Beef Stew
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Votes: 111
Rating: 4.49
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Course Dinner
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Soups, Stews & Broths
Duration 1-2 hours
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Beef, Carrot, Potatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
6-8 servings
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • Stew Seasoning of your choice, amount adjusted for 2 pounds of meat, McCormick Stew seasoning was used as seasoning by original creator of  this recipe, two packets were used.
  • 4 cups Water
  • 5 potatoes chopped
  • 1 cup carrot chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 4 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 cup green beans raw
Course Dinner
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Soups, Stews & Broths
Duration 1-2 hours
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Beef, Carrot, Potatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
6-8 servings
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • Stew Seasoning of your choice, amount adjusted for 2 pounds of meat, McCormick Stew seasoning was used as seasoning by original creator of  this recipe, two packets were used.
  • 4 cups Water
  • 5 potatoes chopped
  • 1 cup carrot chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 4 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 cup green beans raw
Votes: 111
Rating: 4.49
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  1. Add first three ingredients to Instant Pot, secure lid and put valve into secure pressure setting.
  2. Select Manual and adjust to high pressure. Adjust cooking time for 45 minutes - 45 minutes provides extremely tender meat.
  3. After the cycle is complete allow to rest for 10-minutes before quick releasing pressure manually with valve.
  4. Remove lid and stir. Add vegetables, ensuring you stay below the maximum fill line. Put the lid back on and secure the valve to pressure.
  5. Select manual again, and set time between 5 and 15 minutes. Selecting 15-minutes results in really tender vegetables, adjust to your liking.
  6. Allow to sit after cycle is complete for 10-minutes and release pressure. Serve and enjoy!
  7. Note: Any vegetables can be used in this stew, these were the vegetables available at the time of creating the recipe. If you prefer other vegetables in your stew, simply change them!
79 replies
  1. TheRustedGoose
    TheRustedGoose says:

    Easy and delicious! I subbed half of the water for beef broth for some extra flavor.

    Veggies we used were bag of frozen sweet corn, celery, carrots, radishes, potatoes and green beans.

    This will be a great winter meal!

  2. Lisa_Allen
    Lisa_Allen says:

    This was my first recipe with my Instant Pot! I added more veggies and my husband loved this stew. The consistency was amazing and the beef just fell apart! Will make again!

  3. Andimom75
    Andimom75 says:

    My first recipe in the instant pot. The beef was fall-apart tender and the veggies were perfect in 15 min! Delicious! Only thing…. it was more of a soup than a stew, but still amazing.

  4. timdennehy
    timdennehy says:

    This was a great first recipe for me and the Instant Pot. The beef was incredibly tender, but I think the veggies were a bit overcooked at 10 mins. The time started by the recipe doesn’t include two warm-up (one for the beef, a second when you add the veggies) cycles, which together add about 20mins to the total time.

  5. Theebigticket
    Theebigticket says:

    This was my first recipe using instant pot as well. Beef was cooked perfectly, and 12 minutes on the veggies was plenty (I would do less next time). Flavor was OK; might use a different flavor packet next time, use a tiny bit less water or sub some beef broth for water as someone else mentioned or add some red wine.

  6. Mariegra
    Mariegra says:

    I was concerned that it might not all fit below the max fill line for my 6 qt. instant pot, so i cut thr recipe in half. This amount was good for 2 or 3 people. I am wondering if those that tried this put the full recipe in a6 or 8 qt. Pot?

  7. Beez783
    Beez783 says:

    I have the 8qt pot and used the full recipe. It was just above the 1/2 mark on the pot. Great first recipe!

  8. jcalvert
    jcalvert says:

    After viewing other comments i changed the 4 c. Water to 1 15 oz can beef broth and 1 1/2 c. Water. I also used 2 rounded tbls of flour to coat the stew meat and saute it in a skillet before placing in instant pot with broth and water. Had a thick flavorful sauce which could be thinned with water if desired.

  9. Saddyspot
    Saddyspot says:

    I made this for lunch today and it was a hit. I used half an onion instead of a whole one, 4 carrots, maybe 6 celery sticks, and added garlic. I substituted 2 cups of chicken broth that i made yesterday for the water. We will definitely make this again. I think the time listed is a bit short, as another person commented. I planned on just over an hour, and it ended up taking closer to 2, since my stew beef was still partially frozen when i started. Great recipe though.

  10. BossWife8055
    BossWife8055 says:

    First time using my Instant Pot! Love this recipe. Took closer to two hours from start to finish. I used beef bone broth instead of water! So much flavor. I was able to fit entire recipe in my 5qt IP perfectly. Definetly will be making this again as it was a huge hit for my family of 4.

  11. Sullivanclan
    Sullivanclan says:

    This was a nice first for the instapot. Saute first, then meat, then vegetables. I used chicken broth instead of water. Did vegetables for 8 minutes instead of 15. Used a small cinnamon stick and bay leaves. Super good, meat very tender. Next time Guinness!

  12. BusyMama3
    BusyMama3 says:

    This was AMAZINGLY good! Meat was so tender, I did lightly coat the beef with seasoned flour and sauted for a few minutes, then proceeded with the rest of the recipe. I have a 6 quart pot and used all the veggies listed, except mushrooms instead of green beans, and it filled the pot halfway between the 1/2 mark and the 2/3 mark. I highly recommend this recipe!! It did take 2 hours from start to finish.

  13. 2DogMom
    2DogMom says:

    This is the first recipe I made in my InstantPot. It took a little over two hours because I sauteed the meat first. I used 2-1/2 cups of Cabernet Sauvignon and 1-1/2 cups water. I set the pressure at 40 minutes Instead of 45. And after taking the meat and veggies out of the inner pot, I thickened the gravy with some flour. Hubby and I found some spinach noodles yesterday so I cooked them and served the stew over them for a scrumptious meal.

  14. Salvagedwood
    Salvagedwood says:

    First ever in the instantpot
    Cook time does not reflect pressure up or depressure times. But was a hit with two picky eaters i subtracted the green beans one less fight and 3 cups water one cup beef broth will add 2 packs of seasoning next time and the beans made 5 healthy portions

  15. Sgrondin
    Sgrondin says:

    I loved this recipe. It is the best one of all slow cooker recipes. I added green beans and forgot to put in celery. Fantastic

  16. Britttany.oldfield
    Britttany.oldfield says:

    Worked out great, at the end I took out everything except the broth (instead of water) and added cornstarch/flour to thicken and then mixed. Tastes great and cant wait to have stew for the next week for leftovers 🙂 just wish I had breadbowls….

  17. Twiffers
    Twiffers says:

    This was my first recipe using my IP (DUO plus 60 – 6qt). I added a few cloves of garlic and dumped them in along with the first three ingredients. – I would actually add more next time. I also used one pkg of McCormick Slow Cooker Beef Stew mix and for the second pkg, I used Pioneer Roasted Beef Gravy.
    For the liquid, I used 1 cup of red wine, 2 cups chicken broth (only broth I had on-hand) and 1 cup water. Veggies- I used potatoes, carrots, onion, celery, and fresh green beans.

  18. Mrmckaye
    Mrmckaye says:

    I will give 5 stars but as written it is a 4 star recipe. Using water and the McCormack spice packets just didnt cut it. Next time I would use some stock instead of water and some read wine. Maybe add the wine when sauteeing the beef at the beginning. Beef was perfectly tender but the veggies a little over done for my tastes.

  19. mmarques
    mmarques says:

    This recipe is easy, but beware that the time listed is only the cook time. With so much liquid, it take a long time to come to pressure. The second tume is not as long, as the liquid is still warm. And there are 2 NPR’s. Total time was close to 2 hours.

    This stew is not the most flavorful, but at least I replaced water with beef stock. Next time, I will start by using sautee for the meat and onions before adding the liquid. For the liquid, I’ll try 3 cups beef broth and 1 cup wine.

  20. CuppaJoe
    CuppaJoe says:

    I used an Instant Pot Mini 3-quart for this. The first time I used 1-1/2 pounds of stew meat. There wasn’t much room for veggies. The second time, I used two pounds of stew meat and did the second stage in two batches adding lots and lots of veggies, right up to limit line. Delicious! It’s an excellent way to get extra veggies into my diet.

  21. jjdake87
    jjdake87 says:

    This recipe has great flavor. I used two packets of McCormicks stew seasoning and 4 cups of beef broth. Next time I will only put the vegetables in for five minutes. Overall this was an amazing recipe.

  22. Fbrian
    Fbrian says:

    Made this tonight. Like others we found total time was 2 hours w/ set-up, warmup of instant pot and natural releases. We used 2 packets of McCormik Beef Stew seasoning. It seemed a bit too much. Will try one packet next time. Cooked the vegetables for 7 min and they were perfect.

  23. ECG
    ECG says:

    If wanting to use gluten free and helthier seasoning:
    Chick pea Flour for thickening
    Cayenne Pepper
    Celery Seed
    Onion Powder
    Salt and Pepper

  24. Tommy23
    Tommy23 says:

    My 19 year old daughter just cooked this stew! I bought it! she cut an cooked it all exactly ! It was delicious! It was the first meal she ever cooked! We loved it! Thank you!

  25. JeannieRyan
    JeannieRyan says:

    I’m teaching Hubby how to use the Instapot (he doesn’t cook) and it turned out excellent. Will definately let him make again!

  26. Billybell991
    Billybell991 says:

    Pretty good. The meat was tender. I like my veggies falling apart, but if you like a bit more body to them, you may want to just do 10 mins instead of 15 for that second stage. I used one pack of Club House beef stew seasoning and it’s flavorful enough. It’s a bit watery, but will likely thicken up as leftovers.

  27. bob0082
    bob0082 says:

    Just got lux 60 amazing called your support he gave me a receipt i made in 40 minutes sauted meat in butter with flour added whole celery, bag of medium carrots, chopped onion potatoes white , 1 bag club house seasoning, about 3 cups beef broth. Excellant .

  28. Scorpibell
    Scorpibell says:

    Made last night, very good.
    I didnt love the celery but im not big on warm celery. Will try adding more veggies and can use a bit more than 2 pds meat

  29. hburger90
    hburger90 says:

    Its great stew, but the time to cook is longer than 1 hour. Its a total of 90 mins to cook/let sit. Id recommend it, its just very time consuming.

  30. Minefield
    Minefield says:

    A lot of recipes in this book have inaccurate times for cooking … with pressure cooking the ‘de-compress’ time must be factored in. This beef stew is more like 90 to 100 minutes. Read and add before cooking any of these recipes.

  31. Caitlinmt27
    Caitlinmt27 says:

    Made this but 1/2 the recipe for just me and my husband. 1 pount meat, 2 cups water, 1 packet seasoning and just 2 potatos for the veggies (he doesnt like veggies) but kept the times the sam.e. He loved it and will be asking for it again

  32. ksull72487
    ksull72487 says:

    Great! This is a pretty common recipe but also a great post. I love it. Helped familiarize me with the Instant Pot.

  33. ksull72487
    ksull72487 says:

    Cut everything in half for two people. I make a lot of this now. I love it! Personal preference add 1 cup broccoli and slightly more broth. Im sparing on onion. I also add olive oil and Saute the beef first. Butter isnt bad either and of course pepper and salt. I add the butter in with the veggies.

  34. Suemccartin
    Suemccartin says:

    First time using my pot i didnt want anything complicated. I love stew but hate waiting all day. Times are inaccurate they don’t consider heat up and cool down so add 30+ minutes to cook time. Apparently some of the pots have slightly different control panels but i figured it out.

  35. mrsearguy69
    mrsearguy69 says:

    My husband never eats seconds, he did with this one. Amazing, beef tip falling apart and so tender. Thanks

  36. says:

    For a 1st time user. This was super easy to make and the instructions were easy to follow.

  37. AprilJules
    AprilJules says:

    Delicious! I have the LUX60 V3 6 Qt, so can’t Adjust the temp with manual (but read online it’s automatically high). Add an extra 15min to heat up and about 15min or so to cool down each time. 2nd time using my IP was a success!

  38. Lamleyt
    Lamleyt says:

    Love this recipe but prefer to saute meat first and use just 2 cups of water, otherwise way too Much sauce.

  39. AL_418
    AL_418 says:

    Enjoyed how soft the beef was. But the sauce while well seasoned needed more depth or heat. Tasted like a tv dinner, which maybe to many is ok too.

  40. nicoyabeauty
    nicoyabeauty says:

    came out good! I used beef broth to use with my beef stew mix and only used 2 cups of the broth instead of what was stated. I used only potatoes cubed and onions and 10 min. was perfect to get them nice and soft.

  41. bonoz3612
    bonoz3612 says:

    Very tasty stew and easy to make. I used potatoes and root veggies and it worked really well. Meat was just as tender as everyone described. I used a stew gravy i found on the supermarket instead of the packets and used a can of beer and one cup of water. I coated the meat in flour and sauteed. This did result in my pot flashing Burn due to the residue at bottom of pot but it did not impede the progress of my stew. The manual suggested you wait until end to add any thickening agent.

  42. Portercat
    Portercat says:

    I have the mini instant pot (3 qt). I combined my usual recipe and this one. I always ad at least 15minutes for heat up.
    1.5 stew meat, browned in 2 TBS olive oil
    2 cups beef stock
    2 cloves crushed/chopped garlic
    Handful of chopped onion
    1TBS worchester sauce
    1TBS Bouquet garni spice (only because I had it in drawer
    1/2 tsp paprike
    2bay leaves
    5 small red poptates cubed
    1 cup chopped carrots
    1/2 cup ruff chopped onion
    8 cut mushrooms
    1/2 celery stalked
    Forget the green beans.

  43. Kelly Hamby
    Kelly Hamby says:

    This was an awesome easy recipe, my only note would be that 2 Seasoning packets was too much and made it sort of salty. I would say one or one and a half would be fine.

  44. Nbotkin
    Nbotkin says:

    I used an instant pot mini 3 qt. Once beef is brown, i went 15 minutes, but felt like an additional 5 minutes were needed

  45. Dyager
    Dyager says:

    I made this as per the recipe – veggies added were onion, carrots & potatoes. Really good and the family liked it too.

  46. Apjlytham
    Apjlytham says:

    A very easy tasty recipe. This is my first attempt with the instantpot. I did use low sodium beef broth instead of water and used one and a half packets of stew seasonings. Definitely do a again may add red wine next time.

  47. Dmiranda
    Dmiranda says:

    Delicious and easy!! I used 1.5 packets of stew meat seasoning as I read a lot of you did and glad because it was just enough. Will definitely make again as cold weather is upon us.

  48. Apjlytham
    Apjlytham says:

    Update on this recipe I made this recipe with one cup of red wine and three cups of beef broth it was a complete hit with my company.

  49. GlutenFreeChickadee
    GlutenFreeChickadee says:

    Delicious!! We eat 100% gf for health reasons and this was terrific. I would add more meat for my family but it was tasty and definitely on the “make again” list.

  50. Denmart
    Denmart says:

    Made this yesterday and it was wonderful. I tweaked it sonewhat by adding only one seasoning packet and using beef broth instead of water. I also added some sherry cooking wine for enhanced taste. The one thing I would do differently is cook the vegetables for no more than 10 minutes, as 15 minutes was way too long and broke up the veggies into small pieces.

  51. Mbcovarrubias
    Mbcovarrubias says:

    Made this last week, the seasoning should be upped as it tasted under seasoned. Otherwise, it was delicious!

  52. Sam and phil
    Sam and phil says:

    I used chicken/beef broth instead of water and also browned the seasoned meat on all sides before presure cooking. I used sweet potatoes to make it more paleo, but 15 mins pressure cook at the end made everything too tender.. I recommend 11 mins. Also I would cut the cayenne in half.. too spicy for a stew recipe. We added bay leaves at the end. A great recipe overall!!

  53. Kaylaakosua
    Kaylaakosua says:

    Made this tonight. Great basic recipe. Needed a few tweaks. I brown the meat first and cooked it in brothe with fresh garlic. I didnt use celery but corn instead and used beef broth for flavour. Next time i will coat the beef in flour before browning and use 2.5 cups instead of 4. It was a soup more than a stew. Also add a bit of corn startch when adding the veggies. There is tons of waiting time aswell. I would add an addiotnal 30 minutes to this.

  54. Bears51
    Bears51 says:

    Absolutely delicious. I sauteed the beef beforehand and used beef broth instead of water and it was better than when I cook it all day in my slow cooker.

  55. Bluethree
    Bluethree says:

    I have not even ate yet. BECAUSE I AM STILL WAITING FOR THE INSTAPOT TO BUILD STEAM! I am so hungry. My family is hungry. If there is one thing that drives me insane about this recipie is it never takes into account the build up time for pressure. Yes, im an idiot that still has not learned but come on! This beef stew takes an hour to cook plus an hour to build pressure and decompress. And there is no spell check on this program for reviewx. This stew better blow my mind!

  56. Don Nacho
    Don Nacho says:

    Amazing. Instead of 4 cup water water I used 3 cups beef broth and 1 cup pinot noir. Also added a handful of shiitake mushrooms and a few sprigs of thyme. The wife and kids loved it.

  57. Kaylaakosua
    Kaylaakosua says:

    Great base recipe. I used beef bone broth instead of water and browned the meat with chopped garlic for about 5 mins before. Family favourite here.

  58. SCE
    SCE says:

    This was super easy with a true beef stew taste! My husband said, “ This is better than Dinty Moore Beef Stew!” My son said, “This is better than Campbell’s Beef Stew!” Well, I am glad I made it past the canned soup!!! The only change I made was substituting the 4 cups of water with 4 cups of beef broth.

  59. Essy1957
    Essy1957 says:

    Simply delicious. I tossed the beef in a flour,paprika,pepper mix before sauteing. I also used beef broth instead of water. One must consider build up times to know exactly how ling to cook
    Besides that, this is perfection.

  60. clarkkentguy
    clarkkentguy says:

    It takes at least a half hour to prepare the vegetables. If you add up all the times listed, it even adds up to more time than the total time it says in the recipe. Furthermore as another reviewer mentioned this doesn’t take into account the time to build up steam.
    Basically, it just totally underestimates the time to complete this from start to finish.

  61. says:

    Followed the basic recipe, but added 1 addl. cup of water with 1 beef bullion cube. ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS and SO EASY! Meat was so tender!!

  62. Monique Portelance
    Monique Portelance says:

    I was super happy with how this turned out. Insted of beans i used peas, i also used beef broth in place of the water. It did turn out fairly soupy but was still delicious! I also added in 3 cloves of garlic. This was my first recipe made in my instapot. It fed my family of 6 with second helpings. It does take longer then it says it should because it doesnt take into account the time it takes to pressurize. Aweseome flavor for sure!

  63. Libra
    Libra says:

    Instead of using packaged seasonings I cook the onion with the meat and add a bullion cube. I remove the stew after it’s done and thicken the gravy by stirring in 3 tbs of flour mixed into 1/4 cup of water ( bring to a boil & cook, stirring, for 3-5 minutes). Then, if it’s handy, I add 1 – 2 tsp of Kitchen Bouquet & return the stew to the pot.

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