One-Pot Easy Beef Stew Recipe

One Pot Easy Beef Stew is an ultimate comfort food dinner. Cooking the Stew in an Instant Pot gives you all the flavors of the low and slow cooking, but at the fraction of the time. Simple ingredients, simple instructions and 10 minutes of your time is all that’s needed to make this delicious beef stew dinner.

Beef Stew made in an Instant Pot with Beef, Onions, Carrots, Tomato Sauce and Spices. No fancy ingredients, but super delicious! Serve with Mashed Potatoes, Rice or Pasta and you'll have the ultimate comfort food dinner experience!

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Among our other BEEF favorites are PERFECTLY SIMPLE POT ROAST, BEEF STROGANOFF, and BEEF WITH CARAMELIZED ONION AND MUSHROOM.

I shared a picture of this Beef Stew and mashed potatoes from a Sunday lunch at my sister’s a while ago and got so, so many messages asking for the recipe of this beef stew, that it only made sense that I share it here on the blog.

My sister is known for all things comfort food and if you’re at her house you’re likely to have the best mashed potatoes of your life (both mine and her favorite thing ever) and some sort of tenderly delicious meat.

Beef Stew made in an Instant Pot is an easy Pressure Cooker Comfort Food dish that is made of tenderly soft chunks of beef cooked in a simple tomato sauce. One Pot Dish, super easy, super delicious!

Make ahead Beef Stew

She made this beef stew in the oven by prepping everything (by everything I mean, cutting the meat in chunks, tossing with spices and loading the baking pan) in the evening on Saturday, and then just popping it in the oven before she left to church on Sunday.

When we came from church (3 hours later) the meat was pretty much done. By the time we cooked the mashed potatoes and made the salad, it was perfectly juicy, tender and all ready to be served.

Comfort Food

Whether you make this Beef Stew in the oven or like I did – in the Pressure Cooker, you can do the prep work ahead of time (a day ahead) and cook it before you need to serve it, OR you can cook it all the way until it is soft and tender, then cool and refrigerate to be reheated and served later. Either way, this Beef Stew is the kind of comfort food you definitely need this upcoming fall and winter season.

One Pot Easy Beef Stew made in an Instant Pot with Beef, Onions, Carrots, Tomato Sauce and Spices. No fancy ingredients, but super delicious! Serve with Mashed Potatoes, Rice or Pasta and you'll have the ultimate comfort food dinner experience!

Here’s why you shouldn’t brown the meat for One-Pot Beef Stew

For years, every time I made a beef stew recipe I would brown the beef chunks first, then add them with the rest of ingredients and cook. Everything out there tells you that you will get a lot better flavor if you do this step. BUT! Eating my sister’s beef stew I noticed no difference whatsoever in her stew and mine, so I say you’re totally ok to skip the typical browning step, at least in this recipe.

One-Pot Easy Beef Stew Recipe

Servings: 6

Ingredients for the Instant Pot Beef Stew

  • Best choice of beef for this recipe is beef chuck, but good quality stew meat is also good. Stew meat tends to be less tender than beef chuck, but it will also work.
  • Beef broth is a good substitute for water in this beef stew recipe.

Beef Stew made in an Instant Pot with Beef, Onions, Carrots, Tomato sauce and Spices. No fancy ingredients, but super delicious! Serve with Mashed Potatoes, Rice or Pasta and you'll have the ultimate comfort food dinner experience!

How to make this Easy Instant Pot Beef Stew

  • Combine all ingredients in the Instant Pot pressure cooker and stir to distribute the ingredients. Close with the lid and set the steam valve to “seal”. Set the pressure cooker to “Manual” on “High” and cook for 45 minutes.

Beef Stew made in an Instant Pot with Beef, Onions, Carrots, Tomato Sauce and Spices. No fancy ingredients, but super delicious! Serve with Mashed Potatoes, Rice or Pasta and you'll have the ultimate comfort food dinner experience!

Wonder what to serve the Pressure Cooker Beef Stew with, I got you!

One-Pot Easy Beef Stew Recipe

One Pot Easy Beef Stew is an ultimate comfort food dinner. Cooking the Stew in an Instant Pot gives you all the flavors of the low and slow cooking, but at the fraction of the time. Simple ingredients, simple instructions and 10 minutes of your time is all that's needed to make this delicious beef stew dinner.

Course Main Course, Main Entree
Cuisine American, Russian
Keyword beef stew, one-pot
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Natural Pressure Release Time 15 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 443 kcal
Author Marina | Let the Baking Begin

Ingredients

Liquids for Beef Stew

Instructions

How to make One Pot Easy Beef Stew (Instant Pot Method)

  1. Combine all ingredients except for the liquids in the insert of an Instant Pot and mix. Pour the liquid and stir again.

How long to cook One Pot Easy Beef Stew

  1. Cover with the lid and turn to seal. Turn the steam valve to "SEALING". 

    Press "Pressure Cook" OR "Manual" on "High Pressure", then increase time to 45 minutes. 

  2. Once 45 minutes has elapsed and the timer beeps, turn the pressure cooker off and allow the pressure to naturally release (about 10-15 minutes). Then throw a kitchen towel over the steam valve and release the rest of the pressure by turning the steam valve to "venting". 

How to Make One pot Easy Beef Stew (Oven Method)

  1. Combine all ingredients in a 9inx12in baking dish or a dutch oven, cover with foil/lid and cook for about 2.5-3 hours at 350F. To check for doneness, pierce with a fork, the meat should be soft and separate easy.

How to Make One pot Easy Beef Stew (Stovetop Method)

  1. For the stove top you have two options, either one works well. 

    Option 1 - For stovetop you can can either add all ingredient to the pot, cover with lid and simmer for about 3 hours or until the beef is fork tender.  

    Option 2 - Caramelize onions in a dutch oven with a couple tablespoons oil, add carrots and sautee a coupe minutes more. Add beef, seasoning, water and tomato paste, stir, cover with lid and cook for 3 hours or until fork tender.

How to make Crock Pot Easy Beef Stew

  1. Combine all ingredients but the water and tomato sauce and stir. Add the water and the tomato sauce and stir again. Cook on low for 7-8 hours, or on High for 3-4 hours or until the beef is fork tender. Try not to open the lid while cooking, to prevent heat from escaping, as this will increase the cooking time. 

Recipe Notes

How to speed up the cooking time:

  • Cut the beef chunks into smaller (1-inch pieces) pieces and set the cooking time to 30 minutes instead of 45. Then follow through with the rest of the directions. 
Nutrition Facts
One-Pot Easy Beef Stew Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 443 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 40%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 156mg 52%
Sodium 1362mg 57%
Potassium 981mg 28%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 44g 88%
Vitamin A 48%
Vitamin C 6.7%
Calcium 5.4%
Iron 30.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Here’s the original picture of this recipe that I shared on Instagram Stories a while ago, many will recognize it since I shared this recipe back then, too.

Simple Beef Stew made in an Instant Pot.

One Pot Easy Beef Stew is an ultimate comfort food dinner. Cooking the Stew in an Instant Pot gives you all the flavors of the low and slow cooking, but at the fraction of the time. Simple ingredients, simple instructions and 10 minutes of your time is all that's needed to make this delicious beef stew dinner.

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  • Yum! I need to try this sometime! Looks delicious!

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  • valentina

    hi i was wondering if i can use a crockpot Slow Cooker instead or is this recipe only for an instant pot?
    i was also wondering if you have any Slow Cooker recipes, i just bought one & cant find any good recipes to try.

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    • Hi Valentina,
      Sure thing, I added the instructions to the recipe card for the slow cooker too. Check it out 🙂
      If you want to see some of my favorite slow cooker recipes, check the tag HERE.

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  • Nat

    What an easy recipe, but I don’t have Instant Pot yet, so where can I find the recipe that will work in the oven?
    Thanks

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  • Vita

    I think you mentioned a way to prepare using the oven, how many minutes? And combine everything in a baking dish? Thank you. Looks amazing, seriously NEED to make this. I love simple but hearty dishes like this!

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    • Hi Vita,
      If making this in the oven, it would take about 3 hours. I added these directions to the printable recipe card. With the fall coming, we need all the comfort food we can get 😀
      Enjoy!

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