Hearty Classic Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe

Hearty Classic Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe - Pressure Cooker Beef Stew

This New Year’s Day did not go as planned to say the least. All I wanted was to watch the Rose Bowl Parade, eat off the cheese plate I imagined making, and have a Pac Man tournament with the kids. By mid-morning, everything had gone sideways, and I knew this Instant Pot Beef Stew recipe was what I really needed to make.

Screw the roast and gazillion side dishes. Give this super sick momma 35 minutes to done, please.

I played with the beef stew recipe passed down from my great-grandmother and what I’d read after spending way too much time browsing recipes on Pinterest. I got my inspiration here, here, and here (image pictured above).

Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe


1 lb beef stew meat, cubed

2 cups low sodium beef broth or bullion

1 can (10 oz) beef consomme

1 can (14 oz) peeled tomatoes, coarse crushed with hands

2 T flour

2 T butter

Salt and pepper to taste

2 T Worcestershire sauce

2 T low sodium soy sauce

1 T brown sugar

2 T minced garlic

2 tsp crushed rosemary

2 tsp thyme

2 T tomato paste

1 bay leaf

2 tsp cajun seasoning (or 1 tsp for less kick)

2 russet potatoes, peeled and chopped

5 carrots, peeled and chopped

8 oz button mushrooms, sliced

1 cup frozen corn (or 1 can, drained)

1 white or yellow onion, halved

2 ribs celery, halved


  1. Set your Instant Pot to sauté mode and add butter.
  2. Toss beef with salt, pepper, and flour to lightly coat. Place in cooker to sauté. Only stir occasionally to allow meat to get a nice brown crust on it.
  3. Combine beef broth, beef consomme, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, minced garlic, cajun seasoning, rosemary, thyme, and tomato paste. When meat is browned, add liquid mixture and use a wooden spoon to scrape any browned bits (aka tiny explosions of flavor) from the bottom.
  4. Add bay leaf and peeled tomatoes.
  5. While cooker remains on sauté mode, peel and chop vegetables into one-inch pieces.
  6. Add chopped vegetables and frozen corn to the Instant Pot.
  7. Place lid on the Instant Pot and lock into place. Press the “meat/stew” button and set for 35 minutes on high pressure. Make sure the steam valve is closed!
  8. Once finished cooking, allow the Instant Pot to cool for 10-15 minutes. Open the steam valve to ventilate the steam. Keep hands clear to avoid being burned by the condensation.
  9. Stir and remove onion, celery, and bay leaf.

Serves 8 with leftovers!

This recipe is literally the best beef stew recipe I’ve ever made. It’s a hodge podge of slow cooker and Instant Pot beef stew recipes and my first, so I’m intensely proud of it. I also learned a few things after officially using my new Instant Pot for the first time.

  • This is absolutely necessary to my daily survival now.
  • Turning the knob to vent the steam is scary but totally fine.
  • Instant Pots are magical kitchen unicorns.
  • I will probably never touch my crock pot again. Sorry, old friend.

Get your Instant Pot here on Amazon. Seriously, buy the thing now! It’s soooo worth it! I’ll bet I save our family hundreds on the take-out that I’d normally order when I’m in a dinner pinch.

Check out the other Instant Pot recipes that I’ll be trying for dinner and breakfast!

13 thoughts on “Hearty Classic Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe

  1. Tracey L says:

    I really want an Instant Pot! The whole family loves beef stew and I it’s simple to make when I plan it out. It takes awhile in the slow cooker, but tastes amazing so I can’t wait to get my hands on one!

  2. Annette says:

    I could love on sups/chowders/stews and this one looks delicious. I don’t yet have an Instant Pot, but I do have a few pressure cookers. I need to take the plunge and learn to adapt them and use my pressure cooker again.

  3. Shirley Shepherd says:

    Beef Stew is one of my favorite comfort foods. Thanks for sharing your recipe, it sounds very delicious and easy to make!

  4. sassycountrymama says:

    The Instant Pot is one thing that I am really wanting. I am the type of person who loves getting stuff that I can use as presents. And I love this recipe. Thank you for sharing!

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