Instant Pot Beef Stew, a classic beef stew with pressure cooker and slow cooker instructions. It offers hearty and chunky bites of vegetables, and tender beef.
When you just need a cozy bowl of hearty and delicious beef stew, this is the recipe to try. It is simple to make, full of flavor, and chock full of vegetables and tender beef.
Instant Pot or Crock Pot Beef Stew
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When it comes to beef stew, the three things you really want most are:
- Tender beef
- Chunky and hearty
- Full flavor
This instant pot or slow cooker beef stew hits that trifecta, and does it in a no fuss way that makes it a great family dinner because you can set it and forget it and let the instant pot or slow cooker do the rest.
How do you thicken Beef Stew?
There are a few ways to thicken a stew. I chose to use a slurry made from some of the broth in the stew, and corn starch. You whisk it together, then add it back into the stew bowl, and let it cook for a few more minutes to cook down and thicken. You have to give it some time to thicken.
Another option is to add additional potatoes, and then scoop some of them out, and blend them up into a paste, then add them back in and let them act as a natural thickener. This is a great option if you don’t or can’t use corn starch as a thickener.
What is the best meat for Beef Stew?
The best meat for beef stew is usually going to be a chuck, chuck roast, chuck shoulder, or some other variation of chuck. They have good marbling, are a fairly inexpensive cut, and will get nice and tender while being flavorful. But you can also use bottom eye, bottom round, rump, or even an English pot roast.
If you are at the store and looking at the meat section, look for something that says “stew meat” and that should do it! Or ask your butcher what he/she recommends.
Instant Pot Tips:
This recipe can be cooked in the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker, When cooking in the instant pot keep these things in mind:
- Deglaze your pot after you sear the beef chunks. If you don’t the pot may read “burn” and not allow it to come to pressure. Deglazing means pouring a little liquid into the bottom while it is still heating on sear, and using a wooden spoon to scrape off the brown bits.
- Natural release pressure so you do not lose moisture in your beef. Make sure you plan enough time to allow for the pot to both come up to pressure and release pressure.
- Speed up the process of the pot coming to pressure by warming your liquids before adding them to the pot.
Other recipes you will love:
- Irish Soda Bread, great served with this beef stew.
- Spinach Berry Salad, a fantastic side to make this a complete dinner
- Creamy Orzo Chicken Soup, another cozy soup great for chilly weather.
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