This Instant Pot Beef Stew recipe is an easy, comforting dinner that’s quick to put together in the pressure cooker! With plenty of vegetables, tender beef and the best gravy you’ll ever taste.
I kind of love it when the weather gets cool and stew-appropriate. That’s a thing, right??
I like nothing more than taking classing comfort foods and turning them into healthier, modern, foolproof family recipes. I believe in sugar and butter in my desserts and in veggies in my dinner. But I also believe a plain salad is not an appropriate meal.
I mean, I HAVE plenty of spinach salad recipes. But people, they are SIDES for spring and summer 😉
And for all of those reasons, I actually really love stew weather. I can’t wait for the first snow (I’m worse than my kids, ha!). And I have my slow cooker and instant pot running non-stop to make all sorts of healthier comfort food.
This Instant Pot Beef Stew is actually nothing else but my insanely popular Slow Cooker Beef Stew. It was born out of necessity when I had kind of forgotten about thawing the meat… And decided to try this stew in the pressure cooker. Huge success, hooray!
Tips for making this Instant Pot Beef Stew:
- Please don’t go out and spend a ton of money on expensive meat when you make this stew! I usually take the cheapest cut for this. The instant pot will tenderize it in now time at all!
- You can technically skip browning the meat if you’re short on time, but it will have a big impact on the final taste. I do recommend taking the extra 10 minutes to follow the recipe’s instructions.
- I have a pretty old-school 6-quart DUO instant pot (this is an affiliate link and I earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase) and that’s what I use to test my instant pot recipes. Please check your own instant pot for liquid requirements and cooking times to make sure the recipe turn out right for you.
- If you’re not a fan of soft veggies: I’m not going to lie. Vegetables cook fast in the instant pot, and they will be soft all the way after 45 minutes or so under pressure. It’s an extra step (so I do not usually bother), but for the sake of recipe testing I have tried this three ways:
- Adding the veggies for the entire cooking time: Everything will be soft, but not disintegrated.
- Adding the veggies for the last 15 minutes, only: The veggies will be cooked pretty much on point, but it is a small extra step, and you’ll lose some time bringing the pressure down, and then bringing it back up.
- Cooking the vegetables separately on the stove, then adding them once the meat is done cooking: Huge extra hassle, less flavor in the gravy, thinner gravy (the potatoes help thicken), BUT you get to cook the vegetables exactly to your liking.
Personally, I always add the veggies for the entire cooking process… Since they are part of a stew, I don’t mind them being super soft. AND I’m a hater of any and all extra steps I can prevent, ha!
Get the printable recipe here:
For the meat:
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1.5 pounds beef stewing meat, cubed
- 2 tablespoons flour
For the gravy:
- 2 large yellow onions, cut into wedges
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 4 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1/3 cup dry red wine, OR use more stock
- 2 cups beef stock
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup OR brown sugar
- Salt and pepper, to taste
For the vegetables:
- 1/2 pound waxy potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
- 4 large carrots, peeled, ends trimmed and cut into chunks
- 4 large celery sticks, trimmed and thickly sliced
- 8 ounces brown button mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
- 1/2 cup frozen peas, no need to defrost
- Brown the meat: Set the instant pot to sauté. Heat the oil in it. Add the beef cubes and stir. Sprinkle the flour over the meat and stir well. Cook until the beef is browned on all sides. If the instant pot gets too hot, adjust the heat to medium.
- Start the gravy: Add the onions and cook until starting to brown. Stir in the garlic, Italian seasoning and tomato paste and cook, stirring constantly, until the herbs are fragrant, about 30 seconds. Pour the red wine into the pan, scratching the browned bits off the bottom. (Make sure you catch EVERYTHING, or your instant pot will give you the burn warning! If you're unsure, you can do the previous steps in a large skillet on the stove and then transfer everything to the Instant Pot.) Cook until thickened, about 1 minute. Stir in the stock, Worcestershire sauce, maple syrup, salt and pepper.
- Cook: Add the potatoes, carrots, celery and mushrooms to the instant pot. Stir very well. Close the lid on the Instant Pot and set the steam valve to "sealing". Press the "meat/stew" button. Once cooking time is up, allow a natural pressure release (just leave the instant pot alone until it's safe to open).
- Finish: Once the pressure has released, open the instant pot. Stir well and check for seasoning and consistency. Set the Instant Pot to sauté and add the peas. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. If the gravy is too thin for your liking, add a slurry of 1-2 teaspoons cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water. Stir well and simmer until thickened.