Instant pot Steak and Potatoes Beef Stew recipe is the perfect weeknight meal. It’s a fun twist on traditional beef stew, but still simple, easy and delicious.

Beef and Potato Stew in a white bowl.

Instant pot Steak and Potatoes Beef Stew recipe

We all love beef stew and it is even better in the instant pot! It is truly comfort food at its best. The beef is so tender that you can cut it with a fork. The potatoes and carrots are packed with flavor.

It really does not get any better than this delicious instant pot beef stew. All the ingredients cook in the instant pot to make a hearty meal. The steak is tasty and the potatoes come out fork tender.

We all have crazy schedules and dinner time can be tricky. However, this recipe is so easy and requires such little time to prepare and cook.

Beef and Potato Stew in a white bowl with two spoons on the side

Instant Pot Steak and Potatoes Stew:

I am using an 8 quart Instant pot but you can use a 6 quart if you prefer. We also used our instant pot to make another simple meal, Instant Pot Steak and Potatoes. I love having simple recipes I can throw together quickly.

It really helps on busy nights. Using the instant pot has been a game changer for my family. It is perfect to use when I didn’t set anything out but I have a freezer meal prepare.

No worries if you do not have a an instant pot yet. You can try Crock Pot Steak and Potatoes Beef Stew Recipe.

What Kind of Meat do you use Beef Stew?

The nice thing about stew is you can use tougher more inexpensive cuts of meat. If you cannot find stew meat, you can use round steak and cut them into bite size pieces.

You can also use roast or even a bottom roast. It will all turn out great. Another idea is to make Ground Beef and Potato Stew. It will change the texture but might be a nice change.

We have even made Beef stew with red wine for a little bit different flavor. It is a lightly different but delicious flavor. No matter the meat you use, instant pot steak stew is a family favorite.

How do you make beef stew meat tender?

Just use the instant pot and you will have tender meat. It will be out of this world.

The beef stew meat will fall apart with just your fork thanks to the pressure cooker.

What kind of potatoes are best for beef stew?

We used russet potatoes, but Yukon gold or red potatoes will also work well.

Ingredients needed - stew meat, red onion, potatoes, minced garlic, steak seasoning, steak sauce, beef broth, corn starch, bay leaves

Ingredients

  • Stew Meat
  • Red Onion
  • Potatoes
  • Minced Garlic
  • Steak Seasoning
  • A1 Steak Sauce (any brown steak sauce will do)
  • Beef Broth
  • Corn Starch
  • Water
  • You can also add in 2 bay leaves (optional)

How to make Instant Pot Steak Stew:

  • Chop up the red onion and the Yukon gold potatoes into bite size chunks. You want them bigger but you want to be able to eat them in one bite.
  • Place the vegetables in the Instant pot and add the beef.
  • Season with the minced garlic, steak seasoning.
  • Pour the A1 steak sauce and the beef broth over it.
  • Stir to combine then add the lid. Lock the lid and make sure the top is set to sealing.
Uncooked beef and potatoes in the instant pot
  • Press the manual button and set the cooking time on high pressure for 10 minutes.
  • Once finished, allow it to release naturally for at least 10 or 15  minutes and then do the quick release to release pressure.
  • Combine the cornstarch and cold water together in a small bowl. Switch the instant pot to the sauté setting and stir the cornstarch mixture into the instant pot. Cook for 3-5 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  • Remove the lid and serve. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Sometimes I add a little Worcestershire sauce.

Tips for the best Beef Stew

  • Use the Natural Release. I do not recommend doing a quick release to release the remaining pressure. You will want the natural release to help make the stew meat tender.
  • How to thicken the sauce. Use Cold Water for the cornstarch slurry to thicken the stew. This one extra step really makes the beef stew even better.
  • Cut Your potatoes bigger than you think. Since the potatoes will cook faster than the beef, you will want them quite large so they don’t turn into mush in the Instant pot.

Can I Brown Stew Meat before adding to Instant Pot?

Yes, you can brown the meat on both sides before putting in the instant pot if you prefer. But I like to use the sauté function on the Instant Pot.

  • First drizzle in some olive oil to brown the beef first and then the brown bits just add extra flavor to the beef stew.
  • You add the onion when you are browning the beef for even more flavor. It’s totally optional.

Variation Ideas:

  • Stove Top Option – You can make Beef and potato stew stove top version but just note it is usually not as tender. It is still yummy though.
  • Add in Vegetables – Add in some of your favorite vegetables. We recommend carrots, celery and frozen peas.
  • Use Different Meat – Instead of stew meat you can use a chuck roast.
Beef and Potato Stew in a white bowl with a black spoon

What to serve with Beef Stew

  • Breadstick – My favorite thing is to dip bread sticks in the stew. It’s the best and makes for such a hearty meal.
  • Make Dinner Rolls – Sometimes, I pick a loaf up at the bakery. If I have extra time, I sometimes make Easy Homemade Dinner Rolls.
  • Corn Bread – This recipe is also delicious with Homemade Cornbread

The entire family will enjoy this Easy Beef and Potato Stew!

Beef and Potato Stew in a white bowl.

Pressure Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

Try Beef stew with potatoes for a quick meal that does not disappoint. You can have dinner on the table in about 30 minutes making this beef stew in the Instant Pot.

The steak sauce with the beef stock in this easy beef stew recipe is what makes this simple recipe completely packed with flavor! It has a delicious kick that keeps you comping back for more.

You may even want to make a double batch because it tastes amazing left over as well!

I love when we have leftovers. My kids like when I mash the leftover potatoes with the beef broth the next day.

Print this Pressure Cooker Steak and Potatoes Stew recipe below:

Steak and Potatoes Beef Stew Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Recipe

4.84 from 12 votes
The entire family will enjoy Instant pot Steak and Potatoes Beef Stew recipe. This easy Steak and Potatoes Stew is simple and easy to make. Dinner will be ready in no time at all.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 8 servings
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 274
Author Carrie Barnard

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs stew meat
  • 1/2 red onion (diced)
  • 4 potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Steak seasoning
  • 1/2 cup A1 steak sauce
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  • Chop up the red onion and the potatoes into bite size chunks. You want them bigger, but you want to be able to eat them in one bite.
  • Place them in the Instant pot.
  • Top with the stew meat.
  • Season with the minced garlic and steak seasoning.
  • Pour the A1 steak sauce and the beef broth over the top of these ingredients.
  • Stir to combine. Add the lid make sure the top is set to sealing.
  • Press the manual button and set the pressure on high for 10 minutes.
  • Once finished, allow it to do the natural release for at least 10 minutes and then do the quick release to finish releasing the pressure.
  • Stir together the water and cornstarch. Switch the instant pot to the sauté setting and stir in this cornstarch mixture. Heat for 3-5 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  • Remove the live and serve in bowls with your favorite crusty bread for a complete dinner idea.

Recipe Notes

The times listed in this recipe are for thawed out meat.  This recipe can be made with frozen stew meat as well.  If using frozen meat, cook for 15 minutes with a 10 minute natural release and then do a quick release after this time.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 274kcal, Carbohydrates 25g, Protein 28g, Fat 6g, Saturated Fat 2g, Cholesterol 70mg, Sodium 536mg, Potassium 924mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 2g, Vitamin A 58IU, Vitamin C 8mg, Calcium 49mg, Iron 4mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This one was a winner here. Easy to cook and fast! The only thing I will change next time is to season the meat. Once the stew was cooked the meat morsels were a bit bland so I will preseason before I brown next time. I browned my meat in the pressure cooker prior to cooking.

  2. 5 stars
    Awesome recipe

    If I want to double amount, should I just double volume of all ingredients ? Or should make any adjustments to recipe to make twice volume?

  3. Thank you! What do you think about time, if double amount of everything? would you mean please tell If I need alter cooking time in that case?

  4. I would increase the cook time by 5 minutes and check it after that. You can cook it in additional 5 minute intervals until done from there. Thanks!

  5. My husband will LOVE this!!! Carrie, I’m wondering if I make this in the crockpot, do I need to make any changes besides cook time?