Darth VADER™'s Beef Stew
By :Chop Secrets
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Rating: 4.71
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 lbs Beef Stew Meat trimmed and cut into 1-2 inch chunks
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 3 carrots peeled and cut into slices
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups low-sodium beef broth or stock
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 10 oz tomato sauce 1 can
  • 1 lb potatoes chopped into 1 inch chunks
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 lbs Beef Stew Meat trimmed and cut into 1-2 inch chunks
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 3 carrots peeled and cut into slices
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups low-sodium beef broth or stock
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 10 oz tomato sauce 1 can
  • 1 lb potatoes chopped into 1 inch chunks
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
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Instructions
  1. Season stew meat with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning
  2. Add olive oil to the Instant Pot. Using the display panel select the SAUTE function.
  3. When oil starts to sizzle, brown the meat on all sides. Meat will not be cooked through. Do not crowd the pot--you may have to work in batches. Transfer browned meat to a bowl, but leave as much liquid as possible in the pot.
  4. Add garlic, onions, carrots and celery to the pot. Continue to sauté for 3-4 minutes (if it gets too dry, add additional 1 tbsp of olive oil)
  5. Add beef broth to the pot and deglaze by using a wooden spoon to scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the pot.
  6. Add beef back to the pot along with Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce and potatoes.
  7. Turn the pot off by selecting CANCEL, then secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  8. Using the display panel select the MANUAL function*. Use the +/- buttons and program the Instant Pot for 30 minutes.
  9. When the time is up, let the pressure naturally release for 15 minutes, then quick-release the remaining pressure.
  10. Mix together the cornstarch with 2 tbsp cold water in a small bowl and stir into the stew until thickened.
Recipe Notes

*If your Instant Pot does not have a MANUAL function, use the Pressure Cook function.

43 replies
  1. KellyH67
    KellyH67 says:

    I wanted a fast stew. This was perfect!! My picky picky husband even liked it. I didn’t have a can of tomato sauce so I threw a can of tomato soup in. Worked just fine. But I like a really thick gravy so I trippled the thickner recipe. I’d definitely make this again!!

  2. Rae
    Rae says:

    This was my first Instant Pot attempt and my whole family loved this recipe. It was really flavorful…and I loved that it was fast and simple.

  3. MarkLeslie
    MarkLeslie says:

    This was simpke and easybto make. The beef was tender and the stew delicious. We added sliced mushrooms into it. Will likely use thus again and experiment other small changes/additions.

  4. purplepinkdaisy
    purplepinkdaisy says:

    First IP meal made! Super Simple, Super Yummy. Gluten Free. I omitted the 2T of Cornstach and 2T of water at the end, to thicken it up. It was already thick enough. Will definately make again.

  5. ToriS
    ToriS says:

    My first instant pot recipe. It was easy to make and tasted delicious. Next time, though, I’ll try swapping out a cup of the broth with a cup of red wine to make it a little more robust.

  6. Sally Doubler
    Sally Doubler says:

    My first true cook w instapot after the get started run. This recipe was easy and gives me confidemce. My hubby loved the stew& I did too.
    It was 50 minutes plus 15 min. to bring pressure down! Served with a chopped power salad and a roll. Great hearty taste with a Cabernet even better

  7. jrosko
    jrosko says:

    My family loved it! I used tomato paste instead of tomato sauce, 1/4 cup of red wine, & 3 Tbs vs 2Tbs of Worcestershire sauce. I also added peas to the sauce at the end when I was thickening my sauce. I definitely will make it again!

  8. greenacres3318
    greenacres3318 says:

    This is the first recipe that I used my Instant Pot for and it came out great!!! My husband loved it and my 2 year old liked it. Thanks for the recipe. I followed it as closely as I could with what I had on hand thinking that I could alter it next time but I will keep it just the way it is!!

  9. Bud Cayenne
    Bud Cayenne says:

    It’s a great stew recipe very tasty im a single person so i have enough left over for 3 or 4 meals i frzzed in Ziploc bags right portions .money saver.

  10. Robert101
    Robert101 says:

    Prep is actually around 1-2 hours to cut and prepare vegetables/meat. Otherwise it comes out great! I opted to add extra potatoes, carrots, and celery to make it stretch further.

  11. LjH63
    LjH63 says:

    Delicious, but I added celery and next time I would cut down on the pepper by half and liquid by half. The stew was too much gravy i looked like soup.

  12. Ronaldwmcole@sbcglobal.net
    Ronaldwmcole@sbcglobal.net says:

    What’s the point of doing all that cooking ahead of time, when that meat could have cooked on HP, then veggies added after?

  13. Blittle66
    Blittle66 says:

    You guys are losers there’s no time or description on when you add the carrots the onion the garlic or the celery. Joking?

  14. SlightlyTwisted
    SlightlyTwisted says:

    Blittle66 losers? Really? It clearly tells you in step 4 what to do with your vegetables. Try again.

  15. MinookaLukas
    MinookaLukas says:

    i just made it and i absolutely love it ………..followed the directions exactly but added peas and corn

  16. Shelley14
    Shelley14 says:

    Very tasty, a little thin for me like soup, corn starch didn’t help so I cut the broth by a half cup each time. I keep making it because its easy and tastes great.

  17. Jessicajoseph333
    Jessicajoseph333 says:

    I made this recipe twice. The second time came out so much better because I reduced 1 cup of broth and Substituted with 1 cup of red wine. So for liquid it was 1.5 cup broth, 1 cup red wine, and 1 cup tomato sauce. I think the wine thickened the sauce and so did not even need cornstarch at the end.

  18. Jmcucullu
    Jmcucullu says:

    This was a fantastic dish! We liked it not so thick so we only added 1 tbsp of cornstarch and it was perfect.

  19. tgolota
    tgolota says:

    I changed the liquid to 1 cup of broth and one cup of red wine. It had great flavor. A little soupy but not too bad.

  20. Hrosen35
    Hrosen35 says:

    Great first meal on the instant pot. Beef and veggies came out very tender. Added mushrooms to the vegetable mix.

  21. MorkAndJin
    MorkAndJin says:

    Made 8 servings and just left out one cup of broth from the recipe. It was incredible!! Just got to the fill line for my 6 quart pot. Yes!!!

  22. KFR
    KFR says:

    Very easy and tasty. Instead of carrots, I used beets roots. (Beets freezes well while texture of carrots gets drier after defrosted.) I put mushrooms as well. It turn out very good!

  23. Tfly72
    Tfly72 says:

    I made this but added some turnip like my childhood stews always had. It was Very good and everyone ate er’ up. But, to me, it was more like a soup due to the tomato base. Stew, to me, is all about the gravy. But still, would make it again.

  24. Perrdom
    Perrdom says:

    Turn out very tasty. Not sure what I did wrong but it was a little soupy hence the four star. Will try this again as it was still very delicious.

  25. Rebecca Iwasaki
    Rebecca Iwasaki says:

    My first attempt using my new Instant Pot – turned out great. My husband loved it! The prep time took me longer but overall a pretty quick dinner that I will definitely make again.

  26. drpauly34gmailcom
    drpauly34gmailcom says:

    Added 1T of dark mushroom flavored soy sauce, 1T of fish sauce, and 2T white balsamic vinegar instead of worcestershire.
    Used 15 ounce can of diced tomato Instead of tomato sauce.
    Cooked beef separately in frying pan. Deglazed with 1/3 cup of red wine.

    This was the best stew I ever tasted!

  27. Fireship1
    Fireship1 says:

    Vader must know how to eat good! Made this at home and it was an instant hit! Very hardy and great for a cold day!

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