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Instant Pot Beef Stew

When you think about beef stew, you probably think about a pot slow simmering for hours and hours. Right? Well, this beef stew recipe takes just a fraction of the time, but still has that amazing homestyle slow cooked taste you’re looking for! And it couldn’t be any easier! 

A close up image of a white soup bowl full of instant pot beef stew on a red checkered towel.

Most of the time my recipes don’t have a “story” that go along with them, it’s just stuff I like to eat. This beef stew recipe does though. My husband was hosting a “guys weekend” for he and some friends and I’d mentioned the week before that I’d make them beef stew if they wanted. Two hours before it was time for them to get here my husband was like,” You’re still making us beef stew right?” And so I figured out a way to get it done.

My favorite thing to serve with this is Honey Beer Bread. Easy, hearty and delicious all the way around.

This is a super easy instant pot recipe! Perfect if you’re just starting out and overwhelmed by it all.

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Step by step how to make it:

Cubed stew beef is browned in oil in the instant pot.

Step 1. Turn the instant pot to saute and add the oil. Brown the stew beef in small batches for the best results. Don’t have time to brown the beef? See the note below. 

Potatoes, carrots, and pearl onions are added to the instant pot.

Step 2: Season the beef with salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and garlic. 

Step 3: Deglaze the instant pot by adding the red wine and scraping the bottom of the pot to remove any browned bits of meat. Press the cancel/keep warm button. 

The remaining ingredients are added.

Step 4: Add the rest of the remaining ingredients except for the cornstarch and water. Seal it up and cook on manual for 35 minutes. 

After the instant pot beef stew has cooked, a cornstarch slurry is stirred in to help it thicken up.

Step 5: After the timer goes off, let the instant pot sit for 10 minutes before switching the vent seal to release the steam. 

Step 6: Stir in the cornstarch slurry until the stew has thickened and then serve. 

Two bowls of beef stew on a red checkered cloth with saltine crackers.
Can you make instant pot beef stew without searing your meat? 

Absolutely. Searing the meat does add a lot of flavor to the finished stew though, so I recommend it. 

Can this recipe be doubled?

Yes, just make sure you don’t exceed the max fill line on your instant pot. 

My veggies fell apart. What can I do to prevent that?

Make sure your veggies are cut into larger chunks. Leaving the skin on your potatoes can also help them hold their form better. 

Can this stew be frozen?

Yes, beef stew freezes well and can be kept in the freezer for up to 3 months. Just be sure to thaw it completely before reheating and reheat your stew on low heat.

What if I don’t have wine?

Substitute low sodium beef broth, stock or even veggie broth instead. But, be aware that it will change the depth of flavor of the stew. Wine adds a lot to the complexity of the flavor of the stew! 

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Instant Pot Beef Stew

Instant Pot Beef Stew

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Additional Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Rich and flavorful instant pot beef stew recipe takes just a fraction of the time, but still has that amazing homestyle slow cooked taste you’re looking for!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds cubed stew beef
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1/2 (14 ounce) bag frozen pearl onions
  • 1 pound carrots, sliced
  • 4 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can beef consomme
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can tomato soup
  • 1/2 cup water

For the slurry

  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons cold water

Instructions

1. Add the olive oil to the bottom of the Instant Pot and turn to the Saute function. Add the cubed beef in small batches and brown the beef on all sides.*

2. Add the salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and garlic to the Instant Pot and stir to coat and season the meat.

3. Next add the red wine* and deglaze the instant pot by scraping the browned bits of meat off the bottom of the pan. Press the cancel/keep warm button.

4. Add the remaining stew ingredients except for the slurry and stir to combine. Place the lid on the instant pot, making sure the vent is set to sealing.

5. Cook on Manual pressure for 35 minutes, then let it natural release steam for 10 minutes before opening the valve to do a quick release of any remaining steam. You may want to place a washrag over the top of the vent when releasing to prevent any extra liquids coming out with the steam.

6. Make the slurry by combining the water and cornstarch and gently stir it into the hot beef stew until it has thickened.

Notes

1. If you don't have time, you can skip Step 1 and not brown your meat.

2. If you don't have red wine, try substituting low sodium beef stock.

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Carolyn

Tuesday 16th of February 2021

Mi Seon, thank you for this recipe. The photos inspire you to make it and eat it because it looks so good. Unfortunately I don't own the cooking pot you used. Could I cook it successfully in a fan forced oven Or a slow cooker, or even a microwave. Your advice would be very welcome please

Mi Seon CROPPER

Monday 1st of February 2021

Beef stew is my ultimate winter comfort food but I have never been able to get a good recipe, UNTIL NOW. I enjoyed bowls of this deliciousness. Thank you for such easy to follow recipes!

Amy D

Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

Mi Seon,

I'm so glad you enjoyed the stew, it's one of my personal favorites in the winter too. I agree with you, there's just nothing quite as comforting when there's snow on the ground. I'm so glad you're finding recipes you enjoy and that they've been easy to follow!! Amy D.

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