Easy Instant Pot Beef Stew

Beef Stew is probably one of the things I have been most excited about since getting an Instant Pot!  It is usually something I put in the slow cooker in the morning to enjoy for dinner.  Not with my Instant Pot!  When making Easy Instant Pot Beef Stew, I can be ready to eat in about an hour!  While beef stew is not the most complicated meal to make, I was looking for ways to make it even easier.  Since it is naturally gluten free and dairy free, it is a great meal for any one looking to eliminate one or both of those items from their diet.  In my allergy friendly Easy Instant Pot Beef Stew, I use baby potatoes and baby carrots so I do not even have to worry about veggie prep, but their full sized counterparts can easily be cut and used instead.
This is a meal that will please any crowd, and is naturally gluten free, dairy free, and allergy friendly.  It will please any crowd, whether or not they have food allergies or sensitivities.
Now, a word on browning meats in the Instant Pot.  While it can be done, and works extremely well, there is one drawback, the diameter of the Instant Pot stainless steel pot.  The smaller diameter means less surface area for you to use in order to brown your meat.  You may want to break out a larger frying pan to reduce the amount of time browning takes.  This of course comes with a tradeoff, something else to wash!  As long as you don’t mind taking a few extra minutes of browning tine, the Instant Pot will be happy to take care of it for you.
Yield: 8

Easy Instant Pot Beef Stew

Easy Instant Pot Beef Stew

An easy to make stew in in the Instant Pot Smart. This Easy Instant Pot Beef Stew is gluten free, dairy free, and free of the top 8/top 11 food allergens.

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 2 lb stew beef
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb baby carrots
  • 1-1.5 lb baby potatoes
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp parsley
  • 3 cups water or beef stock

Optional Ingredients

  • Corn
  • Celery


  1. Turn Instant Pot Smart on to Sauté , and use the Adjust button to increase the temperature to More. Add 2T of olive oil, and stew meat.
  2. Brown stew meat to desired color, then add 1 cup of water or beef stock. Gently scrape the bottom of the Instant Pot with a wooden spoon to remove any stuck on meat.
  3. Add the can of crushed tomato and stir.
  4. Add carrots, potatoes, and parsley.
  5. Add two more cups of water or beef stock. You may add more water or beef stock depending on how you like your beef stew, but remember not to fill the pot more than 2/3 full.
  6. Set Instant Pot to Meat/Stew. By default, this is a 35 minute cycle, and took about 20 minutes to come to pressure.
  7. If stew is not desired consistency, either add more water, or create a slurry of flour or corn starch and water. Turn Instant Pot to Sauté, and add slurry, stirring until desired consistency is reached. Liquid can also be reduced by simply turning Instant Pot to Sauté and waiting until desired consistency is reached.


In order to make this Easy Instant Pot Beef Stew even easier, I used baby carrots and baby potatoes.  You can of course cut and use their full size counterparts instead.  If you want to add corn, celery, or other quick cooking vegetables to your stew, turn Instant Pot to Sauté after natural release.  Add corn, celery, or other vegetables and cook for 10 -15 minutes before serving.  This Easy Instant Pot Beef Stew recipe is naturally gluten free, dairy free, and allergy friendly, and sure to please any crowd.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 447Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 387mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 7gSugar: 10gProtein: 43g

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