5 from 4 votes
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!
One-Pot Easy Beef Stew Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Natural Pressure Release Time
15 mins
Total Time
55 mins

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
Servings: 5
Calories: 443 kcal
Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin
Liquids for Beef Stew
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

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Nutrition Facts
One-Pot Easy Beef Stew Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 443 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 156mg52%
Sodium 1362mg59%
Potassium 981mg28%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 44g88%
Vitamin A 2400IU48%
Vitamin C 5.5mg7%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 5.4mg30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.