Instant Pot Beef Stew:Tender beef and hearty vegetables in the most flavorful broth! Old fashioned comfort food made weeknight friendly.
It’s that time of year again. The leaves are falling, the air is crisp, and thoughts of hearty chilis and soups on are on everyone’s minds (and stomachs). With a busy fall season of back to school events, football and preparing for the holidays, there’s never been a more perfect time to use your Instant Pot for those mid-week dinners.It cooks in minutes, but tastes like it has simmered all day!
If you’re craving something comforting, try this Instant Pot Beef Stew recipe. Read on below for all the details on how to make beef stew in the Instant Pot as well as tips on storage and freezing.
Green Beans: Non-traditional but one of our favorites.
Potatoes: I like using White russet potatoes here.
Beef Broth: Use low sodium so you can season to taste.
Corn Starch: Don’t skip this it helps thicken the stew!
Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe
First, add the olive oil to the instant pot and turn on the sauté function. Wait until the oil gets hot (it will begin to sizzle), then add the meat. Season with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Brown on all sides.
Then, add the beef broth and use a wooden spoon or spatula to scrape the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Stir in Worcestershire sauce, garlic, onion, carrots, potatoes, green beans and tomato sauce.
Close the lid and the steam valve on the instant pot, then cook on high pressure for 35 minutes. After the time is up, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes before doing a quick release.
While the stew is cooking, mix together the cornstarch and cold water in a small bowl. Once completely combined ,stir into the pot and mix until thickened.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Should Do If My Stew Is Too Thick?
If your instant pot beef stew is too thick, add a teaspoon of water at a time
What Should I Do If My Stew Is Too Thin?
Add small amounts of cornstarch mixed with water if the stew is too thin.
Can You Freeze Beef Stew?
You can freeze instant pot beef stew. However, since we used cornstarch as a thickening agent, you might find that it separates when you reheat it. To prevent this, simply simmer a small amount of the liquid with additional cornstarch. Add the cornstarch back into the stew as you reheat it. Beef stew frozen in the freezer will last between 4-6 months. Also, it will stay good for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.
Can It Be Made On the Stovetop or In the Crockpot Instead?
Absolutely! Cook it on the stovetop for approximately one hour (or until vegetables are soft). In the crockpot, cook for ten hours on low ,or 6 to 7 hours on high.
What Type of Meat Should I Use?
Opt for meat at the grocery store that is pre-cut and labeled “stew meat”. With that being said: any type of tough, lean meat should do (and this will often be cheaper than the pre-packaged stuff). These types of meat typically come from the shoulder or rear, and are often named “Chuck” (such as Chuck Roast or Chuck Shoulder) or “Roast” (such as “Bottom Round Roast”, “Top Round”, or the more traditional “Pot Roast”). These types of meat hold up well in stews. They cook up nice and in this pressure cooker beef stew.
Why Should I Brown the Meat First?
While it’s not absolutely necessary to brown the meat prior to placing in your Instant Pot, our best beef stew recipe calls for it. The caramelized exterior adds another delicious layer of flavor to the dish. Without it, your meat may taste one-dimensional or a bit lackluster.
What to Serve with Beef Stew
One of the great things about beef stew is that it goes with almost everything! While you might opt for a green salad, beef stew can also be served on top of rice or egg noodles. It goes goes great with fresh baked cornbread, or biscuits. For a real treat, consider serving it with warm, crusty bread to dip into the stew.
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