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Easy Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe

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Perfect for cold winter nights when you’re craving for some comfort food, here’s a delicious Instant Pot beef stew recipe to try. 

You might also want to try our Instant Pot Irish Beef Stew.

instant pot beef stew recipe

Fall and winter months are all about comfort foods, and this one’s a super simple and easy recipe to try out when you’re wondering what to cook for dinner.

You’ll need just a few ingredients and your instant pot, and you’ll end up with a super delicious meal to dig right into. 

Ready to give it a shot? Read on to discover answers to some common queries you might have, followed by the ingredients and the recipe. 

How Do I Make my Instant Pot Beef Stew recipe Tender?

Beef stew is one of those recipes that takes its own sweet time to cook. If you try to rush the process, you’ll end up with meat that’s super tough and chewy.

Of course, using the right cut of meat also makes a difference, but so does cooking it for the right amount of time.

Allow the meat to cook as much as possible, while keeping the flame low. 

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What Should I Do to Thicken My Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe?

If your beef stew has turned out a bit more runny than you’d like, you can always thicken it by adding a bit of flour, and giving it a nice stir. Flour can thicken your stew and lend it that incredible consistency. 

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How Can I Make the Stew More Flavorful?

One of the best ways to ensure that your beef stew is super flavorful is to never forget to sear the meat chunks.

Browning the meat from all sides is an incredibly important part of the recipe that most people tend to ignore, possibly in an attempt to speed up the process.

When you sear the meat, your stew will turn out to have an incredible depth of flavor. 

Plus, you can also sprinkle some herbs and spices to add some more flavor to your stew- oregano, rosemary, paprika, parsley, basil etc are good options. 

Why Are My Veggies Mushy?

A common mistake lots of people tend to make while cooking beef stew is that they add the veggies in along with the meat, not realizing that meat and veggies both need different cooking times.

Ideally, it is best to add the veggies into the mix after the meat is almost halfway done.

That way, the veggies won’t get overcooked and mushy and will retain just the right texture. Carrots, green peas, turnips and potatoes are some excellent veggie options to consider. 

Once you’re done serve the stew with some bread on the side or some egg noodles if you have them- you can use them to mop up all the extra gravy that’s left after you’ve finished your bowl. 


Yield: 6 servings

Instant Pot Beef Stew

Instant Pot Beef Stew

Perfect for those cold winter nights when you’re craving for some comfort food to indulge in, here’s a delicious Instant Pot Beef Stew recipe to try out.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  1. Place instant pot on saute mode. Add in olive oil, stew beef, and onion. Saute until meat is lightly browned on the outside.
  2. Turn off saute mode. Add in carrots, diced celery, and diced potatoes. Pour in beef broth. Pour in water. Add in salt, pepper, garlic, and bay leaves. Stir well.
  3. Place lid on the instant pot. Set valve to the sealed position. Set high pressure or manual to 40 minutes. After the instant pot stops counting release pressure. Serve!



  • Can my dog eat Beef Stew? If you want to spoil your four-legged friend with this recipe, you must eliminate the garlic and onion. Avoid feeding your dog meat seasoned with onion or garlic, as they are toxic to your best four-legged friend.
  • Can my cat eat Beef Stew? Yes, your cat can eat this Beef Stew! But first, all you have to do is remove the onion and garlic from this recipe and it will be the right one for your pet. It is important that you do not give food seasoned with garlic and onion to your furry friend, since both ingredients are toxic to them.

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 413Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 150mgSodium 1397mgCarbohydrates 22gFiber 3gSugar 2gProtein 53g

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