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Instant Pot Beef Stew is filled with delicious beef and tender veggies. It is hearty, filling, and a family favorite dinner that requires minimal hands-on effort!

A small bowl filled with instant pot beef stew.

Did anyone else feel slightly pressured into the instant pot craze? People all around us could not stop talking about it and were just raving about how much it simplified and sped up dinner. We confess, we did not jump on that bandwagon right away. Looking back, we wish we would have! Think of all of the hours we could have saved in the kitchen! While we were slow to discover the joy of instant pot cooking, we now absolutely love instant pot meals. You save so much time without sacrificing any flavor whatsoever! This recipe for instant pot beef stew is a family favorite dinner that we can feel good about! 

Tomato Paste:

When a recipe like this calls for such a small amount of tomato paste, we opt to stick with the tubes rather than cans. You can use a smaller amount without wasting the rest of a can! You should be able to find tubes of tomato paste right next to the cans in your local grocery store.

Veggies in Instant Pot Beef Stew:

We love a variety of veggies in our beef stew, but you can always omit anything necessary or substitute in with any other favorite veggies! The best part of stew is that it is easily customizable. However, make sure that you stick with red or golden potatoes. Russets will just turn to mush due to their starch content.

Worcestershire Sauce Substitute:

If you have a shellfish allergy, we know that Worcestershire sauce has to be avoided. You can always substitute with 1/4 cup additional beef broth. 

Slow Cooker Instructions: 

We realize that not everyone loves the instant pot as much as we do. If you prefer the slow cooker, this is easily adaptable! Simply follow steps 1 and 2 on your stovetop before pouring everything besides that cornstarch slurry into your slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Follow step 5 to create a cornstarch slurry. Add to stew and cook another 30 minutes, until thickened.

Stovetop Instructions:

If you prefer to make this on the stovetop, it will simply need to simmer for a longer time than the instant pot. After searing your beef and cooking tomato paste and garlic, and the veggies and spices to the pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 90 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in the cornstarch slurry and pour the mixture into the stew. Stir over low heat until stew thickens.

Beef stew in an instant pot.

Storage and Reheating Instructions: 

Store any leftovers into an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat in a saucepan on the stovetop over medium-low heat until warmed through. 

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A small bowl filled with instant pot beef stew.
Instant Pot Beef Stew is filled with delicious beef and tender veggies. It is hearty, filling, and a family favorite dinner that requires minimal hands-on effort!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat (cubed chuck roast)
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 pounds red potatoes cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 10 ounces pearl onions
  • 4 carrots peeled and sliced
  • 4 celery ribs sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • Dust beef stew meat with 2 tablespoons cornstarch and season with salt and black pepper. Using the "saute/browning" setting on your pressure cooker, heat the olive oil. Add beef stew meat, and sear until all sides are browned, about 5 minutes
  • Add in minced garlic and tomato paste and cook 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.
  • Still using the saute setting, pour in the beef broth and worcestershire sauce to deglaze the pot. Add red potatoes, pearl onions, carrots, and celery. Season with salt, sugar, parsley, paprika, oregano, basil, black pepper, and allspice.
  • Turn off the saute setting, secure the lid and cook on high pressure for 60 minutes with a 15 minute natural release. Then switch the valve to the venting position. Carefully remove lid once it is completely vented.
  • In a small bowl, mix together remaining 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 1/4 cup cold water. Stir until completely dissolved.
  • Using the sauté setting, pour the cornstarch slurry into the pot and stir. Let it simmer for 10-20 minutes until sauce thickens.
  • Season with more salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.
If you have an option to set the saute to a low setting, do so for the final corn starch step. 


Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 970mg | Potassium: 1149mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5315IU | Vitamin C: 14.6mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 4.1mg
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beef Stew
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