Instant Pot Beef Stew (ready in under 1 hr!) – Fit Foodie Finds

This Instant Pot Beef Stew is everything slow roasted stew is, but without the long cook time! Fall apart beef and tons of veggies, plus its ready to eat in under an hour.

instant pot beef stew in a bowl with a spoon

Inspired by Beef Bourguignon

This Instant Pot beef stew recipe is inspired by one of our all-time favorite recipes to spend cooking all day with our family in the winter — BEEF BOURGUIGNON.

We wanted to take all the things we love about beef bourguignon (the rich flavors, the fall-apart beef chunks, the perfectly cooked vegetables), but make it a meal you can easily whip up for weeknight dinners with your family.

Best Beef for Beef Stew

We love boneless chuck roast for beef stew for a couple reasons:

  • It’s a tougher cut of meat than many leaner alternatives, but when slow cooked (or emulating the slow cooking process in the Instant Pot through pressure cooking!) it breaks down the meat and becomes oh so tender and delicious.
  • Beef chuck is a cheaper cut of meat meaning this high-end tasting beef stew is super budget-friendly!
chunks of beef chuck ready to be prepped for beef stew

Beef Stew Ingredients

We love beef stew because it’s truly a complete meal in a bowl– meat, veggies, and so much flavor. Here’s what you need:

Meat

  • Boneless beef chuck roast, sliced into 1-inch chunks

Vegetables

  • White onion
  • Celery stalks
  • Carrots
  • Russet potatoes
  • Baby bella mushrooms
  • Frozen peas

Get that delicious flavor

  • Dry red wine
  • Beef broth
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Tomato paste
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs
  • Fresh thyme sprigs
  • Garlic cloves
  • Dried rosemary
  • Dried thyme
  • Onion powder
  • Smoked paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Brown sugar
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • White whole wheat flour

Beef Stew Seasoning

This beef stew seasoning adds so much flavor to this Instant Pot beef stew. It’s salty, savory, and a little bit sweet. Here are the ingredients you need for our perfect beef stew seasoning mix:

  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white whole wheat flour

double or triple it!

Mix up a double batch of this seasoning so you have it on hand whenever you’re making beef stew!

instant pot beef stew meat seasoned and ready to be browned

Instant Pot Beef Stew Tips & Tricks

Don’t cut beef into too large of chunks

Because chuck meat is a tougher cut of meat, it relies on slow cooking to break down the meat and make it tender and flakey. If you cut the beef into chunks that are larger than 1 – 1.5 inches, you run the risk of not cooking the stew for long enough to break down the beef.

Don’t skip browning the beef

Browning the beef before Instant Pot cooking your stew (you’ll do this right in the Instant Pot!) draws out the delicious flavors of the beef, which allows it to soak into every bit of this stew as it cooks down.

BONUS: this preheats your Instant Pot, which will eliminate the time it takes to preheat before pressure cooking your stew.

Deglaze your Instant Pot

Right after you brown the beef for this beef stew, you’ll remove the beef, and deglaze the bottom of the Instant Pot by adding red wine to the Instant Pot. Use a wooden utensil to scrape off all the brown bits on the bottom of the Instant Pot.

This step not only helps prevent the Instant Pot burn notice, but also distributes the delicious flavor from browning into the wine liquid, which allows it to flavor the entire stew.

Don’t skip the herb bundle

The herb bundle (we used fresh rosemary and fresh thyme) is a must have for this beef stew! It allows your stew to incorporate all the flavors of fresh herbs without needing to dig around in the stew to fish them out at the end.

Simply bundle tightly the fresh rosemary and thyme with baker’s twine, and place right in the Instant Pot. You’ll easily be able to remove it from the beef stew right before serving.

beef stew in the instant pot with an herb bundle placed on top

What to Serve with Beef Stew

Serve this deliciously savory beef stew with something starchy (what better to soak up that yummy broth with!). We recommend any of the following:

beef stew with roasted veggies in the instant pot

How to Store Beef Stew

Store this Instant Pot beef stew in an air-tight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

To Freeze: let cool completely before transferring into an air-tight container, making sure to remove as much air as possible. Place into the freezer for up to 3 months.

How to Reheat Beef Stew

We love to reheat this beef stew just as it was cooked — low and slow!

In the Oven: Allow the beef stew come to room temperature (about 30 minutes) before placing in an oven-safe dish with a lid. Reheat at 350°F for 45 minutes, or until reheated thoroughly.

On the Stovetop: Allow the beef stew to come to room temperature before placing in a stock pot and reheating over low / medium heat on the stovetop.

In the Microwave: We don’t loveee this method, but if time is of the essence, reheat your beef stew on low / reheat in the microwave until reheated thoroughly.

reheating tip:

As your beef stew sits in the fridge, it will thicken. When reheating, add a little beef broth in order to thin things out a bit to get that delicious broth in every bite.

instant pot beef stew in a bowl with a spoon
instant pot beef stew in a bowl

Instant Pot Beef Stew

This Instant Pot Beef Stew is everything slow roasted stew is, but without the long cook time! Fall apart beef and tons of veggies, plus its ready to eat in under an hour.

Prep: 30 minutesCook: 20 minutesTotal: 50 minutes

Fat 12

Carbs 24

Protein 42

Yield 8 servings 1x


Ingredients

  • 1.5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 lbs. boneless beef chuck roast, sliced into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1.5 tablespoons Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 5 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped and divided
  • 2 large celery stalks, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1.5-inch chunks
  • 3 small russet potatoes, sliced into 1-inch chunks
  • 8 oz. sliced baby Bella mushrooms
  • 1 cup frozen peas

Instructions

  1. First, begin by prepping your chuck roast. Cut the beef into 1 to 1.5-inch bite-sized pieces and then place into a large bowl.
  2. Next, mix together your beef stew seasoning by placing rosemary, pepper, thyme, onion powder, paprika, garlic powder, brown sugar, salt, and white whole wheat flour into a small bowl. Mix to combine and then sprinkle on top of beef chunks and toss to coat the beef.
  3. Turn on your Instant Pot’s saute feature and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. When the olive oil is fragrant, add half of the beef chunks to the pot. Brown beef chunks for 1.5-2 minutes, flip, and brown for another 15.-2 minutes. Then, remove the first batch of beef chunks and repeat with the remaining half. Once browned remove all beef from Instant Pot and set aside.
  4. Turn off the saute feature and deglaze the pot with red wine. Use a wooden utensil to scrape off all the brown bits on the bottom of your Instant Pot. This step is important for preventing the burn notice.
  5. Add beef broth, Worchestershire, balsamic vinegar, and tomato paste to the Instant Pot and whisk to combine.
  6. Next, create an herb bundle by using a piece of baker’s twine to tie together fresh rosemary and thyme. Add that into the liquid.
  7. Add minced garlic, half the white onion (you’ll use the other half later), and the seasoned beef. Make sure you get any leftover spices from the beef. Give everything a toss and then place the lid on your Instant Pot.
  8. Turn the valve to seal and turn your Instant Pot to manual > high > and set the timer to 20 minutes. It should take around 10 minutes to build enough pressure to start counting down from 20.
  9. Once the timer goes off, quick release and let the steam pour out. Open Instant Pot, remove herb bundle, and then add the remaining onion, celery, carrots, potato, and mushrooms. Give everything a toss and then place the lid back on your Instant Pot. Seal the valve > turn Instant Pot to manual > high > and set the timer to 2 minutes. Again, it will take some time for enough pressure to build before it starts to count down from 2.
  10. Once the timer goes off, quick release the Instant Pot and let the steam pour out. Open the lid and immediately add the frozen peas and stir. Let the beef stew sit for at least 5 minutes to thicken before serving.

Tips & Notes

  • Since all Instant Pot’s vary, you may need to cook the vegetables for additional time depending on how your veggies come out. Ours cooked perfectly after 2 minutes. If they still aren’t done, close the lid and cook longer.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/8 recipe
Calories: 379
Sugar: 7
Sodium: 454
Fat: 12
Carbohydrates: 24
Fiber: 4
Protein: 42
Cholesterol: 87

Author: Lee FunkeCategory: DinnerMethod: Instant PotCuisine: American

Keywords: instant pot beef stew

Photography: photos taken in this post are by Erin from The Wooden Skillet.