Best Instant Pot Beef Stew

The Best Ever Instant Pot Beef Stew

Best Ever Instant Pot Beef Stew – This easy-to-make Instant Pot Beef Stew is sure to become one of your favorite Instant Pot recipes!  Tender beef is simmered in a flavorful and hearty broth that’s packed with veggies! And we use Root Vegetables (turnips and parsnips) instead of potatoes.

I really enjoy my Instant Pot. I wanted to post a classic recipe, so here is a quick and easy beef stew.  It tastes like it’s been simmering away for hours, but it really takes less than an hour and most of the hard work is done in the Instant Pot.  Another great recipe that is relatively cheap to make.

Tips for success with The Best Ever Instant Pot Beef Stew:

  • Sear the meat first. Searing the beef instead of just tossing everything in the Instant Pot produces a much more flavorful stew.
  • Natural release the Instant Pot for the best results.  It’s a best practice to naturally release when you have really hot boiling liquids, such as this stew.
  • Make sure you add the cornstarch/cold-water mixture while the stew is still hot for the best thickening.
Instant Pot Beef Stew
Instant Pot Beef Stew

Root Vegetables instead of Potatoes

I think root vegetables (parsnips and turnips) give this dish, and quite frankly, most dishes a depth of flavor not found with potatoes. Root vegetables are low in calories and high in antioxidants. Each one contains a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. Some have nutrients in surprisingly high amounts, like calcium in turnips.

Turnips and Parsnips
Turnips (white) and Parsnips (yellow)

Parsnips and turnips are very nutritious. They have high vitamin content (parsnips have lots of vitamin C, turnips have a lot of vitamin A) and are relatively low-calorie, and are lower-carb alternatives to other root veggies like potatoes. But potatoes will work just as easily in this dish.

Best Instant Pot Beef Stew

The Best Ever Instant Pot Beef Stew

The Best Ever Instant Pot Beef Stew. Fall-apart tender beef in a rich, flavorful sauce! Loaded with veggies, comforting, and satisfying!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Instant Pot Cooking & Release: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Main Course, Stew
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beef Stew
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 489kcal


  • Instant Pot


  • 2 lbs boneless chuck roast cut into 1½ inch cubes
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 lb carrots cut into ½ inch pieces (no need to peel)
  • 2 Turnips peeled and chopped
  • 2 Parsnips peeled and chopped
  • 1 14.5 oz can beef broth
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 8oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas
  • Chopped parsley for garnish


  • Turn the Instant Pot to SAUTE.
  • Add 1 tbsp of oil.
  • Once the oil is hot add half of the beef in a single layer, and season with salt & pepper
  • Let the beef cook untouched for 4 to 5 minutes. Turn and continue searing, about 4 additional minutes.
  • Transfer the seared meat to a separate plate. Add 1 tbsp olive oil to the pot and sear the remaining beef and season with salt and pepper.
  • Remove the second batch of browned beef to the plate with the first batch of seared beef.
    Instant Pot Beef Stew
  • Add the remaining tablespoon olive oil and the onion to the Instant Pot.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion begins to soften and browns, about 6 minutes.
  • Add the garlic to the Instant Pot. Cook, stirring constantly until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Add the beef broth and use a spoon to scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Stir in the carrots, turnips, parsnips, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, thyme, and the browned beef.
  • Pour the diced tomatoes and stir to combine.
    Instant Pot Beef Stew
  • Close and seal the Instant Pot. Cook on high pressure for 35 minutes,
  • When finished pressure cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes.
  • Vent to release any remaining pressure, then open the lid.
  • Remove and discard the bay leaf.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water to create a slurry.
  • Add to the Instant Pot and stir until the stew thickens.
    Adding Green Peas
  • Add the peas and stir to warm through.
  • Serve hot, sprinkled with fresh parsley.



Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 489kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 955.7mg | Potassium: 400mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1250IU | Iron: 1.1mg
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8 thoughts on “The Best Ever Instant Pot Beef Stew”

  1. 5 stars
    Charlie, I have a instapot in its original packaging waiting in dusty desolation waiting to be used. You have inspired me to release it from its confinement and try your very clear and luscious recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    Thanks for the kind words. You will love the Instant Pot. It’s not for everyday use, but it is great for several kitchen tasks. Anything you did in a Crock Pot, you can do in the Instant Pot. Great for cooking dry beans, no more soaking overnight. I’ll bet you really like it and will figure out ways to use it!

  3. 5 stars
    Constructive criticism: If you write “season to taste” with salt and pepper, the recipe becomes innaccessable to non-cooks trying to learn who don’t have a practiced sense of how much to use. Please specify an amount ex 1/4 tsp or 2 tsp salt. Thanks!

  4. Ryan, thanks for your comments. I have always written “to taste” for salt & pepper. Salt, especially, can be a very personal ingredient. Some people can’t have salt in their diets, and others have to limit sodium intake. I know people that like to over-salt their food. The range is so wide, I leave that ingredient up to whomever is preparing the recipe. In my own family, I have divergent views of seasoning recipes with salt & pepper. So, although I do understand what you are saying, I will continue to use the term “to taste” for salt & pepper. Everybody is different and I recognize that fact. Have a great week & thanks for taking the time to comment.

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