The Best Instant Pot Beef Stew

The Best Instant Pot Beef Stew - Best stew Recipe around!

The middle of February is a great time for comfort food. One recipe I turn to over and over is my beloved Crockpot Beef Stew, because it’s so warm and satisfying. Have you tried it yet? It’s a fan SUPER favorite! 

There’s only one problem: cooking it in the crock takes anywhere from 6 to 10 hours. That’s a good thing if you want to throw the meal together in the morning and have a hot dinner waiting at the end of the day…but what if you’ve just come home from work and you’re really in the mood for a good beef stew? It’s too late to start cooking it then.

Or at least, it used to be. But now, it’s Instant Pot to the rescue!

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The Best Instant Pot Beef Stew - Best stew Recipe around!

With the Instant Pot, you can whip up a hearty beef stew in less than an hour…including prep time, cooking time, and sitting time. So if you get home at 5:30, you can have a delicious beef stew on the table by 6:30. And that means you can have a The Best Instant Pot Beef Stew in your belly, where it belongs, by 6:45.

So now, it’s your choice…you can start your stew in the morning or in the evening. With the Instant Pot, it’s all good.

The Best Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe.

 

The Best Instant Pot Beef Stew

  1. Place all ingredients into Instant Pot EXCEPT for the frozen peas, corn and flour/water mixture. Stir until well combined.The Best Instant Pot Beef Stew - Raw beef chunks in Instant pot pressure cooker The Best Instant Pot Beef Stew - Onions and seasoning added to the beef The Best Instant Pot Beef Stew - potatoes, carrots, broth, and tomato pasted added into Instant Pot pressure cooker
  2. Seal Instant Pot at set valve to sealing.The Best Instant Pot Beef Stew - finger pushing Instant Pot lever to sealing
  3. Select the Meat/Stew option (35 mins high pressure)The Best Instant pot beef stew - finger pushing Meat/Stew button on Instant Pot pressure cooker
  4. Once cooking time is complete, let Instant Pot sit for 12 minutes. After 12 minutes is up, quick release pressure, placing the valve to the venting position.
  5. After Instant Pot is depressurized, Stir in frozen corn, peas and flour/water mixture and stir until stew thickens a little bit more and corn/peas are warmed, about 3-5 mins.The Best Instant pot beef stew - a scoop of beef stew in a ladle

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Published on: February 16, 2017
Updated on December 8, 2019

4.81 from 66 votes

The Best Instant Pot Beef Stew

Author Corey Valley
With the Instant Pot, you can whip up The Best Instant Pot Beef Stew in no time. Just throw it all in and push go. No need to brown the meat either!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 2 pounds beef stew meat (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 32 oz beef broth
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups baby carrots carrots
  • 4-5 small red potatoes cut into bite-sized pieces (about 3 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 cups frozen peas
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients into Instant Pot EXCEPT for the frozen peas, corn and flour/water mixture. Stir until well combined.
  • Seal Instant Pot at set valve to sealing.
  • Select the Meat/Stew option. (35 min High pressure)
  • Once cooking time is complete, let Instant Pot sit for 12 minutes. After 12 minutes is up, quick release pressure, placing the valve to the venting position.
  • After Instant Pot is depressurized, Stir in frozen corn, peas and flour/water mixture and stir until stew thickens a little bit more and corn/peas are warmed, about 3-5 mins.

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Nutrition

Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 1034mg | Potassium: 1389mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 4885IU | Vitamin C: 25.5mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 5.2mg

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164 Comments

  1. Hi Corey,

    This recipe sounds yum! I have to admit that I do not own an Instant Pot, but will purchase one on Amazon.

    Is there a particular brand and make / model that you recommend?

    In the meantime….do you have an easy Crockpot Beef Stew recipe?

    I love beef stew! Healthy and tasty and easy to make!

    I like to eat healthy…but am more into the easy recipes, as I cook just for myself.

    Thank you.

    1. I’m sorry I couldn’t click on the link to show me what size pot your recipe is made in. I want to buy the pot that most recipes will work with, did you use a 6qt. Or 8qt? Thanks

    2. I used a 6 qt 🙂

    3. Will omitting the tomato paste ruin the dish? I don’t have any on hand and planned to go ahead without it. 🙂

    4. Not bad. However, I recommend, (1) brown the beef (adds that great caramelized beef flavor), (2) replace the tomato paste with condensed Campbell’s tomato soup (less tangy), remove the oregano entirely (over powers the beef flavor), and, skip the Instant Pot completely, just slow cook it all (unless you’re really pressed for time). Also, skip the flour; just let the potatoes and carrots thicken the sauce, then add more so they don’t turn to mush (which happens in a pressure cooker). Doh!

  2. Vivian Grove says:

    5 stars
    1st time making this.. love the taste

    1. Kathy from MN says:

      Agreed. This is so tasty! Have made it a few times now. It is a very easy-to-work-with recipe. One time I had only half the tomato paste, so I added diced tomatoes to make up for the missing ingredient. Another time, I had various veggies in the fridge to use up, celery and mushrooms, so I threw them in. Both times it was great – the spice combination is the key and good with everything. A very little pinch of red pepper flakes adds a some zing, if you like that, which we did most recently and enjoyed. THANK YOU for sharing this wonderful tasting recipe with clear directions for this novice Instant Pot user!

  3. 5 stars
    Hi Corey,
    At the last step of the beef Stew recipe, it says 1/4 C flour and 1/4 C water, After blending, you say to pour it in the pot and stir.. when i mixed the flour and water, I had a bowl of paste. What did I do wrong?
    Thanks,
    Jake

    1. Yes, the it should turn into a paste. This will thicken up the stew when your stir it in 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    I made this Best Beef Stew last night and it is the BEST Beef Stew that I have every made or ever eaten. My husband could not stop bragging about it. He had to tell everybody at work today. I will not every use any other recipe. The only thing I will do is put more carrots in it. This stew is melt in your mouth great. I followed your recipe to the letter on purpose. I do have the Instant Pot 6DUO and love it. Thank you so much.

    1. I am so happy you and your hubby loved my recipe so much Donna! Yay!

  5. I have never seen a recipe say to let it sit before depressurizing. What happens during the 12 minutes?

    1. The moisture the meat lost during cooking has time to reabsorb. Makes for more tender meat. Especially with a tough cut like stew meat tends to be. Much like you’d rest steak before cutting into it. I use at least a ten minute NR on most meats. Chicken breast included. Makes the breast much more tender.