Hearty Instant Pot Beef Stew

Two white bowls filled with Instant Pot Beef Stew featuring large chunks of tender vegetables and melt in your mouth beef.

Hearty Instant Pot Beef Stew tastes like it’s been cooking all day but is ready in under one hour when you use an Instant Pot. The tender beef melts in your mouth while the fresh herbs, root vegetables, and splash of bourbon infuse this classic dish with outstanding flavours.

Under pressure to get dinner on the table in record time? An Instant Pot dinner is the solution and I have a few great recipes for you to try. Choose from a classic and comforting Pork Medallions with Mushrooms or this spin on a Hungarian traditional Chicken Paprikash.

Two white bowls filled with Instant Pot Beef Stew featuring large chunks of tender vegetables and melt in your mouth beef.

Instant Pot Beef Stew

Beef Stew in the Instant Pot is the quickest way to achieve the most tender, melt in your mouth stew beef. Add in some hearty root vegetables and this traditional stew is a wonderful one pot meal.

While many beef stews contain dark ales such as Guinness, this beef stew recipe contains bourbon. The bourbon really highlights the sweetness of the rutabaga and other root vegetables.

Close up image of rich and chunky Instant pot beef stew in a white bowl.

Great Vegetables to Use in Stew

During the long cold winters, root vegetables are king. They are readily available because they store well and contain starches that provide us with energy.

Beef stew often contains starchy root vegetables such as potatoes and carrots. However, there are many other root vegetables options to consider. Rutabagas, celeriac, parsnip, sweet potato, and turnips would also be lovely in this stew.

Regular chopped yellow or white onions add a depth of flavour to the stew, while pearl onions are also a wonderful addition.

Ingredients required to make Instant Pot Beef Stew.

What Cut is Beef Stew Meat?

Did you know that the best cut of meat for stew meat is also usually the least expensive? Beef Chuck comes from the shoulder area and contains plenty of collagen rich connective tissue. During cooking, the collagen breaks down into the sauce, giving it a rich mouthfeel.

You can also buy stew meat cut from the round (or rear of the animal) however, it has much less connective tissue and therefore is not as desirable for stewing.

A white bowl filled with stewing beef that has been dredged in flour.

There’s more than one way to turn cheaper cuts of beef into tender, melt in your mouth morsels. The time old tradition of slow cooking is not always an option these days. Enter the Instant Pot.

Why You Should Make Beef Stew in an Instant Pot

As many like to point out, pressure cooking has been around for at least a century. Many home chefs (myself included) have heard horror stories of exploding pressure cookers and just avoid pressure cooking altogether.

Process images showing how to make beef stew in an Instant Pot.

However, the invention of this counter top electric gadget has made pressure cooking accessible to the masses. It’s easy to use and takes the ‘guess work’ and resulting uncertainty out of pressure cooking.

Usually the only way to cook chuck stew meat is low and slow. However, pressure cooking forces the connective tissues within the stew meat to break down through heat and steam pressure.

The result is tender melt in your mouth beef in a fraction of the time it would take via the slow cooking method.

Rich and chunky Instant pot beef stew in a white bowl.

How to Make Instant Pot Beef Stew

The first step in making Instant Pot Beef Stew is dredging and browning the beef. This step enhances the stew’s beefy flavour and provides a base for a thick rich gravy.

Pat the beef dry with a paper towel then season liberally with salt and pepper. Place the flour in a large plastic bag, then add the seasoned raw beef and seal well. Shake the bag and move it around so that all of the beef becomes coated in flour.

Alternatively, place the beef in a medium bowl and add the flour. Stir well using your hands until the beef is fully coated in flour. There should be a uniform light coating of flour over all of the beef.

Two white bowls filled with Instant Pot Beef Stew featuring large chunks of tender vegetables and melt in your mouth beef.

Next, pour 2 tablespoons olive oil into the Instant Pot insert and turn it to sauté mode. Place 1/3 of the dredged stewing beef in the Instant Pot insert. Cook the beef on one side until it releases, then flip it over to brown the other side.

Repeat in two batches, removing browned beef before starting the next batch. You can also use a separate stove top frying pan for this step.

Remove all browned beef and set aside. Add a bit of water and scrape the bottom to deglaze. Scrape with a spatula to grab all the tasty bits and pour them over the beef.

A blue ladle holds a serving of Beef Stew over an Instant Pot.

Next, add more olive oil, then sauté the diced onions until they become softened and translucent. Add the minced garlic then cook for another 30 seconds, stirring continuously. Add beef stock, bourbon, tomato paste, 2 sprigs rosemary, 2 sprigs thyme, to the onions and garlic. Leave to simmer for a few minutes. (Transfer to Instant Pot now if using stove method).

Replace the beef to the Instant Pot insert then wipe oil spattered rim. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and ensure the valve is set to ‘sealing’. Select ‘manual mode’, then choose ‘high pressure’ and add 10 minutes to the timer.

Rich and chunky Instant pot beef stew in a white bowl.

After ten minutes, release the pressure and check the beef. If it isn’t tender, give it another ten under high pressure. Once the beef is tender, add the vegetables, bacon, bay leaves, and some extra herbs and cook on low pressure for 12 minutes.

Allow the pressure to naturally release , then check to make sure the vegetables are cooked through. Add more time if needed. Stir the peas in to the hot stew at the end so they do not overcook.

Next add the tomato paste, garlic, fresh herbs, and onions. Allow them to simmer for a bit then add the beef back in. Wipe the Instant Pot rim clean, then cover with the lid and set the valve to ‘closed’.

Rich and chunky Instant pot beef stew in a white bowl.

On manual mode, set the Instant Pot to ‘high pressure’ and add 10 minutes to the timer. After ten minutes, release the pressure and check the beef. If it isn’t tender, give it another ten under high pressure.

Once the beef is tender, add the vegetables, bay leaves, and some extra herbs and cook on low pressure for another 12 minutes. Allow the pressure to naturally release (NPR), then check to make sure the vegetables are cooked through. Add more time if needed.

Rich and chunky Instant pot beef stew in a white bowl.

Storing and Reheating Beef Stew

Good news!! Like many slow cooked gravy rich meals, beef stew is always better the next day. This means that those leftovers are going to be even more delicious a day or even 4 days after it’s made.

This stew freezes well too. Freeze it in an airtight container for up to six months.

To reheat, simply thaw in the fridge overnight and slowly warm it in a covered saucepan over low heat. You may need to add a splash of water to loosen up the gravy. Stir once in a while to prevent scorching while reheating.

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Yield: 4 servings

Hearty Instant Pot Beef Stew

A blue ladle holds a serving of Beef Stew over an Instant Pot.

Hearty Instant Pot Beef Stew tastes like it's been cooking all day but is ready in under one hour when you use an Instant Pot. The tender beef melts in your mouth while the flavour of fresh herbs, root vegetables, and a splash of bourbon infuse this classic dish with outstanding flavours.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 42 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 2 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs (approx 1 kg) Stewing Beef
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 medium onion; diced
  • 4 cloves garlic; minced
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • bunch of fresh thyme
  • bunch of fresh rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 medium rutabaga; peeled and cut into 2 cm dice
  • 4 carrots; peeled and cut into 2 cm dice
  • 6-7 baby potatoes; cut in half
  • 2 slices cooked bacon; crumbled
  • 1 cup frozen peas

Instructions

    1. Pat the beef dry with a paper towel then season liberally with salt and pepper.
    2. Place the flour in a large plastic bag, then add the seasoned raw beef and seal well. Shake the bag and move it around so that all of the beef becomes coated in flour. Alternatively place the beef in a medium bowl and add the flour. Stir well using your hands until the beef is fully coated in flour.
    3. Pour 2 tablespoons olive oil into the Instant Pot insert and turn it to sauté mode.
    4. Place 1/3 of the dredged stewing beef in the Instant Pot insert. Cook the beef on one side until it releases, then flip it over to brown the other side. Repeat in two batches, removing browned beef before starting the next batch. You can also use a separate stove top frying pan for this step.
    5. Remove all browned beef and set aside. Add a bit of water and scrape the bottom to deglaze. Scrape with a spatula to grab all the tasty bits and pour them over the beef.
    6. Add more olive oil, then saute the diced onions until they become softened and translucent. Add the minced garlic then cook for another 30 seconds, stirring continuously.
    7. Add beef stock, bourbon, tomato paste, 2 sprigs rosemary, 2 sprigs thyme, to the onions and garlic. Leave to simmer for a few minutes. (Transfer to Instant Pot now if using stove method).
    8. Transfer all the beef to Instant Pot insert then wipe oil spattered rim. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and ensure the valve is set to ‘sealing’.
    9. On manual mode, set Instant Pot to ‘high pressure’ and add 10 minutes to the timer.
    10. After ten minutes, release the pressure and check the beef. If it isn’t tender, give it another ten under high pressure.
    11. Once the beef is tender, add the vegetables, bacon, bay leaves, and some extra herbs and cook on low pressure for 12 minutes.
    12. Allow the pressure to naturally release , then check to make sure the vegetables are cooked through. Add more time if needed. Stir the peas in to the hot stew at the end so they do not overcook.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 396Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 714mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 6gSugar: 9gProtein: 20g

Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

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35 comments

  1. Tristin

    This stew came out perfectly cooked in the instant pot. The beef was sooooo tender! Making it with your recipe from now on.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      GREAT! I’m so glad you loved this stew. It’s a family favourite!

  2. Veronika

    Love this recipe! It’s so much easier and faster to make beef stew in Instant Pot. Going to make it again this weekend 😉

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      It really is! It’s amazing how tender the beef can get in such a short amount of time. Thank you for commenting and letting me know. Happy cooking!

  3. Sophie

    I’m obsessed with the instant pot and your Hearty Beef Stew was unbelievably tasty – it’s definitely a keeper!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      hahahah Me too Sophie! Thanks for taking the time to let me know how much you loved this stew.

  4. megane

    This beef stew is delicious! Texture, flavour and pure healthy comfort food. We all licked the plates clean which is a sign it is a good meal 😂

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Oh boy. I don’t blame you! This stew recipe is a keeper.

  5. Patricia

    Mmmm! This is a great dish I could have used today — it’s allllll snowy and cold out west! Love that this comes together so easily. Super-hearty!

    Reply

  6. Christy

    As soon as I saw that your recipe for beef stew calls for rutabaga I knew I was going to make it! It has such an underrated flavor and is definitely my favourite root vegetable. Can’t wait to try this one!

    Reply

  7. Jessica

    That bourbon is everything. So rich and yep, tastes like it stewed all day – my family loved this on a cold winter night. Thanks for the easy recipe!

    Reply

  8. Pam

    Normally I make beef stew in the slow cooker, but I tried this recipe and I will never go back to the slow cooker! It tastes so fresh, but still like it simmered all day! The best beef stew!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Same here! I made it in the slow cooker for years but now it’s the IP for me!

  9. Ann

    I love beef stew! A great, classic stew recipe! I do have some leftover roast meat to try this recipe with! Sounds very yummy!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Yes, I suppose it would also work with leftover stew meat. Although the flavours might not have a chance to combine with the beef as well.

  10. Gloria

    Beef stew is always a hit for dinner any night of the week. Hearty and delicious. My family will love this recipe.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Yes! I think they will too. Best of all, it doesn’t take all day to make. Enjoy!

  11. Sean

    I love how this recipe makes a great beef stew in considerably less time is was so flavorful.

    Reply

  12. Jessica Formicola

    This beef stew was absolutely incredible! Full of flavor and it will definitely be a regular on our dinner table.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Super! I’m so glad you tried this recipe. More people need to know how delicious beef stew can be in an Instant Pot.

  13. Carnivore Confidential

    Hey there (thanks for stopping by my humble musings) … I too love a good stew (s’Tuesday … bwahahahaha) 🙂 but seriously, … please enlighten me on an “instant pot” … I feel kind of silly for asking but, I’m not familiar with that term … are you referring to a digital pressure cooker ??
    CHEERS and thanks for sharing … 🙂

    Reply

    1. dishnthekitchen

      Yes, for sure! It’s an electric pressure cooker. Canadian designed. They are quite popular right now because they are ultra quick and take most of the ‘danger’ away from stove top pressure cookers.

  14. chef mimi

    A lovely stew! And I know what you mean – I’ve got pescatarians in my family and it does create extra work – especially for major holidays!

    Reply

  15. diversivore

    I love a good stew. Gotta say though, I’d never thought of putting bourbon in! I love the idea. I bet it works really well with the earthy sweetness of the root veggies.

    Reply

    1. dishnthekitchen

      yep, as mentioned in the post 🙂 It went especially well with the rutabaga!

  16. Teresa

    This looks terrific and you could be an InstaPot representative, for sure!

    Reply

  17. aiming4simple

    Your photos are so lovely! I’ve never cooked with bourbon, but this is tempting me to try!

    Reply

  18. MeaghanC

    Looks so good! Love the addition of bourbon instead of wine. Will definitely try next time I make stew.

    Reply

  19. foodisthebestshitever

    See, pleasing everybody can be hard until you start throwing a little bourbon in your stew! Nice one B. I do love me a good stew 👌

    Reply

    1. dishnthekitchen

      I know right? Bourbon makes everything better…

  20. chefkim1968

    Looks delicious, I cooked beef stew in my “knockoff” InstaPot today too! LOL! Great minds think alike!

    Reply

    1. dishnthekitchen

      yay! too bad it’s not Tuesday. We could call it ‘Stuesday’. #nerd

    2. diversivore

      *snort* Stuesday. I’m on board for that.
      “Hey, what day is it today?”
      “S’Tuesday”

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