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Bowl of instant pot beef stew with a piece of bread.

Instant Pot Beef Stew

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  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 1x
  • Category: Beef
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


This easy instant pot beef stew with a rich, tomatoey broth and lots of spices is a classic weeknight dinner you’ll love.


  • 2 lbs. beef chuck roast, cut into 2” cubes
  • 1 tablespoon of  sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon of dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon of onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/4  teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups celery, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 large carrots, cut into 12” slices
  • 1 lb. bag of baby potatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 cups beef bone broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup frozen sweet peas
  • salt to taste
  • optional to thicken: 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of water


  1. To a small bowl add salt, dried rosemary, dried sage, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, black pepper and ancho chili powder. Mix together.
  2. Pat beef chuck cubes dry with a paper towel and then add them to a bowl. Season beef cubes with the spice rub. Toss to completely coat each of the beef cubes.
  3. Turn on the Instant Pot and set to Saute mode on High for 15 minutes.
  4. Add in 1 tablespoon of avocado oil as well as half the beef cubes. Sear for 2-3 minutes per side or until slightly browned. Remove the beef cubes  from the instant pot and put on a plate. Repeat process.
  5. Once all beef is seared, immediately add in onions, celery and garlic to the instant pot. Saute for 3-4 minutes or until the onions are translucent.
  6. Now, add the beef back to the instant pot along with the potatoes, carrots, tomato sauce, beef broth and tomato paste. Slowly, using a large spoon, mix everything together until it’s all combined and coated.
  7. Cancel the Saute mode. Turn on Pressure Cooker mode on HIGH for 30 minutes. Once it’s done, do a natural release for 10 minutes. Then press the pressure release valve to let the rest of the steam out.
  8. Take the cover off. Turn the the pressure cooker mode off and turn saute mode back on for 2 minutes.
  9. Add in the peas and stir. (Note: if you want it thicker now would be the time to add the cornstarch slurry) Season with salt as needed.
  10. Serve.