Beef Stew in the Instant Pot

You’ve probably heard of the Instant Pot ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

But these simple & easy to follow recipes work with any pressure cooker! All pressure cookers work on the same, simple principle: Steam pressure.

Within the sealed pot, the steam builds up therein to a very high pressure, which helps food cook much faster than other traditional methods, such as with crock pots and or ovens!

First, I want to say next time I am going to use the Instant Pot preset button for Beef Stew — this time I wanted to see “how” it would turn out using this method which was great. The meat was VERY tender which is the goal for me when I cook beef stew.

Beef Stew in Instant Pot


2 pounds beef stew meat
2 packets McCormick Stew Seasoning (or stew seasoning of your choice for 2 pounds meat)
4 cups water

Vegetables of your choice – I chose:
5 scrubbed medium-sized potatoes chopped (my family loves potatoes)
1 cup carrots chopped
1 onion chopped
4 stalks celery
1 cup raw green beans


Add first three ingredients to Instant Pot, secure lid and put valve into pressure (secure) setting. Select Manual – high pressure and adjust time for 45-minutes (wanted the meat to be really tender, next time going to test at 35-minutes to see if results are the same). After the cycle is complete allow to rest for 10-minutes before releasing pressure manually with valve (I got busy doing something else – beauty of the Instant Pot is it will continue to keep the food warm). Remove lid and stir. Add vegetables of your choice ensuring you stay below the maximum fill line put lid back on and secure the valve to pressure. Select manual again, and set time between 5 and 15 minutes, I selected 15-minutes because my family likes really tender vegetables in their stew, adjust to accommodate for you and your family. Allow to sit after cycle is complete for 10-minutes and release pressure. Serve and enjoy.

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