No need to have a big pot of beef stew simmering all day when you can have Instant Pot Beef Stew ready in 45 minutes! The beef is so tender it just falls apart and melts in your mouth – my favorite.
Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe
I think I can devour a bowl of beef stew all year long. It’s one of my favorite comforting meals and is so filling! I love how a tasty beef stew always starts with fresh, quality ingredients that are so simple to find and most already have on hand. If you are someone who loves hands-off recipes without sacrificing the flavor of a simple dish, then you are going to love this beef stew recipe.
This Instant Pot beef stew recipe is also perfect for an incredibly easy Sunday supper the whole family will enjoy. Everyone typically comes back for another bowl or two, I know I do! If your family loves a non-traditional beef stew, I recommend trying my Barbecue Beef Stew!
One of my other favorite recipes I have made recently in my Instant Pot is Instant Pot Greek Lemon Soup. It’s so good and healthy!
Tips on making this instant pot beef stew
I have made quite a bit of beef stews because they are so good, so I thought I would share some of my favorites tips with you to create the best homemade beef stew!
- Brown your beef, but only brown half. Browning your beef adds a lot of flavor to the beef stew, but I like to brown half to get the flavor but browning makes your meat chunks tougher, and you are already using a tougher cut of meat.
- Use sturdy potatoes. I love using baby Yukon gold potatoes because they are the cutest and they hold their shape well. No need to peel them either.
- Deglaze your instant pot after browning your meat chunks. It’s a must for everything because that is flavor!
Can I make this beef stew in the crockpot?
If this beef stew recipe can be made in your Instant Pot, then, of course, it can be made in your slow cooker!
You will want to brown your meat in a dutch oven or a skillet. Remove the meat and add it to your slow cooker. Pour the stock into the hot dutch oven or skillet and stir to loosen any browned bits. You will then want to add the liquid gold a.k.a the broth mixture to your slow cooker. Then add the vegetables, spices, and seasonings to your slow cooker and set it on low for 7-8 hours.
My favorite tools for making homemade beef stew:
- Instant Pot. This is one I love and use almost every single day. Not even kidding!
- Better Than Bouillon. This base is fantastic and adds so much extra flavor.
- Pyrex bowls. Must always have a heavy-duty mixing bowl around and these are my favorite.
No need to have a big pot of beef stew simmering all day when you can have Instant Pot Beef Stew ready in 45 minutes! The beef is so tender it just falls apart and melts in your mouth - my favorite.
- 2 lbs boneless chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 1-2 inch pieces
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 6 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp butter
- 4 cups beef broth*
- 1 medium yellow onion finely diced
- 5 garlic cloves minced
- 3 medium carrots peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 lb baby yukon gold potatoes quartered
- 8 oz mushrooms quartered
- 1 1/2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 sprig of thyme leaves removed
- parsley to garnish (optional)
In a medium mixing bowl add the chuck roast, salt, pepper, and flour and mix making sure all pieces of the beef are coated.
Select the "saute" setting on the Instant Pot and let heat until the label reads "hot".
Add the butter to the Instant Pot and allow it to melt, once melted add 1/2 of the coated beef into the Instant Pot and saute on each side for 1-2 minutes, or until browned.
Add the beef stock to the Instant Pot and stir to get all of the browned bits off the bottom. Press "cancel" on Instant Pot and turn off saute mode.
Add the onions, garlic, carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, tomato paste, and thyme to the Instant Pot and stir to combine. Cover with lid.
Select "manual" on the Instant Pot and set to 35 minutes.
Once time is up let the pressure come down naturally. Stir and allow the beef stew to cool for 5-10 minutes and season with salt and pepper.
I like to use Better Than Bouillon base because it adds a lot of flavor. Mix together 1 tsp with every 1 cup of water. You may have to add a little less salt.