Pressure Cooker Beef Stew Recipe | 35 Minute Meal

Hearty pressure cooker beef stew made with carrots, potatoes, and onion cooked in beef stock and red wine cooks in 35 minutes!  

Hearty pressure cooker beef stew in a brown bowl

Pressure Cooker Beef Stew

Have you jumped on the pressure cooker bandwagon?  I finally picked up an Instant Pot and I LOVE it!  It’s the coolest kitchen toy EVER! I know, I know, you already have a slow cooker, and so do I.

The difference is you will get slow cooked meal results in about a quarter of the time it takes to cook dishes in the oven, stovetop or slow cooker. Seriously, it’s so cool!  

We’ve tested boiled eggs, which were perfectly cooked in just 10 minutes (5 minutes to pressurize and another 5 to cook). Next, I tried my Kalua Pork Slow Cooked Recipe, a simple meal that typically takes 5-6 hours to cook.  

Guess how many minutes it took to make in an Instant Pot? An hour, 60 minutes!


Pressure Cooker Beef Stew with potatoes and carrots


Old-fashioned beef stew recipe is ready in 35 minutes!

The traditional method when making a stew takes hours for the meat to tenderize.  The exact same tender results will only take 35 minutes in a pressure cooker!

There is another feature that I think is worth mentioning.  The Instant Pot has a sauté mode, so you can brown meats in the pot, truly using just one pot to cook a complete meal!

beef stew searing in an instant pot

Pressure cooker stew – chop/dice meat and vegetables, sauté , then pressurize!

For this recipe the meat isn’t dredged in flour.  Simply brown the chunks of meat in some oil.  Don’t crowd the beef by cooking it all at once either.

First, season the beef with salt and pepper, and then sauté in 2-3 batches.  Once all of the beef is browned then return the meat to the pot.

At this point you will have some caramelized pieces on the bottom of the pot.  Add a little broth or wine and scrape it up with a wooden spoon.

vegetable and beef in an instant pot

Next add the veggies and the remaining beef broth, wine and spices, then press the meat/stew button. Step away and go ahead and pour yourself a glass of wine.

Want to enjoy a lower carb version of this pressure cooker beef stew?  Leave out the potatoes and serve with Mock Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes and low carb cheddar biscuits.

To stay traditional, enjoy with easy skillet cornbread or this easy skillet cornbread.  

pressure cooker beef stew in a bowl with carrots
Hearty Beef Stew Pressure Cooker Recipe only takes 35 minutes to cook using an Instant Pot! #instantpot #beef #stew |

Beef Stew Pressure Cooker

Traditional beef stew recipe with a quick cooking method by using a pressure cooker. Quick and easy comfort food.
4.71 from 31 votes
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Course: Main Dish
Keyword: beef stew, pressure cooker stew, stew
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 446kcal
Author: Sandra @ The Foodie Affair


  • 2 pounds beef stew meat cut in 1 inch pieces seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 2 medium potatoes peeled and diced in 1 inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion peeled and chopped
  • 4 garlic gloves minced
  • 5 medium carrots cut in 1 inch pieces
  • 3 cups beef stock or broth
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 6 ounce tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Herbs de Provence blend
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper


  • Turn Instant Pot to Saute mode. Add oil and brown meat in a single layer. Brown on all sides in batches if necessary and add more oil if needed.
  • Add all ingredients to the Instant Pot and gently stir. Cover, lock pot and move valve to steam. Push the meat/stew mode button. The automatic timer is set for 35 minutes. Once done, the pressure will gently release unlocking the pot. Gently remove, stir, and season with salt and pepper.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 446kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 512mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g


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  1. Just tried this recipe in my Ninja Foodi and the meat was great. However, all of the vegetables were WAY over cooked! I feel like 20 or 25 minutes of pressure would have been plenty. Is that a Foodi vs IP issue, or did anyone else find that to be the case?

    1. I’m trying it right now in my Ninja Foodi. I wish I would have known this about the vegetables… we will see!

    2. I did this in my Ninja foodi. I pressured the meat for 20 min. then put the vegetables in for 5 more min. under pressure and it turned out great>

  2. I still don’t have an IP, but this recipe will work perfectly in my old school Dutch Oven! I love the fact that this recipe is so clean – no flour – just veggies and meat. Oh, and the red wine is the perfect touch! Can’t wait to taste this stew!

  3. I will admit that I choose my crockpot over a pressure cooker because it scares me. I have the old school one but I think I need to buck up and buy a new electric one so I can use it more!

  4. I think that’s why I love the IP so much, the sauté function! Taking those few extra minutes makes all the difference in the world. And using it for this stew will be the next meal I make! Thank you for a lovely recipe!!

  5. I think you’ve just sold me on the Instant Pot by mentioning the saute mode! I always brown my meat before it goes into the slow cooker! Beef stew is just the perfect comfort food!

  6. I think I’m the only person in the world who still doesn’t have an Instant Pot! I’m going to have to pick one up for this fall, because this stew is calling my name! 🙂