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Well, I’m so excited to share with you this easy Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe. The instant pot can get the job done. This beef stew pressure cooker recipe comes together in no time.

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So, if you’re like me and waited until the last minute for dinner, give this recipe a try! This easy pressure cooker beef stew recipe is hearty and full of tender beef, potatoes and vegetables. It tastes like it has been cooking all day, but it actually is ready in  minutes!

These is one of my absolute favorite easy recipes made in the instant pot.

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Easy Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe 

I have really been trying harder to menu plan and get organized. However, there are some days that it’s nearly dinner time and everything is still in the freezer.  Please tell me that you can release and I’m not alone!

My instant pot has been a life saver in these situations.  I can get the same tenderness from a crock pot but without having to cook it all day.  Didn’t take the meat out of the freezer? No worries! I have used thawed out meat and frozen meat in the instant pot and they both cook super fast.

Now, if you still don’t have an instant pot, I have a Quick & Easy Crock pot Beef Stew Recipe you will love, but you really need to jump on board with the Instant Pot. I’m telling you, it’s changed dinner time around here.

Amazon has several instant pots here and I absolutely love mine. I have the larger one and it’s perfect! You can also check out the electric pressure cookers too.

The meat is so tender that no one will believe you cooked it so quickly! It literally cuts with a fork as if it were slow cooked all day.

Let’s get started making Beef Stew Pressure Cooker Recipe!


  • Stew Meat
  • Frozen Green Beans
  • Carrots
  • Russet Potatoes
  • Onion
  • Bay Leaves
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Crushed Tomatoes
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Water

How to make Instant Pot Beef Stew: 

You are not going to believe how easy it is to make this instant pot recipe.

First in an Instant pot or electric pressure cooker place the stew meat and the potatoes on the bottom.

Then place the green beans, onions, and carrots on top of the beef and potatoes.

Next pour the can of crushed tomatoes into the instant pot and top with the Worcestershire sauce and the water. Finally season with salt and pepper.

Once all the ingredients have been added to the pressure cooker, place the lid on the instant pot and turn the valve on the top to the sealing position. Set the time for 20 minutes on high pressure. Note: If your meat is frozen, then cook it on high pressure for 25 minutes.

Allow the meal to cook in the instant and once finished, do a quick release by manually move the lid value from the sealing position to the venting position.

I recommend a quick release on this recipe so that the potatoes and the vegetables don’t become too soft.  If you use a natural release instead, the carrots and potatoes will likely be too soft after the cook time.

Finally remove the bay leaf and then allow the meal to sit for a a few minutes so that the sauce thickens and then serve immediately while it’s still warm.

With the cooking time and the time for the instant pot to come to pressure, this delicious beef stew is ready under 35 minutes!

Tips for the best Instant Pot Beef Stew: 

Generally I use beef stew meat for this recipe as it’s usually the most cost effective.  However, you can use a chuck roast or rump roast and cut it into 1 inch pieces before placing it in the pressure cooker.

Make sure that you dice the carrots and the potatoes into large pieces, if they’re diced too small, they will cook too quickly in the instant pot. I have also used sweet potatoes instead of Russet potatoes in this recipe and it’s delicious.

I usually don’t brown my stew meat for this beef stew recipe because I’m pretty lazy in the kitchen.  However, you can brown the stew meat on the sauté setting with 2 tsp of olive oil if you prefer.  Then scrap off the brown bits, add the other ingredients and switch the instant pot to the pressure cooker setting.

Generally, I use water for this beef stew recipe as the beef and other seasoning add a ton of flavor; however, you can use beef broth or add a beef bouillon cube to the ingredients to add more beef flavor based on your preference.

After the cook time, if the beef stew is too watery, switch the instant pot the sauté setting and allow for the excess liquid to cook off until the stew is the consistency that you prefer.

What to serve with Beef Stew: 

I love serving this pressure cooker beef stew recipe with my easy homemade corn bread recipe.  This recipe is easy to make and perfect with this beef stew recipe.

Plus here are some of my other favorite corn bread recipes:

If cornbread is not your thing, you can also serve these with delicious homemade rolls or this easy, delicious crusty bread recipe.

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Quick and Easy Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe

4.91 from 54 votes
Try this hearty Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe. It’s so easy and fast in your instant pot! Make this Beef Stew Pressure Cooker Recipe today!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Cuisine American
Course Instant Pot, Soup
Calories 338



  • In an Instant pot or electric pressure cooker place the stew meat and the potatoes on the bottom.
  • Place the green beans, onions, and carrots on top.
  • Pour the crushed tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce and the water on top. Season with the salt and pepper.
  • Cover and set the valve on the lid to the sealing position. Set the time for 20 minutes on high pressure.
  • Once finished, do a quick release by moving the valve on the lid from the sealing position to the venting position.
  • Allow it to sit for a few minutes before serving and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate leftovers in an air tight container for up to 5 days.  

Nutrition Facts

Serving 8g, Calories 338kcal, Carbohydrates 23g, Protein 41g, Fat 9g, Saturated Fat 3g, Cholesterol 105mg, Sodium 351mg, Potassium 1187mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 5g, Vitamin A 4223IU, Vitamin C 14mg, Calcium 85mg, Iron 5mg

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  1. I made this tonight my husband loved, it so did the only thing different I added a package of beef stew seasoning, and cooked for 35 minutes like it suggested on my insta pot

  2. 5 stars
    Love this recipe as is. Next time I will try adding minced garlic, more veggies and a lil less beef but only because I don’t want to go above the fill line.

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious! So happy I found this recipe on this blustery day! I only used a little over 2 lbs meat & next time, I’ll add more onions.

  4. 5 stars
    Love the beef stew. My boys usually don’t like cooked carrots but they love them in this stew.

  5. 5 stars
    I love homemade stew and it always tastes better the second day for lunch. Homemade is the best way.!

  6. 5 stars
    The beef stew recipe is a total hit with my crowd! We have it often especially on these cold winter days.

  7. 5 stars
    I made this beef stew on a cold day last week. I’m a little afraid if my instant pot but you made this easy to follow. It came out great and I’m going to try the ham and bean soup next.

  8. Made this, so good. I have introduced my newly married son and daughter in law to this group. They don’t know how to cook and this takes all the hard work away.

  9. 5 stars
    This is my “go to” when I need something fast. It’s so good and I can just use what I have on hand if I don’t have certain items. . I did have to cook my meat longer though, more like 30 minutes. Thank you so much for posting this recipe for us. I also think the Worcestershire sauce is the magic secret that makes it soooo good!