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Ready in an hour from start to finish, this Instant Pot Beef Stew tastes like it's been simmered all day long! Weeknights just got a little bit yummier. :)

Instant Pot Beef Stew

A hearty beef stew that tastes like it’s been simmered all day long.. but ready in an hour from start to finish?

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Mmmm I just love a big ol’ bowl of hearty beef stew.. anyone else? What I don’t love? When the crave hits but I’ve got 100 million things to do and don’t have time to hang around the house while my stew sits in the oven all day long. 

Insert: Instant Pot Beef Stew! 

I’m so excited about my instant pot, I’ve basically been using it every single day since I bought it. I honestly didn’t believe something could be cooked in such a short time and actually taste like it’s been simmered all day long.. You can imagine my excitement the first time I tried a soup after only 20 minutes of cook time… WOW, SO YUMMY!

Now I’m not limited when I’m short on time if I have a serious crave for soup or stew.

What is your favourite slow cooked dish? Mine is probably ribs… can’t wait to test those out in my instant pot!

This stew is crazy delicious, super easy to throw together and nice and hearty for chilly afternoons or cozy evenings. I hope you love it as much as my family and I do!

Ready in an hour from start to finish, this Instant Pot Beef Stew tastes like it's been simmered all day long! Weeknights just got a little bit yummier. :)

What is in this Instant Pot Beef Stew?

This Instant Pot Beef Stew has simple ingredients for an easy yet delicious dish. 

I has chunks of beef, onion, celery, carrots, potatoes, garlic, thyme, rosemary, salt, pepper, diced tomatoes, red wine and beef stock.

How do you make Instant Pot Beef Stew

I always start by sautéing my beef and veggies because I believe it brings out so much more flavour. If you are super short on time, you can save yourself about 10 minutes buy simply tossing everything together and skipping the sauté step, however, if you have the 10 to spare, I highly recommend you don’t skip.

Set your instant pot to the sauté mode and add a touch of oil. Toss the beef with salt and pepper and add to the pot once the oil is hot. Once the beef has browned remove the meat from the pot.

Add a touch more oil to the pot and chop up the onion and celery. Sauté in the hot oil until the onion has become translucent.

While the beef then onions and celery are frying, chop the carrots, potatoes and press the garlic.

Scrape the onions out of the pot then shut the machine off. Deglaze the pot by pouring in 1/2 cup beef broth and scraping all of the blackened bits off the bottom with a wooden spoon.

It’s important to get all of the bits off otherwise you run the risk of getting the dreaded BURN message. When this happens your Instant Pot Beef Stew won’t reach high pressure. You’d have to empty the contents, wash your pot, then try again. Annoying right? Let’s make sure all the bits have been removed 😉

Toss the seared beef with the onions, celery, rosemary, thyme and garlic, then dump back into the pot with the 1/2 cup juices. Without stirring, add the carrots, potatoes, diced tomatoes, red wine then remaining beef stock. 

You’re ready to turn it onto the pressure cook setting!

How long do you cook beef stew in instant pot?

Instant Pot Beef Stew pressure cooks for 25 minutes then naturally releases for 15. Here’s how it’s done:

Attach the lid securely then turn the steam valve to the sealing position. Using the Pressure Cook setting or Manual (depending on your model), cook for 25 minutes at high pressure. Allow the Instant Pot to naturally release for 15 minutes, then very carefully quick release the remaining steam.

How do you thicken instant pot stew?

Instant Pot Beef stew should be decently thick once it’s done cooking. If not, it can easily be thickened! 

It’s not a good idea to add any sort of thickening agent to the instant pot before it’s gone through it’s pressure cycle. Instead, it can be adding after it’s done. Here’s how:

Mix cornstarch with cold water then mix into the Instant Pot Beef Stew. Turn the instant pot to sauté and cook until the stew thickens. It should only take a minute or two.

Ready in an hour from start to finish, this Instant Pot Beef Stew tastes like it's been simmered all day long! Weeknights just got a little bit yummier. :)

What goes with Instant Pot Beef 
Stew?

There are so many delicious sides you can pair with this Instant Pot Beef Stew. Here is a list of my favourites:

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Instant Pot Beef Stew

Ready in an hour from start to finish, this Instant Pot Beef Stew tastes like it’s been simmered all day long! Weeknights just got a little bit yummier. 🙂
Course Main Course
Cuisine Canadian
Keyword instant pot beef stew
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 6 people
Author Aleta

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil divided
  • 1.5 lbs stew beef
  • 1.5 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1 medium white or yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1.5 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 3 medium russet potatoes
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup red wine

Optional

  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp cold water

Instructions

Equipment Needed

Directions

  • Set the instant pot to the sauté mode and add 1 tbsp oil. Toss the beef with salt and pepper and add to the pot once the oil is hot. Once the beef has browned remove from the pot.
  • Add 1 tbsp oil to the pot, chop up the onion and celery then sauté in the hot oil until the onion has become translucent. 
  • While the beef then onions and celery are frying, chop the carrots, potatoes and press the garlic.
  • Scrape the onions out of the pot then shut the machine off. Deglaze the pot by pouring in 1/2 cup beef broth and scraping all of the blackened bits off the bottom with a wooden spoon.
  • Toss the seared beef with the onions, celery, rosemary, thyme and garlic, then dump back into the pot with the 1/2 cup juices. Without stirring, add the carrots, potatoes, diced tomatoes, red wine then remaining beef stock
  • Attach the lid securely then turn the steam valve to the sealing position. Using the Pressure Cook setting or Manual (depending on your model), cook for 25 minutes at high pressure. Allow the Instant Pot to naturally release for 15 minutes, then very carefully quick release the remaining steam. Once all of the steam has been released it’s safe to open the lid, stir the stew and serve!

Optional

  • If the stew is thin it can easily be thickened. Mix the cold water and cornstarch then stir into the stew. Turn the instant pot on to Sauté and cook while stirring until the stew thickens, a couple of minutes.

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