Instant Pot Beef Stew with a Secret Ingredient (The ULTIMATE Comfort Food!)

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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!

This is the BEST recipe for Instant Pot Beef Stew. Horseradish, Worcestershire, and wine make a world of difference in how flavorful this stew recipe is!

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1 teaspoon oil
1 pound stew meat cut into 1 inch chunks
1 small onion minced
2 cloves garlic minced
1/2 cup dry red wine or beef stock
3 cups beef stock see note
1 cup crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoon horseradish
1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3 cups baby potatoes or potatoes cut into 1 inch cubes
2 cups carrots cut into 1 inch chunks
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon dried thyme or 2 fresh sprigs
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon corn starch see note
3 tablespoons water

Turn the Instant Pot to Saute and allow to heat up. Once Instant Pot is heated, add in oil.
Season beef on all sides liberally with salt and pepper.
Add seasoned beef and chopped onion to pressure cooker and let cook on all sides until beef is browned on all sides. Once meat is nearly fully browned, adds in the minced garlic and saute for 1 minute longer, being careful to not burn the garlic.
Add in red wine and scrape up any browned bits of liquid on bottom of pressure cooker. Turn the Instant Pot off.
Add in beef stock,potatoes, carrots, crushed tomatoes, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, bay leaf, fresh thyme, and a pinch of salt. Stir to incorporate sauce.
put lid on instant pot and be sure vent knob is closed to seal in pressure.
Set to manual pressure for 30 minutes. To do this, hit pressure cook or manual and adjust cook time using +/- buttons. If you have the Ultra model, hit ultra and then adjust to high pressure and then set cook time to 30 minutes.
Once cook time has elapsed, allow pressure cooker to release pressure naturally or for AT LEAST 15 minutes.
Once pressure has been released, open up pressure cooker, remove bay leaf and thyme sprigs. Hit cancel on pressure cooker (to turn off keep warm function) and turn back to saute.
Whisk together the water and cornstarch and then whisk into beef stew. Allow to bubble and thicken to desired consistency. Taste and season with salt if needed.

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