In the spirit of the warm, cozy vibes, I have a comforting hug of a recipe for you: Instant Pot Beef Stew. It has the cozy richness you expect from the stick-to-your-ribs classic, made faster and easier in the pressure cooker.

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This recipe is an adaptation of my Crock Pot Beef Stew.

Beef stew is one of my absolute favorite recipes to make on a chilly, cloudy day (along with this Crockpot Vegetable Beef Soup) when I can prep the beef stew earlier in the day, then take pleasure in allowing the meat cook low and slow for hours, until it is so fall apart tender, it slices with a spoon.

This recipe for Instant Pot beef stew is that recipe’s taste twin, on warp speed. The pressure cooker makes that all-day flavor attainable in a fraction of the time.

Veggies and beef pieces become perfectly tender and flavorful in a scrumptious, cozy-to-your-core broth.

Every time I take a bite of this Instant Pot Beef Stew, I feel transported to a snug room beside a roaring fire in some windswept, drizzly, fairytale part of the world. The coast of Ireland perhaps?

Like this hearty Spanish Chicken Stew, Instant Pot beef stew feels like the meal for that kind of night, when the rain taps on the window, but you needn’t worry. You are snug and the stew is hot and ready.

A pressure cooker with meat and vegetables

5 Star Review

“Hands down the best beef stew I’ve ever made or had! The thyme flavor was an amazing addition!”

— AH —

Tips for the Best Instant Pot Beef Stew

  • Brown the beef so that it gets that delectable crust. Crust = FLAVOR, so don’t skip this step. It takes a little bit of patience but will be well worth your time.
  • Deglaze the pot and scrape up every brown bit. Deglazing both adds richness to the stew and ensures that you don’t receive the dreaded Instant Pot “burn” warning.
  • Use wine if you like. I wrote the recipe for deglazing the stew with beef broth to keep it simple, but you could certainly do an Instant Pot beef stew red wine deglaze instead.
  • Pile on the veg. I loaded this soup with lots of healthy vegetables, so it truly can hold its own as an all-in-one meal.
Easy Instant Pot beef stew with bread slices

How to Make Instant Pot Beef Stew

If you love cozy, hearty, and nutritious recipes that will please everyone at your table, then this Instant Pot beef stew is the best thing to cook in an Instant Pot!

The Ingredients

  • Boneless Chuck Roast. Chuck roast is the perfect choice for this beef stew. It’s tender, protein-packed, flavorful, and won’t dry out during cooking.


  • How to make beef stew meat tender. Normally, the only way to achieve a melt-in-your-mouth texture with tougher cuts of beef (like the beef used for beef stew) is hours of low and slow cooking.
  • The Instant Pot speeds the process along. Because no moisture escapes, it locks tenderness into every bite of the beef.
  • Onion + Garlic + Carrots. A delicious mix of pantry staples that help build the stew’s flavors and add nutrition.
  • Russet Potato. Russet potatoes hold up well during cooking, making them the perfect variety to use in beef stew. Make sure your potato chunks are similar in size so that they will cook in the same amount of time. If you need to make this Instant Pot beef stew without potatoes, you could try using a different root vegetable of choice.
  • Worcestershire Sauce. A dash of this umami bomb ingredient will make the flavors pop.
  • Bayleaf + Dried Thyme. For a more flavorful broth with that extra somethin’ somethin’.
  • Tomato Sauce. Instead of making Instant Pot beef stew with tomato paste, the tomato sauce helps give the stew liquid and balances out all the other flavors (plus unless it is 100% necessary, I hate opening a can of tomato paste only to use a tiny bit!).
  • Cornstarch + Water. You can add water to your beef stew with a little cornstarch to help thicken it up.
  • Peas. Fresh or frozen will work here.

The Directions

  1. Brown the beef in the Instant Pot in batches so that all sides develop color.
  2. Sauté the onion and garlic. Stir in the beef broth, and scrape the bottom of the pot to deglaze it.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients. Do NOT stir! This helps avoid the burn warning.
  4. Cook on HIGH for 35 minutes, then let the pressure release naturally. Discard the bay leaf.
  5. Prepare a cornstarch slurry, and stir it into the Instant Pot. Add the peas. DIG IN!


  • How long to pressure cook beef stew. 35 minutes of HIGH pressure (the manual setting), plus 10 minutes of natural release, yielded pieces of stew meat that tasted as if they’d been cooking for hours instead of minutes.
  • Be sure you cut the meat to the size directed in the recipe to ensure this cooking time is right for you too.

Dietary Notes

  • For those with dietary concerns, this Instant Pot beef stew is Whole30 and Paleo friendly.
  • Swap the white potatoes for sweet potatoes or a different root veggie, such as parsnips, swap arrowroot for the cornstarch, and omit the Worcestershire (you can splash in some coconut aminos for extra flavor instead if you like).
  • This beef stew is also naturally dairy free and gluten free…though we couldn’t resist dipping ours with hunks of crusty bread.
Two bowls of soup with bread

Storage Tips

  • To Make Ahead. Chop the vegetables up to 1 day in advance, storing them in separate airtight storage containers in the refrigerator.
  • To Store. Refrigerate stew in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • To Reheat. Rewarm leftovers in a Dutch oven on the stovetop over medium-low heat or gently in the microwave.
  • To Freeze. Freeze beef stew in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Wine Pairing

Instant Pot beef stew and red wine are a delicious combo! Try this stew with a full-bodied Merlot, Malbec, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Bordeaux. You can use some of the wine to deglaze the pan, then enjoy the rest.

What To Serve with Beef Stew

While this stew can easily serve as an all-in-one meal, here are a few ideas of what would pair well with it:

Two bowls of Instant Pot beef stew

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The best easy Instant Pot Beef Stew. Fall-apart tender beef in a rich, flavorful sauce! Loaded with veggies, comforting, and ultra satisfying!

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 1 hr 20 mins
Total: 1 hr 30 mins

Servings: 7 cups


  • 2 pounds boneless chuck roast
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil divided
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper divided
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 pound carrots about 6 medium
  • 1 large russet potato
  • 1 14.5-ounce can low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce*
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 can (8-ounce) no salt added tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch*
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen peas no need to thaw
  • Fresh parsley optional for serving


  • Cut the chuck roast into 1 1/2-inch cubes, removing any large, tough pieces of fat or gristle.
  • Turn the Instant Pot to SAUTE. Add 1 tablespoon of the oil. Once the oil is hot and shimmering (a drop of water should sizzle if added to the surface of the pot), add half of the beef, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. The cubes should be in a single layer and not too crowded so that they brown nicely. Let the cubes of beef cook undisturbed for 4 to 5 minutes (resist the urge to peek!), until the bottom of the cubes develop a dark-brown crust and come away from the pan easily. Turn and continue searing until dark and brown all over, about 4 additional minutes. Transfer the seared meat to a clean plate or bowl. Add another 1 tablespoon olive oil to the pot. Once hot, add the remaining beef and remaining 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Sear the remaining beef. If the pan gets too dry, add a bit more oil as needed.
  • While the meat browns, dice the yellow onion. Mince the garlic. Peel the carrots and cut them into 1/2-inch-thick diagonal slices.
  • Remove the second batch of browned beef to the plate with the first batch. Add the remaining tablespoon olive oil and the onion to the Instant Pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion begins to soften and browns, about 6 minutes.
  • While the onion cooks, scrub and peel the potato and cut it into 3/4-inch chunks. If you haven’t finished cutting the carrots, do so now.
  • Add the garlic to the Instant Pot. Cook, stirring constantly until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the beef broth and use a spoon to scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Make sure you remove every last bit of stuck-on food so that you don’t receive a “burn” warning.
  • Stir in the carrots, potatoes, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, thyme, and the browned beef, along with any meat juices that have collected on the plate. Pour the tomato sauce on top. Do not stir again.
  • Close and seal the Instant Pot. Cook on high pressure for 35 minutes, then allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes. Vent to release any remaining pressure, then carefully open the lid. Remove and discard the bay leaf.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water to create a slurry. Add to the Instant Pot and stir until the stew thickens. Add the peas and stir to warm through. Serve hot, sprinkled with fresh parsley.


  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • To make the recipe Whole30/Paleo compliant, swap arrowroot for the cornstarch and omit the Worcestershire (you can splash in some coconut aminos for extra flavor instead if you like).


Serving: 1.5cupsCalories: 489kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 44gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 117mgFiber: 6gSugar: 10g

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  1. I did it according to directions, the beef is the texture of particle board. What went wrong, I used the stew setting. The broth and veg are great, so I must have gone wrong some where. I did not let it depressurize naturally, was that the mistake.

    1. I’m sorry your meat wasn’t tender, Ann. The natural release is important for the meat’s texture, so that’s likely what the issue was. I also recommend using the regular pressure cook/HIGH setting instead of the stew setting, since I haven’t tested it myself. I hope it goes better for you next time!

  2. ONLY thing I did different was to split half Apothic Red wine with the beef stock. Honestly is the best recipe for beef stew! Thank you so much for sharing!-Kevin5 stars

  3. This was great! Thank you for the specific instructions, including how large to chop everything. It gave me confidence as I started cooking even though I rarely cook beef and have never made a beef stew. Cheers!5 stars

  4. Hi Erin,

    Just made this! Will definitely make it again! Although it dirties another dish, I like to brown the meat in a separate pan, all in one batch. I find it easier that way, and I don’t have to worry about the burn notice. Always love your recipes – thank you!5 stars

  5. Best beef stew ever — and I’ve been making stew for 50 years!! Easier than on the stove and much faster. Flavor is great and beef is so tender. Thank you!5 stars

  6. I followed the recipe. We really enjoyed our meal. Thanks.
    The instructions were perfect.
    Thanks.5 stars

  7. My partner loved this stew! I used tomato paste instead of sauce and added a splash of maple syrup to sweeten the paste but other than that followed the recipe to a tee. Yummm!5 stars

  8. Really tasty! I subbed flour to thicken instead of cornstarch as that’s all I had on hand. It didn’t thicken up as much as I had wanted but not sure if that’s due to using flour or not using enough flour, but I was hungry and impatient and didn’t feel like adding more. I thought it needed a bit more seasoning as well.

    Overall I was pretty impressed with this and would definitely make it again!4 stars

  9. Hi Erin,

    I have never had any luck using my instant pot, things just never turned out right and I was ready to give it away. However, I trust your recipes immensely so when I saw you had Instant pot recipes & tips I thought I would give it one last try. I am so glad I did because I made this stew last night and it turned out great! Thank you Erin, I am now make the instant pot sweet potatoes. Thank you so much for all of the hard work you put into this website, love the thoroughness, details, videos and of course the delicious outcomes. I don’t even bother looking at any other sites for recipes anymore.5 stars

  10. I love this recipe. The only thing I’m having a problem with is the potatoes. I’ve made it twice and the second time I cut the potatoes even bigger and tried Yukon gold but both times the potatoes disappeared and are no where to be seen. Should I add the potatoes later and not cook them as long?4 stars

    1. I’m so happy that you’ve enjoyed it, Brady! I recommend using Russet potatoes here, as they tend to hold up the best. I haven’t tried adding the potatoes later, but you could certainly give it a try. You could also cut them into even larger pieces to keep them from becoming as mushy. I hope this helps!

  11. AWESOME!!!!!!!!

  12. Great hearty ‘all in one’ meal! I used suggested option of 1/2 red wine & beef bouillon (Better Than Bouillon) for liquid; already prepared beef stew meat; and a mix of small potatoes – scrubbed & cut to desired size- no peeling needed. Flavor was wonderful- keeping this one!5 stars

  13. Delicious! I’m new to Insta pot cooking & this was relatively easy. Should have watched the video first.5 stars

    1. Hi Linda! Here is a link to my Crockpot Beef Stew: Hope that helps!

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