Instant Pot Beef Stew (Homemade Pressure Cooker) makes the perfect comforting dish on a cold day. Best of all, this one pot meal is full of tender meat with carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes and celery.


  • 1 1/2 - 2 pounds beef chuck roast , trimmed and cut into 1 - 2 inch chunks (OR beef stew meat if you can't find chuck roast)
  • 1 -2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning , divided
  • 1/3 cup flour , use gluten free as needed or 2 tablespoons almond flour for keto
  • cooking oil
  • 1 medium onion , cut into large chunks
  • 3-4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 6 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar or red wine
  • 4 medium Yukon potatoes , peeled and chopped into 1 inch chunks (sub with turnips (or large cauliflower florets for low carb / keto)
  • 1 large sweet potato peeled and chopped into 1 inch chunks (sub with pumpkin for low carb / keto)
  • 3 medium carrots , peeled and cut into thick slices (leave out for low carb / keto)
  • 2 ribs celery chopped
  • 1-2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4-5 cups beef broth , homemade or low sodium
  • water as needed to cover the vegetables
  • 1-2 Tablespoons fresh chopped parsley for garnish
  • 1/2 star anise , optional but adds SO much depth and flavor
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Make a slurry with 2 tablespoons cornstarch or flour , use arrow root powder (or 2 teaspoons xanthan gum for low carb) + 3 tablespoons cool water
  • Instant Pot , I have the 6 Quart DUO PLUS


  1. In a large zip-top bag, combine flour, salt, pepper, onion powder, and 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning. Add meat and shake until well coated.
  2. Browning the meat: (feel free to skip to step 5 and add all the ingredients together instead). Set the Instant Pot to SAUTE, add cooking oil and brown the meat on all sides. Meat will not be cooked through. (Be sure not to crowd the pot - you may have to work in batches). Transfer browned meat onto a large plate.
  3. Place the pot back in the pressure cooker and add onions and garlic and sauté for a minute or two then add the balsamic vinegar and tomato paste until just hot enough to deglaze the pot, about 1 minute.
  4. Add the beef back into the pot along with potatoes, sweet potato, carrots, celery, Worcestershire sauce, the remaining 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, bay leaf, beef broth and (star anise if using). Stir to combine. If there is not enough liquid to cover the vegetables, add water - only as much as needed.
  5. Cover and seal the lid and set to 20 minutes with High Pressure on Manual mode. Allow the pressure cooker to release naturally for at least 15 minutes. Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper if necessary (discard bay leaf and star anise if used). Serve hot with fresh parsley.


  1. Make a slurry by whisking 3 tablespoons of cool water with 2-3 tablespoons cornstarch or flour (all purpose, gluten free, arrow root starch or 2 teaspoons xanthan gum for low carb). Set the Instant Pot to SAUTE and allow the stew to come to a boil and thicken up.

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