Instant Pot Chunky Beef Stew

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Nothing satisfies like a warm, hearty beef stew. However, those flavorful and comforting aromas usually take at least a day to prepare. That’s why we love this recipe! When you use your Instant Pot, this beef stew can fill you up in a flash. You don’t even have to brown the meat first, like you do when using a slow cooker. The Instant Pot does it all. If you follow this simple recipe, your stew will be finished in less than an hour! So easy, and so delicious.

This Instant Pot chunky beef stew will quickly become a family favorite. Even picky eaters will love eating this full serving of veggies! Plus, you can also make extra and freeze the leftovers for even easier weekday meals. Perfect for those busy weeks. Feel free to customize by adding your own family-favorite seasonings if you like.

Instant Pot Chunky Beef Stew

Instant Pot Chunky Beef Stew

Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 1 cup | Calories: 278 | Total Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 726mg | Carbohydrates: 31g | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Protein: 23g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 7


  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 1 pound cubed lean beef stew meat
  • 2 large potato, diced into 1/2 inch cubes (skins can remain on or peeled off)
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and diced into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 32 ounces beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (optional for thickening)
  • 2 tablespoons water (optional for thickening)


  1. Plug in Instant Pot and press the "Saute" function. Press the "Adjust" button to change the temperature to high. Add the olive oil, and once hot, add the beef cubes and cook until the cubes just begin to brown. Add the potatoes, carrots, onion, and garlic. Continue to cook for about 5 more minutes.
  2. Stir in the beef broth, stirring constantly to scrap up any bits stuck to the bottom of the Instant Pot - these bits have a lot of flavor! Add the salt, pepper, thyme, and oregano. Press the "Cancel" button followed by the "Meat/Stew" button. If needed, press the "Adjust" button to change the pressure to medium and set the time for 25 minutes. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and lock into place, make sure the vent is sealed. The Instant Pot will preheat and start the cooking time once it is hot.
  3. After the 25 minutes is up, carefully vent the Instant Pot. The steam will be very hot! Whisk in the tomato paste. If using the cornstarch and water for a thicker stew, combine the cornstarch and water and whisk into the stew after the tomato paste. Press the "Saute" button and bring stew to a boil. Simmer for about 5 minutes to thicken. Serve with a chunk of crusty whole wheat bread and enjoy!

Are you in love with your Instant Pot? We have tons of recipes for you to try! Check out our Instant Pot 5-Ingredient Chicken Tacos, our Instant Pot Applesauce, and our Instant Pot Corned Beef Brisket!

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4 Comments on "Instant Pot Chunky Beef Stew"

  1. Geralyn  December 9, 2018

    This was really good! I had to thicken it quite a bit because I like my stew a bit thicker. I added peas at the same time as the tomato paste. It had really nice flavour.

    • Gale Compton  December 11, 2018

      Geralyn, Thank you so much for the feedback. Happy you enjoyed the recipe. 🙂

  2. Erin Zimmerman  December 23, 2019

    How long would you cook in a regular slow-cooker?

    • Nichole Furlong  January 2, 2020

      About 8 hours on low or 5 on high.


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