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Closeup overhead view of a ladleful of beef stew held above the instant pot.

Instant Pot Beef Stew

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  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


Make the best Instant Pot beef stew! Filled with bites of tender beef, veggies, and potatoes, cooked in rich gravy with savory herbs. It’s perfect for weeknights!


  • 2 pounds boneless beef chuck roast, cut into cubes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 pound potatoes
  • 1 pound carrots
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ cup tapioca starch
  • 1 ½ cups frozen peas, optional


  1. Sprinkle the beef with salt and pepper on all sides and set aside.
  2. Add the olive oil to the instant pot and set to saute mode. Working in batches, brown the meat pieces by cooking for 2-3 minutes on each side. Once all the meat is browned, remove it to a dish and set aside.
  3. If the oil has cooked away, add another tablespoon then add the onions to the hot oil and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic and cook stirring constantly until 1 minute more.
  5. Pour ½ cup of broth into the instant pot and use a spoon to deglaze the pan.
  6. Press cancel on the instant pot.
  7. Add the remaining broth, Worcestershire sauce, and tomato sauce. Stir to combine.
  8. Then add the cooked beef, potatoes, carrots, thyme, rosemary, and bay leaves to the pot.
  9. Place the lid on and set to the sealing position.
  10. Cook on manual high for 35 minutes. Once the cooking time has elapsed, allow the pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes. Then release the sealing valve.
  11. Turn on the saute mode again. Make a slurry of the starch and 4 tablespoons of water. Open the lid of the instant pot and stir in the starch until the sauce thickens. Press cancel.
  12. Stir in the frozen peas. Replace the lid and allow the stew to sit for about 5 minutes to warm the peas.

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