Simple Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe

This Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe takes a classic slow-cooked meal and turns it into a quick and delicious dinner. It’s very easy to prepare, making it a great choice for when you are short on time. Even though it doesn’t take hours to cook, there is a wonderful depth of flavor that comes from simply browning the stew meat and cooking down the tomato paste and garlic. The vegetables are so mouth watering and tender that your family will ask for this Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe every week.

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Get ready to add this Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe to your meal plan! Your family will be asking for it!

Quick and Hearty Beef Dinner in the Instant Pot

Making a comforting meal doesn’t require you to wait all day to enjoy it when you use an Instant Pot or pressure cooker. It gives you more time to spend with your family without sacrificing the flavor you get from using a slow cooker. Plus, if you have kids that are as hungry as mine at the end of the day, speed is sometimes essential and it’s great to be able to have a hearty dinner done in a fraction of the time that it would take any other way.

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How to Make Instant Pot Beef Stew

What’s better than your kitchen smelling like beef, onions, and garlic? It reminds me of family dinners on Sundays growing up after spending time watching a movie on the couch with my parents. Our Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe combines all the flavors you know and love into a delicious one-pot meal that you will be ready to enjoy in less than an hour on a busy weeknight.

ingredients needed to make Instant Pot Beef Stew
Ingredients you will need to make this quick and easy Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe

Ingredients Needed to Make Instant Pot Beef Stew

  • Onion – Slice it nice and thin
  • Garlic – Crush and then finely mince
  • Boneless beef chuck roast – Trim and cut into 1 ½ inch pieces if needed
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Carrots – Clean and cut into 1 ½ inch pieces
  • Celery – Cut into 1 ½ inch pieces 
  • Yukon gold potatoes – Peel and cut into 1 ½ inch pieces
  • Bay leaves
  • Tomato paste 
  • Dried thyme 
  • Beef broth – You may need a little more depending on your desired consistency
  • Cornstarch
  • Water 
  • Frozen peas 

Instructions for an EasY Beef Stew Recipe

steps 1-4 for making Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe shown in Instant Pot
This quick and easy Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe start with browning the meat, then adding the vegetables.

Step 1

Peel and thinly slice the onion.

Step 2

Mince the garlic cloves.

Step 3

Trim and cut the beef chuck roast into tender chunks of beef.

Tip: To save time, you can purchase pre-cut beef stew meat instead.

Step 4

Add the cubes of beef, salt, and pepper to a bowl and toss to coat.

Step 5

Heat the olive oil in the Instant pot®.

Tip: Be sure to use the saute mode setting.

Step 6

Sear half the beef at a time to ensure that all of it browns evenly. It will take approximately 8-10 minutes.

Step 7

Transfer the browned beef to a plate and then saute the onion and garlic for about 3 minutes.

Tip: Cook the onion and garlic just until softened. Do not overcook!

Step 8

Peel, cut, and clean your celery, carrots, and potatoes into 1-inch pieces.

Tip: If you want, you can choose to do this after cutting the onion and garlic. Just keep the veggies in a bowl to the side.

Step 9

Add the bay leaves, tomato paste, and dried thyme to the Instant Pot and cook for 1-2 minutes.

Tip: It will be slightly brown, but that’s normal.

steps 5-8 for making Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe
After the beef and vegetables are cooked, it’s time to add the peas and a slurry to thicken the Instant Pot Beef Stew.

Step 10

Pour in the beef broth and scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon.

Step 11

Add the vegetables and beef to the Instant Pot, then stir to combine.

Step 12

Cook on high pressure for about 25 minutes.

Tip: Make sure to lock the lid and that the valve is sealed.

Step 13

Continue to cook and let the instant pot’s natural pressure release for about 10 minutes.

Step 14

Make a slurry with the cornstarch in water in a small jar. Shake to combine.

Tip: If you don’t have a small jar, you can use a small bowl/container and a whisk instead.

Step 15

Quick release the remaining pressure and open the lid carefully. It will be very hot!

Step 16

Switch from pressure cooking to the saute function and stir in the slurry.

Step 17

Stir in the frozen peas and simmer for about 2 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.

Tip: If it is too thick, this is when you can add more broth. Also, be sure to remove the bay leaves as well.

Step 18

Serve and enjoy!

ladle with Beef Stew Recipe made in the Instant Pot
This Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe will quickly become a family favorite. And you will love how easy it is!

Our Finished Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe

This Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe is thick, melt-in-your-mouth tender, and packed full of flavor. It’s perfect for even the pickiest eater because it uses very familiar ingredients. If by chance there are any leftovers of this delicious beef stew you can store any leftovers in an airtight container till the next day or up to 4 days in your refrigerator. If you want to freeze any remaining homemade beef stew make sure to use a freezer-safe container.

Yield: 4

Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe

spoon of beef stew made in the instant pot in white bowl

This Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe takes a classic slow-cooked meal and turns it into a quick and delicious dinner. It’s very easy to prepare, making it a great choice for when you are short on time.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, sliced thinly
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
  • 2 pounds boneless beef chuck
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • I tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium carrots, cleaned and cut into 1 ½ inch chunks
  • 2 stalks celery, cleaned and cut into 1 ½ inch chunks
  • 3 medium Yukon gold potatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons from 6 oz can) tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ cup beef broth, plus more if necessary
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¾ cup frozen peas

Instructions

    1. Clean and thinly slice onion 
    2. Mince garlic cloves 
    3. Trim beef and cut into 1 ½ inch pieces, if needed 
    4. Add beef to a bowl, sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss to combine 
    5. Heat oil in Instant Pot and saute setting 
    6. Divide beef into two portions and sear one portion at a time until nicely browned, about 8-10 minutes 
    7. Transfer to plate while cooking the onion and garlic until softened, about 3 minutes 
    8. Peel and cut carrots, celery and potatoes 
    9. Add bay leaves, tomato paste and dried thyme to instant pot and cook 1-2 minutes or until slightly darkened
    10. Pour in beef broth 
    11. Add cut vegetables and beef to the instant pot, stir to combine 
    12. Set the instant pot to cook on high pressure for 25 minutes, lock the lid and check the valve to set it to seal. 
    13. Cook and natural release pressure for 10 minutes
    14. Combine cornstarch and water in a small jar with a lid, shake well to make the slurry. 
    15. Release remaining pressure and carefully open lid 
    16. Turn to saute function and stir in slurry 
    17. Stir in frozen peas and simmer, stirring occasionally until sauce is thickened, about 2 minutes 
    18. Add more broth if stew if too thick 
    19. Serve immediately

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