Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker @whiteonrice
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Amazing Beef Stew (Instant Pot, Slow Cooker)

Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
If it’s your first time using the Instant Pot, it always takes about 10-15 minutes for the Instant Pot to come to pressure. Once that happens, it will cook for 45 minutes. So anticipate total cooking time to be about 1 hour for Instant Pot. We tested this recipe with frozen beef and it still turned out tender and perfect! Our recipe is more saucy because we love sauce! If you want less sauce you can always add less tomato sauce.


  • 2 pounds chuck roast , cut into bite sized pieces or beef stew meat
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil or butter
  • 1 medium onion , chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced or crushed
  • 4 carrots , cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 pound potatoes , cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 stalks celery , chopped
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 14 ounces tomato sauce  (about 1 3/4 cups)
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil or your favorite herb
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt ,
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 3 Tablespoons water


For Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker)

  1. Turn Instant Pot on "Sauté" setting and add the olive oil or melt the butter in the pot. Optional for additional beef caramelization: Add the beef and sauté until browned on all sides (if quicker method is desired, just add the beef in with the carrots & potatoes).
  2. Add onions and garlic. Sauté for 3-5 minutes or until tender and slightly browned.
  3. Add the carrots, potatoes, celery, beef broth, tomato sauce, soy sauce/Worcestershire, dried basil, sugar, salt and black pepper. Gently stir everything to combine well
  4. Close the lid, close the lid vent, and pressure cook on high pressure for 45 minutes. (These are the steps we did for our Instant Pot- Press "Cancel" to stop the "Sauté" setting. Press the "Manual" button. Set the time to 45 minutes.)
  5. After the cooking time is complete, press "Cancel" and carefully release the pressure.  Whisk together the cornstarch and water until smooth.
  6. Once pressure completely releases, open lid and add the corn starch/water mixture. Gently stir the beef stew and close the lid for about 5 minutes for the gravy to thicken. Once stew thickens, enjoy!

For Slow Cooker

  1. Combine all ingredient except water & cornstarch in slow cooker (beef, olive oil, onion, garlic, carrots, potatoes, broth, tomato sauce, soy/Worcestershire sauce, herbs, sugar, salt, and pepper). 

  2. Cover and cook the stew on low for 7 hours or about 4 hours on high.

  3. Whisk together the cornstarch and water until smooth. Stir into the beef stew, cover with the lid, and cook for about 5 minutes or until it slightly thickens the stew. Enjoy!

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