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beef stew recipe instant pot

Instant Pot Beef Stew

Instant Pot Beef Stew is a delicious and easy dinner recipe that tastes every bit as good as grandma's, but so much easier! Just toss and go.
Course dinner, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American, Irish
Keyword beef, carrots, instant pot, potatoes, pressure cooker, stew
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Natural Release 30 minutes
Servings 8


  • 2 lbs beef stew meat - cut into 1-2" pieces
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 8 cups beef broth
  • 12 small red potatoes - washed and cut into quarters
  • 3 medium carrots - peeled and sliced
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp minced onions
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic


  • Combine the cubed stew meat in a bowl with the flour. Toss to coat.
  • Set the Instant Pot to saute. Once hot, add the flour-coated meat along with the butter.
  • Brown the meat, turning only a handful of times until all of the pieces are just browned.
  • Add the broth and then scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon to deglaze - this helps make sure the pot can come to proper pressure.
  • Turn off the saute setting and then add the potatoes, carrots, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, minced onions, and garlic. Stir.
  • Put on the lid and set the valve to sealing. Cook on manual high for 40 minutes.
  • Once the cooking time is done - allow for a natural pressure release for 30 minutes, then do a quick release of any remaining pressure.
  • Carefully remove the lid, and then check the tenderness of the meat. It should be falling apart and the vegetables should be "fork-tender".
  • Stir the stew again before serving.


If you want this SUPER MEATY - I have increased the weight of the stew meat to 5-6 pounds and left all of the other ingredients and cooking time the same. It turned out fantastic!
Feel free to add salt and pepper if desired - but do a taste test first. I have found that the broth adds plenty of flavor without the need for added salt.