Instant Pot Beef Stew

Instant Pot Beef Stew

This Instant Pot beef stew recipe makes the most tender, flavorful dish that takes like it cooked all day. It’s full summer heat here and while I’ve been loving all the salads, fish, grilling, and easy dinners, sometimes you just need a hearty meal. Using the Instant Pot means no hot stove or oven all day. This delicious, hearty meal is ready in just an hour and doesn’t heat up the kitchen. Of course one of my favorite things is less dishes and Instant Pot beef stew is made all in the same pot for easy clean-up.

Gather up your ingredients.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Beef Stew

Chop the onion, mince the garlic, set aside.

Cut the chuck roast into 1 1/2″ pieces, set aside.

Set the Instant Pot on saute, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil.  Season the beef with salt and pepper and add it in batches, to the Instant Pot, being careful not to crowd.  You want to sear the meat, not steam it so let it sit for 4-5 minutes until you get a nice, golden crust.  Using tongs, rotate meat to sear on all sides, continue with batches until all seared.  Add more oil as needed.  Remove meat and set aside in a bowl.

Sear but don't crowd meat

While the meat is cooking, chop the carrots and celery.  Remember to try to keep a uniform size of 1 1/2″ so the vegetables cook evenly.  Cube the potatoes to 1 1/2″.

Chop vegetables the same size for even cooking.

Once the meat has been removed, add the tomato paste, thyme, onion, and garlic to the Instant pot, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and saute for about 2 minutes until onion begins to soften and the tomato paste is incorporated.

Add beef broth and Worcestershire sauce, stirring all the ingredients together and scraping up all of the browned bits. 

Add the meat and all the rest of the ingredients to the Instant Pot and give it a good stir.  

Add all the ingredients to Instant Pot.

Hit cancel to turn off the saute function, cover the Instant Pot, set the valve to seal, and set on manual high pressure for 25 minutes.  It will take about 10 minutes for the Instant Pot to come to pressure, then the timer will start counting down.

When the timer is finished, let the Instant Pot natural release.  While the pot is slowly releasing the pressure, mix the corn starch and water together to make a slurry.  Set the Instant Pot on saute and cook for about 5 minutes, until the gravy starts to thicken. 

Serve warm and garnish with fresh parsley.

If you like hearty Instant Pot meals, try Instant Pot Beef Bourguignon, Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup, Instant Pot Butter Chicken, and Instant Pot Creamy Artichoke Chicken.

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Instant Pot Beef Stew

Instant Pot Beef Stew

Hearty, flavorful Instant Pot beef stew that has dinner on the table with only an hour of cooking.

  • Author: Kathleen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Beef
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American
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Ingredients

1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck cut into 1 1/2″ pieces
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
3 medium carrots, chopped 1 1/2″ pieces
3 stalks celery, chopped in 1 1/2″ pieces
3 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, chopped 1 1/2″ pieces
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 cup beef broth
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon water
Fresh parsley leaves, chopped for garnish 

Instructions

  1. Chop the onion, mince the garlic, set aside.
  2. Cut the chuck roast into 1 1/2″ pieces, set aside.
  3. Set the Instant Pot on saute, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil.  Season the beef with salt and pepper and add it in batches, to the Instant Pot, being careful not to crowd.  You want to sear the meat, not steam it so let it sit for 4-5 minutes until you get a nice, golden crust.  Using tongs, rotate meat to sear on all sides, continue with batches until all seared.  Add more oil as needed.  Remove meat and set aside in a bowl.
  4. While the meat is cooking, chop the carrots and celery.  Remember to try to keep a uniform size of 1 1/2″ so the vegetables cook evenly.  Cube the potatoes to 1 1/2″.
  5. Once the meat has been removed, add the tomato paste, thyme, onion, and garlic to the Instant pot, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and saute for about 2 minutes until onion begins to soften and the tomato paste is incorporated.
  6. Add beef broth and Worcestershire sauce, stirring all the ingredients together and scraping up all of the browned bits.  
  7. Add the meat and all the rest of the ingredients to the Instant Pot and give it a good stir.  
  8. Hit cancel to turn off the saute function, cover the Instant Pot, set the valve to seal, and set on manual high pressure for 25 minutes.  It will take about 10 minutes for the Instant Pot to come to pressure, then the timer will start counting down.
  9. When the timer is finished, let the Instant Pot natural release.  While the pot is slowly releasing the pressure, mix the corn starch and water together to make a slurry.  Set the Instant Pot on saute and cook for about 5 minutes, until the gravy starts to thicken. 
  10. Serve warm and garnish with fresh parsley.

Keywords: Instant Pot, beef stew, hearty, comfort food

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