Instant Pot Beef Stew

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


This Instant Pot Beef Stew with carrots and potatoes is so delicious and cozy, and perfect for when you need a slightly quicker stew.


  • 2 lbs. stewing beef, in 1-inch chunks
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp. cooking oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 medium carrots, peeled and cut in 1 and ½ inch chunks
  • 4 medium baking potatoes, in 1 and ½ inch chunks
  • 3 and ½ cups low-sodium beef stock, divided
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour


  1. Season the beef with the salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  2. Set the Instant Pot to sauté on high. Add the oil. Once heated, add the beef in a single layer. If necessary, do this in two batches, adding more oil if needed. Cook until browned on one side, 3-4 minutes, then stir and cook until a bit more browned, 2-3 minutes more. Add the onion and cook stirring occasionally for 3 minutes.
  3. Drizzle in 1 cup of the beef stock and scrape the bottom of the pot to make sure that nothing is stuck to the bottom (if anything is stuck at all it can cause the Instant Pot to stop cooking due to a Burn notice during the pressure cooking stage).
  4. Add the carrots, potatoes, and an additional 1 and 1/2 cups of the beef stock. Stir.
  5. Put on the Instant Pot lid and make sure the knob is set to Sealing.
  6. Set the Instant Pot to cook on high pressure for 7 minutes.
  7. Once it has reached pressure and pressure-cooked for the 7 minutes, leave the knob at Sealing and allow it to do a natural release for 10 minutes. Then turn the knob to Venting and allow remaining pressure to release. Once the pressure valve has dropped, remove lid. Stir.
  8. Measure the flour into a jar. Add the remaining 1 cup of beef stock. Put lid on jar and shake until fully combined and smooth. Stir into the Instant Pot stew mixture.
  9. Set the Instant Pot to sauté and cook while stirring until it simmers and thickens.
  10. Immediately remove the inner pot of the Instant Pot so that it stops cooking. Stir again. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if desired.