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5 from 3 votes

Instant Pot Beef Stew

This Instant Pot Beef Stew is the perfect simple and hearty meal for cold winter and fall days! So easy to make, bursting with flavor, and fork-tender beef.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Main
Cuisine: Irish
Servings: 6


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 pounds beef stewing meat cut into same size pieces
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 4 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup Guinness Draught Beer
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 3-4 large carrots peeled and chopped
  • 2 parsnips peeled and chopped
  • 1 pound Yukon gold potatoes peeled and chopped
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp Water


  • Select Sauté or browning on your Pressure Cooker and allow it to heat fully. Add oil and butter, then add beef, season with salt and pepper, and saute the meat until browned on all sides. Add onion and garlic, saute for 30 more seconds.
  • Add flour and tomato paste, stir. Pour in the beer and deglaze the cooking pot. Cook for 2 minutes, scraping the brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Add in beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, and bay leaves.
  • Stir in cubed potatoes, carrot, and parsnips.
  • Close the lid and steam valve of the Instant Pot. Cook at high pressure for 35 minutes, then natural pressure release, or do a quick release after 10 minutes of natural release.
  • Open the lid. Discard the bay leaves. Season to taste.
  • Press the saute button. Mix together the cornstarch and cold water in a small bowl and stir into the stew, letting it simmer until thickened.


  • Cut the potatoes, carrots, and parsnips into large chunks (about 1 1/2 inch cubes). 
  • You can also add frozen peas or other veggies to the stew.
  • I recommend cutting the stewing beef into similar sized chunks.
  • Natural release results in better meat texture.
  • I recommend using Guinness Draught Stout because it is less bitter than Guinness Extra Stout. 
  • Feel free to skip the beer if you can’t consume alcohol and use 3 cups of beef broth in total and add 1 more Tbsp of Worcestershire sauce. 
  • Red Wine can also be used instead of beer.


Calories: 349kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 924mg | Potassium: 1220mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 5329IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 6mg