Quick and Easy Beef Stew
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Cheap and Easy Instant Pot Beef Stew Dinner Recipe for Families

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Beef Stew Made Easy

This Instant Pot Beef Stew is crammed with tender pieces of beef, potatoes, and carrots in a rich and savory broth. This pressure cooker beef stew is a quick and easy twist on the classic recipe!

When you are craving a warm, hearty meal, there is nothing like a soothing bowl of beef stew. Once you attempt making beef stew in your Instant Pot, you are no longer going to choose to make it any other way!

The Instant Pot develops savory flavors in a fraction of the time. With a busy schedule, it can be tough to discover the time to cook dinner the basic recipes that you crave. Instant Pot recipes trade all that due to the fact you can make a wholesome, gratifying meal barring devoting a entire afternoon to cooking.

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This Instant Pot stew tastes as if it simmered for hours on the stove. The beef is melt in your mouth soft and the broth is thick and flavorful.

Beef Stew Made Easy

1. Brown the Beef: This is an important often overlooked step. Browning your meat until it has a golden crust will bring out the flavor. You will brown the beef right in the Instant Pot, in some olive oil. Season the beef with salt and pepper for another layer of flavor. After the meat is browned, transfer it to a clean bowl so that you can sauté the onion and garlic in the Instant Pot.

2. Deglaze the Pot: To keep from getting the famous burn marks on your roast, be sure to deglaze the pot ahead of time. When you brown the meat, some small bits may get stuck to the bottom of the pot. You will pour in some broth and use a spoon or spatula to scrape up those bits. They will come up easily if you deglaze while the pot is still warm. Those browned bits are going to add so much flavor to your beef stew!

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3. Cut your Veggies into Big Chunks: You will want to cut the carrots into 1-inch pieces, and the potatoes into approximately 1 1/2-inch chunks. If you cut the vegetables too small, they may overcook and turn to mush while the stew pressure cooks.

Beef Stew For Families

4. Use a Natural Pressure Release: Let the pressure release natural for 10 minutes. This will give your stew a lot more taste and allow the meat to continue to tenderize. After the 10 minutes, release the rest of the steam with the quick release

.5. Thicken the Broth: If you need to thicken your stew, use some corn starch. Just mix it with a little water using a whisk, then pour it in your beef stew. Stir it in so that it will thicken your broth.

Cheap and Easy Instant Pot Beef Stew Dinner Recipe for Families

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Recipe by Don Carroll Course: American, Dinner, FeaturedCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Medium


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A thick and hearty beef stew. Perfect to put over rice, or eat by itself.


  • 2 lbs Beef Stew Meat or Beef Chuck

  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil, divided

  • 1 tsp Salt

  • 1/2 tsp Pepper

  • 1 Yellow onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced

  • 3 c. Beef Stock

  • 2 tbsp Tomato paste

  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning

  • 1 tsp Dried Thyme

  • 1 Bay leaf

  • 4 Carrots, cut into 1″ pieces

  • 4 Potatoes, cut into 1 1/2″ pieces

  • 2 tbsp Cornstarch

  • 2 tbsp Water


  • If using chuck roast and not already cut stew meat, cut the beef into 1 1/2 to 2 inch cubes.
  • Heat 1 tbsp of the olive oil in the Instant Pot using sauté mode. When the pot is hot, add half of the beef in a single layer. Sprinkle the beef with half of the salt and pepper.
  • Brown the beef on the first side, without moving it, for 4 minutes or until it is browned and releases easily from the bottom of the pot. Flip the beef pieces and brown on the second side for about 4 minutes more. Remove the beef to a clean bowl.
  • Add the remaining 1 tbsp olive oil to the pot. Brown the second half of the beef, seasoning with the remaining salt and pepper, about 4 minutes per side. Remove the browned beef to the bowl with the first half of the beef.
  • Add the onion to the Instant Pot and sauté for 2-3 minutes, until it begins to soften. Add the garlic to the pot, press cancel to turn off the heat, and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds.
  • While the Instant Pot is hot, deglaze the pot by pouring in 1 c. of the beef broth and scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Pour in the remaining 2 c. of broth.
  • Add the tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, thyme and bay leaf and stir to combine. Add the beef back to the pot, along with any juices from the bowl. Place the carrots and potatoes on top of the beef. Do not stir.
  • Close the Instant Pot lid and turn the steam release valve to the sealing position. Press the Pressure Cook button and set the cook time to 35 minutes at high pressure. The Instant Pot will take 10-15 minutes to reach pressure and then the cook time will begin counting down. When the cook time ends, allow the pot to naturally release for 10 minutes by leaving the Instant Pot alone. Then quick release any remaining pressure by carefully turning the steam release valve to the venting position using the handle of a long spoon.
  • Open the Instant Pot lid. Remove the bay leaf.
  • Thicken the stew by stirring together 2 tbsp cornstarch and 2 tbsp water in a small bowl. Pour this mixture into the Instant Pot and turn on sauté mode. Allow the stew to simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened. Be careful to not break up the vegetables as you stir.

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Nutrition Facts

8 servings per container

Serving Size1.5 Cups

  • Amount Per ServingCalories265
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 11.3g 18%
    • Saturated Fat 3.3g 17%
  • Cholesterol 102mg 34%
  • Sodium 677mg 29%
  • Potassium 585mg 17%
  • Total Carbohydrate 2.2g 1%
    • Dietary Fiber .3g 2%
    • Sugars 1.3g
  • Protein 36.5g 73%

  • Calcium 1%
  • Iron 121%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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