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Best Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe

Thick and hearty Beef Stew Recipe

This is the BEST Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe! Filled with tender chunks of beef and potatoes in a thick gravy, made in a fraction of the time.

Serve this stew with my Homemade Rolls for the perfect comfort meal. 

Super easy Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe

No dried out beef in this deliciously easy beef stew recipe! We’re using chuck roast in the instant pot to make it ultra tender and easily falls apart… you’ll be blow away!

Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe

Using the pressure cooker allows you to have the classic beef stew recipe in a fraction of the time, with optimal results. 

Ingredients Needed

Here’s the basic list of ingredients you’ll need in order to make this Beef Stew in the Instant Pot. As always, you can find the full list of ingredients located in the recipe card below.

  • Chuck Roast or preferred cut of beef (see notes below)
  • Garlic – freshly minced
  • Onion
  • Beef Broth – low sodium
  • Tomato Paste
  • Worcestershire Sauce – gives the stew a nice savory punch
  • Baby Gold Potatoes
  • Baby Carrots
  • Celery
  • Thyme – fresh or dried
  • Bay Leaf
  • Frozen Peas – no need to thaw
  • Corn Starch – used to thicken the beef stewBest Beef for Beef Stew

How To Make Instant Pot Beef Stew

SEAR BEEF   Start by searing your chunks of beef in the pressure cooker to give them a nice golden brown crust. Remove the beef to a bowl and add some diced onion and garlic to the pot and sauté until tender.

ADD VEGETABLES   Deglaze the pot by adding in beef broth and then add in the remaining ingredients (diced potato, carrots, celery, tomato paste and the beef with any juices that collected at the bottom of the bowl).

Sear Beef Chunks in Instant Pot before making Beef Stew

PRESSURE COOK   Toss in some herbs and seal the pot. Cook on HIGH pressure for 35 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of natural pressure release before you release the pressure manually.

THICKEN STEW   Stir in a simple cornstarch slurry to thicken the gravy, then add in some frozen peas and cook until heated through.

Combine the easy Beef Stew Ingredients in the Instant Pot and cook on HIGH Pressure

What Is The Most Tender Meat For Beef Stew?

Beef Stew is typically cooked in the slow cooker to or stew pot for hours and hours on a low heat, which allows a tough cut of beef to become more tender. Using the pressure cooker cuts the time drastically, while still producing a tender beef (more tender in my opinion). Any of these cuts of beef can be used for beef stew:

  • Chuck Roast (this is my preferred, but you’ll want to trim as much fat as possible), Chuck, Chuck Shoulder, Top Chuck, Chuck-Eye Roast
  • Stew Meat
  • Bottom Round Roast, Rump Roast, Top Round
  • Pot Roast, English Roast

PRO TIP: When searing your beef in the instant pot, DON’T TOUCH IT! Let it sit for a good 3 to 5 minutes to achieve a nice golden brown crust. If you try to move it and it still sticks to the bottom, leave it alone until it pulls always effortlessly.

How Long for Beef Stew Instant Pot?

Beef Stew in the Instant Pot only takes 35 minutes on HIGH Pressure with a 15 minute NPR (natural pressure release).

The beef stew should only take a few minutes to reach pressure since the ingredients will already be warm from sautéing first.

After the 35 minutes is done counting down, leave the pot alone for 15 minutes (this is what Natural Pressure Release means), then after 15 minutes flip the valve to the open position and let the rest of the pressure release.

What Size Instant Pot Should I Use?

I get this question a lot! This recipe for beef stew was tested in an 8 quart instant pot, but should also work perfectly in a 6 quart Instant Pot. Anything smaller than that and you might need to adjust the amount of ingredients. 

If you don’t have an instant pot or pressure cooker, check out my Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe!

The BEST EVER Instant Pot Beef Stew

Can You Freeze Beef Stew?

Yes! You can easily freeze stew for up to 3 months. 

  • Let the beef stew come to room temperature, then ladle into gallon-size freezer bags.
  • Lay flat if possible in the freezer until stew is frozen, then you can store upright.
  • Let beef stew defrost in the fridge, then reheat on the stove top or microwave.

Since this recipe makes enough for 8 servings, we usually have plenty of leftovers. I like to freeze the leftovers in individual size bags so I can quickly heat up myself a bowl of beef stew for lunch!

What To Serve With Beef Stew

Beef stew is the ultimate comfort food. It’s like a warm hug on a chilly night. Here are a few of my favorite side dishes to serve with this cozy stew. 

Thick and hearty Beef Stew Recipe

You’re going to be making this super easy recipe for Beef Stew all winter long!

Thick and hearty Beef Stew Recipe

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Best Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe

This is the BEST Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe! Filled with tender chunks of beef and potatoes in a thick gravy, made in a fraction of the time.

Prep Time20 mins

Cook Time35 mins

Total Time55 mins

Course: Main Dish

Cuisine: American

Servings: 8

Calories: 355 kcal

Author: Shawn


  • 2 to 2.5 lbs. Chuck Roast, cut into bite-size pieces (trim fat)
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 4 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 lb. dutch baby gold potatoes, cubed
  • 1/2 lb. baby carrots, cut in half
  • 4 large stalks celery, cut into slices
  • 2 sprigs fresh Thyme, or 1 tsp dried
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 cup frozen peas


  • Season the beef chunks with salt and pepper to taste. Heat the Pressure cooker* to Sauté Mode and add the olive oil, enough to coat the bottom of the pot. Once hot, add the beef in an even layer (you may have to do this in batches). Let the beef cook until it forms a golden brown crust on all sides. Remove from pot to a bowl and set aside.

  • Add the onions and garlic to the pot and cook, until fragrant about 3 minutes. Stir in the beef broth and use a wooden spoon to gently scrape any stuck on bits from the bottom of the pot.

  • Add in the tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, potatoes, carrots, celery and beef (along with any collected juices from the bottom of the bowl). Place the thyme and bay leaf on top (do not stir) and close lid.

  • Set pressure cooker to HIGH pressure for 35 minutes (make sure the valve is set to the sealed position). After the 35 minutes is up, let the pressure cooker naturally release pressure for 15 minutes, then flip the valve and release any remaining pressure.

  • Remove the thyme leaves (if using fresh) and bay leaf and discard. Turn the pressure cooker to Sauté Mode. In a small bowl whisk together the cornstarch and water, creating a slurry. Pour into the beef stew and stir until the mixture begins to thicken.

  • Turn off heat and stir in the frozen peas until they’re heated through and enjoy!


*Recipe can be made in an 8 quart or 6 quart instant pot or pressure cooker.


Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 429mg | Potassium: 1113mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 4225IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 4mg

Keywords: Beef Stew, Comfort, Instant Pot, Pressure Cooker, Soup

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