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Sloppy Joe Stuffed Potatoes on white plate with cheese and sour cream

Sloppy Joe Air Fryer Stuffed Potatoes

  • Author: Beth
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main dish, dinner
  • Method: Stovetop, Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Here’s an easy homemade no-ketchup sloppy-joe recipe. Use it to make these lip-smacking stuffed air-fryer potatoes — you’ll never miss the buns in this gluten-free meal.




  • 4 good-sized Yukon gold potatoes, baked in air fryer or oven, plus olive oil to coat (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large white or sweet onion, diced small
  • 1 large bell pepper, any color, diced small
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon prepared spicy yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Cook the potatoes (see note below for air fryer directions) and set aside.
  2. In a pot or large skillet on medium heat, heat the olive oil and add the onions. Saute the onions become just translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the bell peppers and cook for 3-4 minutes more until peppers are starting to change color.
  4. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more.
  5. Add the ground beef and cook, stirring and breaking it all up, until all the pink color is gone.
  6. Stir in the remaining ingredients and simmer for at least 10 minutes. Taste to see if it needs a little more salt or vinegar. Remember that the potatoes aren’t salted so you can make the mixture just a bit saltier than you might otherwise.
  7. Cut the cooked potatoes almost in half and press gently open. Spoon the Sloppy Joe filling on top of each open potato. Top with cheese, if desired, and a dollop of yogurt (or sour cream) – dairy or non-dairy. Garnish with sliced green onions and parsley. 


I used directions from All Recipes for my air fryer potatoes


  • 4 Yukon gold potatoes, about 3-4 inches long each
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil, divided


  • Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Brush potatoes gently with 1 teaspoon oil; place in the basket of the air fryer and cook for 10 minutes. Skins will be starting to brown. 
  • Brush potatoes with 1 additional teaspoon oil; continue cooking in the air fryer for 10 minutes. Coat with the remaining oil and cook until tender, 5-7 minutes more.

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