Easy & Quick Instant Pot Beef Stew

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I am absolutely aware that there are about ten thousand recipes for beef stew out there… But I absolutely HAD to share mine since I of course think mine is the best, too. Who wouldn’t? It’s easy, insanely quick and does not require “typical” stew ingredients if you happen to not have them on hand such as tomato paste or “stew seasoning”. This recipe requires very little, making it on the top of my list for quick meals.

Since my Instant Pot is my newest obsession (seriously. I need another one so I don’t have to wash it every day), This recipe uses very little time. About 50 minutes is all you will need since it cooks in 1/4 of the time. Which basically just means that the days that I forget to throw it in the crock pot in time (which is pretty much every time I try to make stew) I can still have it done in under an hour!


Beef stew meat

1/2 5 lb bag of red potatoes chopped

1 stalk celery chopped

1 lb bag of baby carrots

16 oz tomato sauce

1 Tbsp onion powder

1 Tbsp salt (or to taste)

pepper (to taste)

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 cup water

1 tbsp olive oil (optional)

This is basically a dump and push start recipe for the most part. First and Foremost, chop up all your veggies. Yum yum yum!

You absolutely do not need to brown the beef although if I am not running low on time I usually will. IF you choose to brown, just add a tbsp of olive oil to the bottom and push saute on your Instant Pot. Throw your beef in along with salt and pepper. Brown lightly on all sides.


If you’re low on time or just aren’t up for it, no worries!

Just throw the beef in, add water, throw your veggies in, top with your tomato sauce and add your seasonings. Really, it can’t possibly get easier than that!

Mix it up, put the lid on. Double check your valve is set to “sealing” since I personally forget that from time to time. press the “stew” button and you are done! Sit back and wait. Or go play referee with your kids. Whatever you gotta do, you’ve got time! I let it naturally release pressure for 15 minutes after it is done before quick releasing.

Open and enjoy!

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