How to Make Instant Pot Beef Stew

With this versatile pot hitting the market since somewhere in 2010, many models were released that were always better than the previous one. For that reason, there is a myriad of tasty recipes available for it, and instant beef stew is but one of them.

We will show you a quick and easy recipe for how to make Instant Pot beef stew to widen your reference base. Even though it is designed for the Instant Pot, you can make it any way you wish to save time and effort.

This may sound like just another recipe for a popular pressure cooker, but you will not regret it once you tried it. So pull up your chair and see what this recipe is about.

How to Make Instant Pot Beef Stew

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Time Is Of the Essence

If you are pressed for time, this recipe will help you to have that beef stew ready in less than an hour. You can serve this with a fresh loaf of bread to save you time instead of cooking rice or any pasta.

This recipe is flexible for those who prefer fresh vegetables and want to do the preparation of the vegetables all by themselves. It is also great for use by those who are following special diets such as Paleo or AIP and even Keto.

Here are instructions on how to use the Instant Pot if you are new to it.


Flavoring Ingredients

  • A teaspoon salt (Or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • Sweet paprika to taste ( Around 1 teaspoon)

Fresh Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of chuck roast beef
  • 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, or if you are on a Keto diet, use cornstarch instead of the flour
  • 1 half cup of saltless beef stock or beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil ( preferably olive oil)
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced garlic ( 2 cloves chopped garlic if you prefer fresh)
  • 1 tablespoon of dried minced onions (2 onions chopped if you prefer fresh)
  • 8 ounces of baby carrots (3 carrots chopped if you prefer diced size)
  • 1 pound of bite-size baby potatoes (cut in quarters if too large or cut 1 half pound of potatoes into cubes)
  • 1 half cup of full-bodied red wine ( Use red grape juice if you prefer non-alcoholic)

Additional Ingredients

Some people do not want tomatoes and other vegetables in their beef stew, but you can add them to the recipe if you prefer.

  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste (1 medium size tomato for every pound of beef, chopped) 
  • 1 half cup of baby peas ( Add this in after the stew is complete and let it sauté for one minute)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

Steps To Get Your Beef Stew Ready

  1. Cut the beef into cubes and sprinkle the flour over it, then mix it well
  2. Set your Instant Pot to sauté and choose more, then pour the oil into the inner-pot
  3. Add the meat and cook for 7 minutes until it is well sealed
  4. While the meat is cooking, keep on stirring so it will not stick to the bottom and side of the pot
  5. Add the beef stock (or broth) and the wine (or red grape juice) to the pot and, with a spoon, deglaze the bottom
  6. After you are done with the deglazing, stir in the carrots, potatoes, and onions, as well as garlic and tomato paste. If you added more vegetables, you can stir that in as well. If you prefer fresh tomatoes, add them in now
  7. Now you can add all the flavoring ingredients into the pot with all the other ingredients
  8. After you added all the ingredients except the baby peas and made sure everything is covered in fluid, close the lid
  9. You do this by putting the lid with the seal on the pot and turn it to the “seal“ position
  10. Cancel the sauté program and select the meat/stew program at high pressure for 35 minutes, which is the default setting. You can also put the Instant Pot on Manual program at high pressure for 25 minutes; use this when you are more experienced. 
  11. When the alarm of the Instant Pot goes off, indicating the end of the program, make a quick release and open the lid. If you set it on Manual, you do not need to wait for the 10 minutes of depressurizing. 
  12. This is now the time where you add the baby peas and select sauté and let it cook for 1 minute.
How to Make Instant Pot Beef Stew

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With so many recipes available, it is great to find a place where you can just go and find what you need. Hopefully, this recipe will help you in more ways than just feeding the family but also to provide some bonding time around the table.