Instant Pot Beef Stew is the perfect comfort food for winter! This warm and hearty soup is ready in an hour and is sure to become a family favorite!
My family loves a warm, hearty soup on a cold winter night. This Instant Pot Beef Stew is so easy to put together. Just like these Instant Pot pork chops, it’s perfect for busy weeknight meals, and you’ll have your family going to bed with full bellies.
INSTANT POT BEEF STEW
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We love using our Instant Pot! If you’re new to the appliance, it can be a little tricky at first, but it quickly became my most used kitchen gadget. We love using it for quickly cooking tender beef and one-pot meals in no time.
This Instant Pot beef stew recipe is one of my favorites to make, mostly because I love a one-pot recipe. I’ll do anything to save a few dishes at the end of the night. You can brown the beef stew meat and make the stew all in the Instant Pot!
Beef Stew Ingredients
STEW MEAT: You can buy pre-cut stew meat for this recipe or cut up your own beef chuck roast. You want a cheaper cut of beef for a stew for the best flavor!
VEGGIES: I love adding tons of vegetables to this hearty stew. Use it as an excuse to clean out your produce drawer! I usually add yellow potatoes, mushrooms, onions, and carrots. You can even throw in some frozen peas once everything is done and stir until they’re warmed through.
BEEF BROTH: I dress up this beef broth-based soup with Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, and beef bullion.
You can always make this Instant Pot beef stew recipe with red wine, too! Just add 1/4 cup of a dry red to the mix with the broth for a deeper flavor. And it’s still kid-friendly, I swear.
How Long to Cook Beef Stew in the Instant Pot
Beef stew takes hours on the stovetop to get super tender. But how long does it take to make beef stew in an Instant Pot?
I set my Instant Pot timer for about 35 minutes. However, it takes about an hour in total.
The Instant Pot has to come up to high pressure, which takes about 15 minutes. You also quick release the pressure after letting the Instant Pot naturally release for 10 minutes.
It’s still so much faster than making beef stew on the stovetop for most of the day. Stew is officially an easy weeknight meal!
How to Make Beef Stew in an Instant Pot
- First, brown the roast on all sides in melted butter in the Instant Pot on sauté mode. All those brown bits on the bottom of the pot are going to make your stew extra tasty!
- Then, add the garlic, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, and carrots and cover it all in beef broth.
- Now, mix in the Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, better than bullion, rosemary, and a little salt and pepper.
- Set the Instant Pot to the Meat or Stew function and set the timer for 35 minutes. When the timer goes off, let it naturally release for about 10 minutes. Then, you can quick release the pressure. Be careful!
- Then check the taste, and season with salt and pepper if you think it needs some. That’s it! Ladle the stew into bowls and enjoy!
The meat should be super tender and easy to shred with a fork when it’s done. Give it a good stir before dishing out bowls of the best Instant Pot beef stew ever.
Is Pot Roast Good for Stew?
I always have some pre-cut stew meat in my freezer for a quick stew.
If you can’t find stew meat at the grocery store, look for a chuck roast or shoulder roast. I prefer the flavor of chuck, which is also often used for ground beef.
You tend to use the same cuts for pot roast and beef stew. You want a cheaper cut when it’s a low and slow cook time. Or, in this case, in a pressure cooker!
Other meats that can be used are: Bottom Round Roast, Rump Roast, or English Roast.
I love pot roast in the Instant pot, too. It’s just as tender as cooking in the oven or using slow cooker but super speedy takes to pressure cooking!
More Instant Pot Recipes
- Instant Pot Chicken Chili
- Instant Pot Whole Chicken
- Mashed Potatoes in the Instant Pot
- Instant Pot Wendy’s Copycat Chili
- Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup
- More DINNER recipes…
Tools Used to Make this Instant Pot Beef Stew recipe
Instant Pot: This all-in-one cooker is the best thing I’ve put on my countertop! It’s a pressure cooker, slow cooker, makes rice in minutes, and more!
Bowls: I love serving my stews and soups in these colorful geometric and floral patterns, they add so much character to my weeknight meals.
*This post originally published on 12/31/2018.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 pound stew meat or beef chuck cut into 1-inch cubes
- 4 Yukon Gold potatoes cubed
- 1 1/2 cups mushrooms sliced
- 1 onion cut into 1-inch chunks
- 2 carrots cut into 1-inch chunks
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 3 cups beef broth
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon Better than Bouillon Beef Base
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- Turn on your Instant Pot and select Sauté function.
- Melt butter and cook beef until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Turn off Sauté function.
- Add potatoes, mushrooms, onion, carrots, and garlic; cover with beef broth.
- Stir in Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, better than bouillon, salt, pepper, and rosemary. Close and lock the lid.
- Select Meat/Stew function and set a timer for 35 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for the pressure to build.
- Release pressure using the natural-release method. You can quick release after 10 minutes.