Learn how to make the perfect instant pot beef stew in less than an hour and it tastes just like a Mississippi pot roast! The flavors of this meal make it taste like it’s been slowly simmered all day long. Serve it on a bed of egg noodles, with hot crusty bread, or over mashed potatoes!
A ladle full of instant pot beef stew on a bed of the fluffiest mashed potatoes.
Or noodles. Or served with hot, crusty bread and a side salad. I’m basically trying to say serve it however your heart desires.
Can we all just agree that a pot full of homemade stew tucked away in the refrigerator is something to look forward to when you’re slammed at work and see no light at the end of the proverbial tunnel? Or perhaps that’s just me. Just sit back, take a breather, and think about that beef stew that’s hearty to the brim, filled with tender chunks of beef, soul-warming, and utterly delicious just sitting there waiting for you to get home. The fat girl inside of me is dancing with joy.
Let that countdown begin! Then it’s beef stew + Netflix and chill time.
This homemade beef stew is pretty straightforward, if you can dump a bunch of ingredients into the instant pot, you can make this meal. In fact, it’s so painless I would even trust my husband to put it together. Mind you, his arsenal of recipes starts with fried eggs and ends with tea. Okay, I digress. Mostly what I’m trying to get across is that YOU can do this without much effort.
Of course, if you’re like me and root for the Maillard reaction team, you can easily take this instant pot beef stew recipe a little further. Season your beef chunks with a pinch of salt and pepper and then sear them off with a knob of butter to really brown the meat on the outside leaving you with the most tenders chunks of beef in your stew. Because really, has butter in moderation ever steered you wrong?
Never ever, ever.
Of course, this doesn’t have to be an instant pot beef stew. You can easily use this as a guideline and follow other oven-friendly recipes and let the glorious scents of beef stew torture you for the upwards of 4-5 hours. Admittedly, if you’re anything like me, the thought of having prepared comfort food ready to eat in 45 minutes is a hair more appealing than the natural smells promised by the oven method mentioned above.
Instant gratification: sniff your bowl and shove spoonfuls of bubbly, thick stew with mashed potatoes. Repeat often.
I’d like to point out that the inspiration for this beef stew recipe comes from the Mississippi pot roast recipe that Pinterest is all about. We’re using a whole packet of ranch seasoning along with 1/2 a cup of thinly sliced pepperoncini peppers that you can pick up in the condiment aisle of your grocery store.
True story: I’ve never made a Mississippi pot roast. One major problem I have with it: using a fattier cut like chuck roast along with one or sometimes two, sticks of butter scares the bejesus out of me. The other one? Using a packet of ‘au jus gravy mix’. Friends, when you sear that meat, then let it pressure cook with low sodium beef broth, along with Worcestershire sauce, and fresh vegetables, you can quickly develop those same flavors while skipping all the mystery ingredients and excessive salt that you get from a store bought gravy mix.
Depending on how thick you like your stew, play around with the amount of cornstarch listed. The first time I made this instant pot beef stew recipe, I used two tablespoons of cornstarch and found that it was a little thin for my taste. I like my stew on the thicker side, not like a bowl of soup. So three tablespoons of cornstarch is our sweet spot. Use this as a guideline though. If you find that you prefer a thicker gravy too, mix a little more cornstarch with water and pop you stew back onto the sauté setting and let it start bubbling. Then add in the slurry.