This easy and satisfying Instant Pot beef stew is full of tender chunks of beef, hearty vegetables, and a rich and flavorful broth! This classic dish is the perfect budget-friendly comfort food for any day of the week. And with the Instant Pot, you can have it ready in just 45 minutes!
Looking for a satisfying and delicious meal that's quick and easy to make? Look no further than Instant Pot beef stew!
With tender chunks of beef, hearty potatoes, healthy vegetables, and a rich and flavorful broth, this classic dish is the perfect comfort food for any day of the week!
And with the Instant Pot, you can have it ready in a fraction of the time it would take to make it on the stovetop or in the oven.
So why not whip up a batch of instant pot beef stew today and enjoy a warm and comforting meal that will satisfy your taste buds and your soul!
If you love your Instant Pot, then be sure to also try Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Time-saving: The Instant Pot is known for its ability to cook meals quickly. Beef stew can be a time-consuming dish to prepare on the stovetop or in the oven, but with the Instant Pot, you can have a delicious and hearty meal in a fraction of the time.
- Tender meat: The high-pressure cooking method of the Instant Pot ensures that the beef in your stew will be fall-apart tender and juicy.
- Flavorful broth: The Instant Pot allows you to cook the beef and vegetables together, which results in a rich, flavorful broth that is infused with the flavors of the ingredients.
- Easy cleanup: Since the Instant Pot is a one-pot meal, cleanup is quick and easy. You won't have to worry about multiple pots and pans to wash.
- Versatility: The Instant Pot is great for making a variety of meals, and beef stew is just one of many dishes you can make in it. You can use it to make soups, stews, roasts, rice, and even desserts.
Overall, making beef stew in an Instant Pot is a convenient and delicious way to enjoy this classic dish.
You only need simple pantry ingredients for this recipe!
- Beef - Chuck beef or beef stew meat.
- Potatoes - I use Yukon Gold as they're usually what I have on hand in the pantry and they don't break up too much. Find out more about types of potatoes.
- Pea, Carrots, Onion - the vegetables that make up the stew. Feel free to swap them for other veggies.
- Beef broth - I like beef broth, but you can use vegetable if you prefer.
- Paprika, garlic powder, mixed dried herbs - spices and herbs to flavor the stew. If you prefer smoked paprika then use it! Instead of mixed dried herbs, use Italian herbs, thyme or rosemary.
- Tomato paste - also called tomato puree - the thick kind in a tube or small can. It adds richness and depth of flavor to the instant pot beef stew.
- Oil - use your favorite cooking oil, olive, vegetable, canola etc...
- Cornstarch - to thicken the stew. If you prefer to use flour, then coat the beef in a few tablespoons of it before frying.
- Salt and pepper - to season the stew.
See the recipe card for quantities and method.
Follow these step-by-step instructions, then scroll down for the full ingredients list and method.
Add the oil to the Instant Pot on 'saute' mode. When it's hot, add the beef and fry it, with the lid off, stirring often, until browned all over. Remove the beef and set aside on a plate.
Add the onion and garlic to the pot on 'saute' and cook, stirring often, for 4 minutes or until soft but not browned.
Stir in the tomato paste and fry for a further minute.
Pour in the cooked beef, beef broth, potatoes, carrots, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder and dried herbs. Stir well, close the lid and steam valve, and cook on 'high' for 25 minutes, then allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes before doing a quick release.
Stir the cornstarch into a tablespoon of water, then stir it into the stew. Add the peas. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes to thicken and for the peas to cook.
Serve and enjoy.
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Beef stew is a hearty and filling meal that can be served on its own or with a variety of sides. Here are some serving suggestions for beef stew:
- Crusty bread: A slice of crusty bread is the perfect accompaniment to a bowl of beef stew. It's great for soaking up the flavorful broth.
- Mashed potatoes: If you want a more substantial meal, serve your beef stew over a bed of creamy mashed potatoes.
- Rice: Another option for a more filling meal is to serve your beef stew over a bed of fluffy rice.
- Salad: For a lighter meal, pair your beef stew with a side salad. A crisp green salad with a tangy vinaigrette is the perfect complement to the rich flavors of the stew.
- Roasted vegetables: Roasted root vegetables, such as carrots, parsnips, and turnips, make a great side dish for beef stew. They add a sweet and earthy flavor that complements the beef and the savory broth.
- Cornbread: If you want to add a Southern twist to your meal, serve your beef stew with a slice of cornbread. The sweetness of the cornbread pairs well with the rich flavors of the stew.
No matter how you serve it, beef stew is a comforting and delicious meal that is sure to satisfy you.
More Beef Recipes
- Irish Slow Cooker Beef Stew
- Sheet Pan Mexican Ground Beef
- Steakhouse Burgers
- Mongolian Beef
- Beef Chuck Roast
Food Safety Tips
- Before cooking, wash your hands and countertops.
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food that has touched raw meat.
- Always wash your hands after touching raw meat.
- Never leave cooking food unattended.
- Keep those pot/pan handles turned in away from the front of the stove.
- When cooking at high temperatures, use oils with a high smoking point, to avoid harmful compounds.
- Ensure you have good ventilation when cooking on gas.
- Put foods in the fridge or freezer within 2 hours of cooking. Reduce this to within 1 hour if it is 90 degrees or hotter outside.
- Safely thaw food in the fridge, under cold running water, or in the microwave.
- To ensure food is cooked through, it's best to use a food thermometer. Be aware that you can’t always tell by looking.
Cook to safe temperatures:
- Beef, Pork, Lamb: 145 °F
- Fish: 145 °F
- Ground Beef, Ground Pork, Ground Lamb: 160 °F
- Turkey, Chicken, Duck: 165 °F
Instant Pot Beef Stew
- Instant Pot
- 2 teaspoons oil
- 2 pounds beef chuck or stew beef cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 onion diced
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste tomato puree
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 cups beef broth
- 2 cups diced potatoes I use Yukon gold
- 2 carrots chopped
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon Italian herbs
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 cup frozen peas
- Add the oil to the Instant Pot on 'saute' mode. When it's hot, add the beef and fry it, with the lid off, stirring often, until browned all over. Remove the beef and set aside on a plate.
- Add the onion to the pot on 'saute' and cook, stirring often, for 4 minutes or until soft but not browned.
- Stir in the tomato paste and garlic and fry for a further minute.
- Pour in the cooked beef, beef broth, potatoes, carrots, paprika, garlic powder, dried herbs, salt and pepper. Stir well, close the lid and steam valve, and cook on 'high' for 25 minutes, then allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes before doing a quick release.
- Stir the cornstarch into a tablespoon of water, then stir it into the stew. Stir in the peas. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes to thicken and for the peas to cook.
- Serve and enjoy.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.