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The Most Amazing

Pressure Cooker Beef Stew

I have this theory. Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should do it. I get it. We all LOVE our Instant Pots, but some recipes really should be left to other cooking methods. Well, that’s definitely not the case here! This pressure cooker beef stew recipe is one of the most delicious foods I’ve eaten in a while. And I eat a lot!

What Makes This Recipe So Special?

There are several things I did to ensure this meal tasted as great as it did in my head. The first step (that is a must!) is to sear the meat well. There’s nothing worse than sad, gray meat. The sear is the only chance you get to add color. Plus, all the bits left in the bottom of the pot will help develop the flavor.

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Quality Matters

But more than anything else for this pressure cooker beef stew – I used high quality ingredients. Believe it or not, (in my opinion) an ingredient as small as tomato paste actually makes a difference in the overall finished product. And the potatoes matter! They are not all created equally. Here’s a look at some of the choices I made…

The Ugly Truth About This Recipe

You’ll notice this beef stew recipe takes a little time, and several ingredients, to make. Even though this is an Instant Pot recipe, it’s definitely not a “dump the ingredients, set it and forget it” method. But here’s the good part… The meat is incredibly tender and the broth is seriously something special. Trust me, one bite of this stew and you’ll see that it’s worth the extra ingredients and time. Why have a mediocre beef stew when you can take a few more minutes and ingredients and create something amazing?

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The Method

Pressure Cooker Beef Stew

Beef stew has never tasted so good. This recipe is comparable to others that take hours longer to get the same result. It's seriously good.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 357 kcal


  • 2 lbs stew beef
  • 2 Tbsp. sea salt separated
  • 3 tsp. black pepper separated
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil separated
  • 1 medium yellow onion roughly chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic minced
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 8 oz baby bella mushrooms sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 6 oz. tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary finely chopped
  • 4 cups (high quality) beef stock no salt added
  • 1.5 lbs baby yellow potatoes cut larger ones in half or quarters
  • 5 medium carrots cut into 2 inch chunks


  1. Season beef with 1 Tbsp. salt and 2 tsp. pepper. Using sauté setting on Instant Pot - once hot add 2 Tbsp. oil and thoroughly brown beef. Do this in two batches and do not stir too frequently. After the first batch, add 1 Tbsp. of oil. You want a good sear on each side of each piece. Set beef aside.
  2. Continuing on sauté setting - add 1 Tbsp. oil, onion, garlic, celery, mushrooms, and bay leaf. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, making sure to scrap up any bits on bottom.
  3. Then add Worcestershire sauce, wine, tomato paste, thyme, and rosemary to pot, bring up to boil, and cook for at least 5 minutes - more time is okay. Stirring occasionally.
  4. Lastly, add beef, stock, potatoes, and carrots, 1 Tbsp. salt, and 1 tsp. black pepper, then mix well. Close lid and set manual time for 10 minutes at high pressure. 

  5. Once cook time is complete - allow pressure to release naturally for at least 20 minutes. Quick release remaining pressure then remove lid.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If you use a beef stock that has salt already, there is no need to add the second Tbsp. of salt in step 4. Only season the beef before sautéing.

Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Beef Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 357 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 1605mg 67%
Potassium 1203mg 34%
Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 6g
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin A 110.4%
Vitamin C 29.1%
Calcium 7.6%
Iron 26.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    November 7, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    I grew up eating pot roast as a kid and always loved it. This recipe however, blew my shorts off like a ornery ole’ Hurricane without suspenders!

    Great stuff!

  • Reply
    March 9, 2018 at 9:17 am

    Sounds great. Would I add more time if I used 3 lbs. of meat? Would anything else change? Thank you.

    • Reply
      Chef Gary
      March 9, 2018 at 11:47 am

      3 lbs. of meat should be just fine. The only changes you may need to make: browning beef in 3 batches (rather than 2), maybe 1 more cup of stock (enough to cover all ingredients). Gotta love a meaty stew!

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