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Instant Pot Beef Stew

Robust beef stew ready to serve with your favorite cornbread, fresh bread or cracker.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best instant pot beef stew recipe, easy instant pot beef stew recipe, instant pot beef stew, pressure cook stew recipe, quick beef stew recipe
Servings: 6


  • Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot


  • 2 lbs beef chuck roast cut into 1 ½" x 1 ½" cubes
  • 2 lbs yukon gold potatoes peeled & cut into 1 ½" cubes
  • 1 lb carrots peeled & cut into 1" long
  • 3 cups unsalted or low sodium beef broth/stock
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 dried bay leaves

Cornstarch Mixture

  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 4 tbsp cold water


  • In a large bowl: place beef, salt, pepper and mix.
  • Set cooker to saute-high and add olive oil. Place half of the beef in the cooker. Cook/sear both sides for 3-5 minutes per-side or until brown. Remove the beef and set aside. Repeat this step with the other half of beef. Then deglaze the cooker with 2 tbsp of water as you scrape the bottom of the cooker to remove bits. Remove the beef and set aside.
  • Add onion, garlic and cook for ~60 seconds or until fragrant. Add tomato paste and stir for a few seconds. Then add carrots, potatoes, seared beef, Italian seasoning, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce and mix. Place bay leaves on top.
  • Place the lid on. Pressure cook on high for 30 minutes, followed by a 10 minutes natural release . Follow the manufacture instructions for releasing the pressure. Remove the lid. Discard the bay leaves.
  • In a small bowl: combine cornstarch with cold water. Stir until the cornstarch has fully dissolved.
  • Set cooker back to saute-high. Pour the cornstarch mixture into the stew. Gently stir the stew with a ladle. Simmer until the liquid reduces to your liking. Season with salt & pepper to taste.

Serve & enjoy!