Sandy's Instant Pot Beef Stew is a weeknight dinner game changer. This is a dump and start Instant Pot recipe. It is a simple, delicious pressure cooker beef stew with great flavor.
Sandy's Instant Pot Beef Stew
There are lots of different ways to make beef stew. I think the pressure cooker is a great way to cook the meat, vegetables, and tasty sauce all together and have an easy dinner in about an hour.
Sometimes you are in a hurry to get dinner on the table. Sometimes you need to take a shortcut. Sandy's Instant Pot Beef Stew is a dump and start Instant Pot recipe, which means that you do not have to brown the meat first.
I mean, you can if you want, and it will be great, but you will still get a rich and delicious beef stew without doing so.
It will also save you some time, which on a weeknight is awesome!
Sandy's Instant Pot Beef Stew is one of those recipes that you will go back to because it is so easy & tasty.
Even if you it is warm where you live, making this beef stew in your Instant Pot will be not only fast, but it won't heat up your kitchen!
Winner winner, beef stew dinner! I am really excited about this recipe. I can't wait for you to try it. Total comfort food.
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Sandy's Instant Pot Beef Stew is rich, delicious, and easy! No browning of the meat required!
- 2 cups Beef or Chicken Broth, low sodium
- ½ cup Red Wine, whatever you like to drink (or more broth)
- 2 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
- 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 ½ lbs Chuck Roast, cut in 1 ½ inch cubes
- 1 Large Onion, cut in 1 inch pieces
- 3 Cloves Garlic, minced
- 2 Ribs Celery, chopped in 1 inch pieces
- 4 Carrots, cut in 1 inch pieces
- 8oz Small Crimini Mushrooms
- 4 Potatoes, cut in 1 ½ inch chunks
- 3 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
- 1 Sprig Fresh Rosemary
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 1 ½ tsp Kosher Salt
- 1 tsp Sugar
- 3 Tbsp Tomato Paste
- 3 Tbsp Flour
- 3 Tbsps Butter, softened
Make sure the stainless inner liner is in the base and add the broth, wine, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir well.
Add all other ingredients, except for the thickener and tomato paste, to the pot. Stir. See note about browning the meat*.
Add the tomato paste but do not stir it in. Just let it sit on top of the other ingredients.
Put the lid on the pot and seal the vent.
Press the Pressure Cook (Manual) button, then the +/- button to select 35 minutes.
This is a full pot, and will take several minutes to come to pressure.
After cooking cycle ends, let the pressure Naturally Release for 15 minutes.
Manually release the remaining pressure. Do this in short bursts as a full release at this point will have the hot stew spewing out of the steam release knob and all over your kitchen (don’t ask me how I know this!).
Once all steam/pressure is out of the pot and the pin in the lid drops down, open the lid carefully, facing it away from you.
Use a slotted spoon to transfer Stew, but not the liquid, to a large serving bowl.
Press the Sauté button on the pot.
Mix the flour and butter together for thickening. You might need to microwave the butter for 5 seconds to soften it.
When the liquid starts to simmer, whisk in the thickener and cook a couple of minutes, stirring constantly, until it starts to thicken. If not thick enough, just make another batch of flour/butter, 1 Tbsp at a time, and stir in to the simmering liquid.
Add the meat and veggies back into the pot and serve immediately.
*If you want to brown the meat first, just toss the beef cubes in flour, set the pot to Sauté, add some vegetable oil, and brown all sides of the meat before continuing.
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Post originally published 8/13/17
Delicious! I browned the meat first but I used top round instead of Chuck roast, which I think was a mistake, as the meat was a little tough. The veggies and gravy were excellent- my husband can’t wait for me to make it again! Served corn bread on the side.
Hi Sandy, i hope I didn’t inadvertently miss this, would I be able to use dry herbs vs fresh. If so, how would I be able to convert it
Yes, just use about 1/2 tsp of thyme leaves (not ground). You can also use Italian seasoning, about 1 tsp.
The recipe doesn't specify the Instant Pot setting. Step 5 says Pressure Cook (Manual) button 35 minutes. Is this on high pressure? Thanks!
Can you skip the tomato paste?
You can, it will be a little less rich, and a bit thinner.
Absolutely delicious! I did coat the beef in flour and seared it first. This is one of my favorite recipes!
could you please let us know if you are using a 3qt or 6qt. I have a 3qt. should i cut the recipe in half for the beef stew
This is for a 6 qt. You can cut the recipe in half, keeping the cook time the same, for a 3 qt.