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Sloppy Joe Air Fryer Stuffed Potatoes

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.  
Course Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword beef sloppy Joe's, comfort food, dairy free option, Gluten-free, potato sloppy joe's, sloppy Joe's, stuffed potatoes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Beth


  • 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


  • Cook the potatoes (see note below for air fryer directions) and set aside.
  • 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.
  • Stir in the bell peppers and cook for 3-4 minutes more until peppers are starting to change color.
  • Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more.
  • Add the ground beef and cook, stirring and breaking it all up, until all the pink color is gone.
  • 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.
  • 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.