Beef Stew in Instant Pot

Recipe is include in the more information bar beneath the video. First, I want to say next time I am going to use the Instant Pot preset button for Beef Stew — this time I wanted to see “how” it would turn out using this method which was great. The meat was VERY tender always the goal for me when I cook beef stew.


  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 2 packets McCormick Stew Seasoning (or stew seasoning of your choice for 2 pounds meat)
  • 4 cups water

Vegetables of your choice – I chose:

  • 5 scrubbed medium-sized potatoes chopped (my family loves potatoes)
  • 1 cup carrots chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 1 cup raw green beans


  • Add first three ingredients to Instant Pot, secure lid and put valve into pressure (secure) setting.
  • Select Manual – high pressure and adjust time for 45-minutes (wanted the meat to be really tender, next time going to test at 35-minutes to see if results are the same).
  • After the cycle is complete allow to rest for 10-minutes before releasing pressure manually with valve (I got busy doing something else – beauty of the Instant Pot is it will continue to keep the food warm).
  • Remove lid and stir. Add vegetables of your choice ensuring you stay below the maximum fill line, put lid back on and secure the valve to pressure.
  • Select manual again, and set time between 5 and 15 minutes, I selected 15-minutes because my family likes really tender vegetables in their stew, adjust to accommodate for you and your family.
  • Allow to sit after cycle is complete for 10-minutes and release pressure. Serve and enjoy.

Readers’ comments

Robin says:

Yes, I think I can help you.
The Instant-pot is much like a rice cooker.


We like multi-grain rice.
I experimented with several different water-rice ratios and came up with a 1:1 ratio of rice to water.

For every cup of multi-grain rice, I place the same amount of water into the pot. I usually make 10 cups of rice at a time. That would be 10 cups of raw rice to which I add 10 cups of water. Then I just hit the ‘MULTI-GRAIN’ rice button.

These instructions would also be used for brown rice; a 1:1 ratio. However, you would still use the ‘MULTI-GRAIN’ button; because brown rice takes longer to cook than white rice.

For white rice you would also use a 1:1 ratio, one cup of rice (using the cup that came with your cooker), then adding one cup of water. Then you would simply push the ‘RICE’ button, because white rice does not take as long to cook.

Hope this helps!

Pogonip says:

Mary Walker Reply:
I have my first beef stew in the IP right now. I didn’t have the McCormick stew seasoning so I used Lipton Onion Soup mix. Wondering how I’m going to thicken the gravy. I can smell it because I sauteed the beef and onions prior to pressure cooking. Anxious to see how it will turn out.

Janet Reply:
Mary, looks like we’ll have the same thing for dinner tonight! I’m going to start mine a little closer to our EST dinner time though. I think I’ll add a little flour at the end (in a roue) to thicken the gravy.



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