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This delicious Instant Pot Beef Stew is so easy to make that it will quickly become your favorite stew recipe.

Find out how to make this easy Instant Pot recipe.

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Instant pot beef stew recipe in a bowl with blue design on the outside and an orange spoon sitting next to the bowl.

Instant Pot Beef Stew

All you need to do to make this pressure cooker beef stew recipe is simmer the beef in a savory broth with chunks of vegetables.

It’s a wonderful way to kick off comfort food season.

Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe. A delicious recipe for beef stew made in your Instant Pot cooker.

Your guests will never guess that this stew hasn’t been cooking for hours on the stove.

Only you will know that it can be ready in less than an hour when you use your pressure cooker.

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Of course, you know I love my Instant Pot. Have you had a chance to check out any of my other IP recipes? 

This potato soup recipe can be on the table fast using your Instant Pot.

Or, you can make it in the slow cooker or soup pot instead.

How many people does this serve?

This recipe makes six servings. You can add more to feed more people if you need to. 

To extend this recipe a bit more, you can make a loaf of no yeast bread to go along with it.

Or, serve a side garden salad if you like.

Tips for making Instant Pot Beef Stew

  • For the best flavor, I always saute the beef in my IP  before I add the liquids. It really does add a wonderful flavor to your recipe.
  • If you have time, you can naturally release the pressure in your pot rather than quick releasing. It can result in meat that’s more tender.
  • Make sure that you add the cornstarch and water when the liquid is not. If it’s cold it will not work properly.
  • Add more cornstarch and water for a thicker gravy. Add less for a thinner gravy.

Learn how to make beef stew in your Instant Pot.

Easy recipe variations

  • To extend the recipe a bit, you can add a can of diced tomatoes. It’s a delicious flavor and helps add a serving or two to the recipe.
  • To keep this low carb, you can use turnip instead of potatoes. Keep the cooking time the same.

Can you overcook beef in an Instant Pot?

Yes, be sure to follow the directions for this Instant Pot Beef Stew carefully.

If you cook it too much, the meat will be dry and stringy.

If that happens,  you cannot undo it.

So, check it to be sure before you cook it for a longer amount of time.

What is the best kind of beef for stew?

The best type of beef to use would either be stew meat or a well-marbled chuck roast. You can start with either.

If you are pressed for time, using pre-cut up stew meat will save a few minutes rather than cutting up a chuck roast.

But, both options are delicious and will come out tender when cooked properly.

How to make beef stew in an Instant Pot.

What are the best potatoes to use?

I use red potatoes in this Instant Pot Beef Stew.

Yukon gold is another delicious option. Avoid Russet potatoes.

They don’t hold up as well when you cook them and may become mushy. 

What can I use instead of maggi seasoning?

If you cannot find this in the international section of your grocery store, you can try the same amount of Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce.

Or, you can use Braggs Liquid Aminos instead.

Both are good substitutions.

Should I use the Stew option on my IP?

Not all Instant Pots have a stew option on them.

But, if yours does, you can definitely use it.

It is the same as 45 minutes on the meat/beef setting so either one will work just fine.

Beef Stew Instant Pot Recipe

More delicious soups and stews

If you enjoyed this Instant Pot Beef Stew, you might want to try one of these recipes next.

This Irish beef stew slow cooker recipe is a delicious and traditional dish to serve year-round.

We like to serve this during the week of St. Patrick’s Day!

Is Taco Tuesday your favorite night of the week?

Regardless of which night you designate as taco night, this chicken taco soup can be ready in less than 30 minutes!

Get out your slow cooker, this Zuppa Toscana soup recipe is calling your name!

Whenever I go to Olive Garden I always order the Zuppa Toscana soup.

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Learn how to make beef stew in your Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Beef Stew

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Beef stew made in the instant pot. An insta pot is a great way to prepare this beef stew reciipe.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main, Main Course, Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings


  • Instant pot


  • 1 - 32 oz container beef broth
  • 6 carrots; quartered
  • 4 stalks of celery; chopped
  • 2 - 1 lb packages of beef stew meat
  • 1 white onion; diced
  • 3 red potatoes; diced
  • 2 tablespoon garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon maggi found in the international section


  • Set instant pot to saute mode. In the instant pot, add in meat and onions. Brown meat and turn off saute mode.
  • Add in carrots, celery, potatoes, and cover with beef broth. Fill with water to fill line.
  • Stir in garlic, bay leaves, maggi, salt, and pepper. Place lid on instant pot. Set to high pressure for 30 minutes. Once the pot is done counting release pressure.
  • Add two tablespoon cornstarch to 1/3 cup water. Whisk well. Pour into instant pot stirring frequently. Set instant pot to saute mode. Bring to a low boil until cornstarch has thickened the broth then turn off saute and set to keep warm


This beef stew recipe is perfect to make in your Instant Pot.

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