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.

Tip!

  • 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!

Tip!

  • 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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Easy, healthy Instant Pot Beef Stew. Fall-apart tender beef in the most flavorful sauce! Loaded with veggies, Paleo, gluten free, and Whole 30 friendly.

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

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds boneless chuck roast
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil divided
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt divided
  • ½ 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 ½ cups fresh or frozen peas no need to thaw
  • Fresh parsley optional for serving

Instructions
 

  • Cut the chuck roast into 1 ½-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 ¼ 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 ¼ 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 ½-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 ¾-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.

Notes

  • 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).

Nutrition

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

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  1. I live in Africa where the ingredients are naturally organic and hand picked, you can imagine the flavors that I get from this recipe.

    In East Africa, we rarely use tomato based products in stews unless it is a sauce, I omitted the tomato sauce and added more water for a drinkable stew/broth. Sometimes when browning, I toss in a chunk of a crushed half OXO stock cube.5 stars

    1. Hi Jennifer! I haven’t tried this myself, but I think you could add the soup and use the Instant Pot’s “Keep Warm” function to gently reheat it.

  2. Being a Mom to “picky” special needs adult, I’m not used to a new recipe being such a hit!
    I made only a slight change and ONLY because of my boy’s aversion to certain textures. I pureed the onion and used jarred, minced garlic. I still sauteed it & followed everything else to the letter. Super-fabulous!!!5 stars

    1. Hi Cara, other readers have had success with doing an even split of 1/2 red wine and 1/2 beef broth. I hope you enjoy the stew!

  3. Hi !
    I have an 8 qt, do you think im safe to double this recipe?
    I want to make as much as I can fit.
    Cook time remains the same?

    1. Hi Justin! I have not experimented with doubling the recipe, but you likely would not need to double the cooking time. I would start with the same cooking time and let it rest longer or add a little more time if it’s not finished cooking yet. You’ll also want to make sure that the ingredients don’t go over the max fill line. If you decide to experiment, I’d love to hear how it goes.

      1. This was fantastic!! I purchased a pot roast, I added 3 stalks of celery, and doubled the recipe. I have an 8 quart, but I’m sure it would be fine to double in a 6qt, next time I plan on tripling the recipe. Its so good I was concerned of the meat being tough but it falls apart with the touch of a spoon. 100% making this again. We used 4 medium potatoes instead of the 2 large cause it’s what we had, but If I could go back I would have used 6-8 medium/4 large.
        100% huge hit from all of us, my mom wants an instant pot now haha5 stars

  4. This really is as good as everyone says it is. For any doubters, like I was, mixing in the cornstarch and peas without any cooking time really does work fine, even if the peas are frozen. And if you don’t have salt free tomato sauce, take out a teaspoon of salt from the meat braising step. Mine came out a bit salty because I only had regular tomato sauce. This is going to be a staple from now on!5 stars

  5. Erin, do you think this will work with a leaner cut such as brisket? I’m new to cooking meats, so apologies if this is a dumb question

    1. Hi Natalia! I haven’t tried this recipe with brisket myself, but you could experiment with it. If you decide to try it, I’d love to hear how it goes!

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