set the pressure release valve to sealing and then set the Instant Pot to cook on Manual High Pressure for 5 minutes.

11

Once the cooking time has completed, allow for a 10 minute NPR (Natural Pressure Release). Release any remaining pressure from the pot once the 10 minute NPR has completed and once the pin has dropped open the pot.

12

Mix all the ingredients together and set the Instant Pot to Sauté once more and cook for about 3 more minutes to thicken the Hawaiian Sloppy Joe mixture.

13

Serve the Hawaiian sloppy joe meat on top of a toasted Hawaiian bun.

Kitchen Prep Tools, Utensils, and Appliances

These are some of the kitchen prep tools, utensils, and appliances that were used to make this recipe:

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Ingredients

 1 tbsp olive oil
 1 ½ cups chopped onion
 4 cloves minced garlic
 1 cup chopped red and/or yellow bell peppers
 1 can crushed pineapple in 100% pineapple juice (20 oz.)
 ¼ cup soy sauce
 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
 ¼ cup brown sugar
 1 cup ketchup
 2 tbsp tomato paste
 2 lbs ground beef (90/10 ground sirloin was used for this recipe)

Directions

1

Turn the Instant Pot on the Sauté feature and allow it to heat up while you gather and prep your ingredients.

2

Chop the onions and peppers and mince the garlic.

3

Add the tablespoon of olive oil to the pot and let it heat up for a minute.

4

Once the oil is hot, add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the Instant Pot and sauté them for a few minutes until the onion begins to turn translucent.

5

Now add the chopped peppers and sauté for a few more minutes.

6

Add the ground beef to the pot and allow it to brown through.

7

Once the beef has browned, add the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar and mix well.

8

Add the can of pineapple to the Instant Pot and mix it into the ground beef mixture.

9

Dump the cup of ketchup and the two tablespoons of tomato paste on top of the ground beef, but DO NOT MIX it in. Just let it sit on top.

10

Now turn the Sauté feature off, close the lid to the Instant Pot, set the pressure release valve to sealing and then set the Instant Pot to cook on Manual High Pressure for 5 minutes.

11

Once the cooking time has completed, allow for a 10 minute NPR (Natural Pressure Release). Release any remaining pressure from the pot once the 10 minute NPR has completed and once the pin has dropped open the pot.

12

Mix all the ingredients together and set the Instant Pot to Sauté once more and cook for about 3 more minutes to thicken the Hawaiian Sloppy Joe mixture.

13

Serve the Hawaiian sloppy joe meat on top of a toasted Hawaiian bun.

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