Instant Pot beef stew with tender chunks of beef, golden yellow and red potatoes, carrots, celery, and onion with a savory broth. It’s the perfect soup for cold weather or using up leftover vegetables!
This quick and tasty Instant Pot Beef Stew has tender chunks of beef, mini potatoes, carrots, celery, and onion. It’s the perfect meal for fall weather!
I love slow-cooked beef. LOVE it. It’s so tender and juicy, but the time it takes to get tender in a slow cooker doesn’t exactly fit into my schedule and sometimes I need to get dinner going quickly. The pressure cooker gets you there in minutes. MINUTES. Not hours! Not even 1 hour! And you still have that great taste, the tenderness, and juiciness needed for beef in a stew or pot roast.
Ingredients for Instant Pot Beef Stew
- Stew Meat
- Olive Oil
- Gold and Red Potatoes or Russet Potatoes
- Baby Carrots or Chopped Carrots
- Red Wine
- Beef Broth
- Tomato Paste
- Garlic Powder
- Salt & Pepper
How to Make Instant Pot Beef Stew
First things first, set your Instant Pot to Sauté, normal temperature (by hitting the adjust button), and my timer defaulted to 30 minutes. You can set the timer to any time, so long as you leave enough time to brown your meat.
Prepare Your Beef
Coat your raw beef with 1/4 cup of flour and season with salt and pepper. I also added a sprinkle of rosemary to my beef.
** Note: You can skip this step if you have laundry to do,
kids are crying, need to finish some work, or your spouse says they’re
starrrving. (I’ve encountered all these. They’re valid.)
Browning the meat locks in the juice and flavor of your beef that makes it extra yummy!
Add 2 tsp olive oil to the pot once up to temperature. Allow the oil to get hot. Once it is hot enough, toss in your beef and brown all sides.
Chop Your Onion
While the meat is browning, you can begin peeling and
chopping your onion. Cut the celery into 1/4″ pieces.
I, myself, dislike a lot of onion, so I cut them into large pieces so that I can pick around them. My family likes them, and it does add flavor to your stew so it does have its benefits. (I suppose…)
Once your beef is browned, remove it from your Instant Pot.
I left my small potatoes whole to see if I could skip the added step of halving them, and it worked! I was nervous about the different densities and sizes of the meat and veggies, but everything cooked through and nothing was over or undercooked. So again, if you are in a hurry, you do not have to cut down your potatoes to get them cooked.
De-glaze That Pot
Take the 1/4 cup of red wine and pour it into your Instant Pot. This deglazes it and allows you to loosen anything left behind from browning your meat, keeping all the flavor in your stew.
I like to mix my seasonings/herbs into the broth so that I can break up any lumps. Add your rosemary, thyme, garlic powder, and salt to your broth and whisk until blended.
Next, add all of your meat and veggies into the pot. Pour the beef broth over top. The broth does not have to cover your meat and veggies for it to cook, which is one of the great things about a pressure cooker.
Add Some Pressure
Place the lid on your Instant Pot and be sure your vent is closed. Select meat/stew, adjust your temperature to high or ‘more’ and set the timer to 32 minutes – yes that’s all it takes to cook!
It’s amazing that you can get the same great taste and tenderness as if you had been slow cooking the stew all day.
When your timer goes off after 32 minutes, allow the Instant Pot to do a natural steam release for 15 minutes.
Speaking from experience, if you do not allow the natural release and set your vent to quick release, you risk burning your hand from the steam and risk your liquid (in this case broth) to spew out the opening. It makes quite the mess if you have a lot of liquid in your pot.
Make a Slurry
It is time to make your slurry. This allows you to thicken your stew. In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons cornstarch and a 1/4 cup of water. Add to the Instant Pot while hot and stir until the stew thickens.
Try these other soup favorites!
- Chicken Noodle Soup
- Creamy Loaded Potato Soup
- Easy Lobster Bisque
- Garlic Bread Soup
- Shrimp & Sausage Gumbo