Healthy Instant Pot Beef Stew (or Slow Cooker)

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Everyone's favorite comfort meal made in under an hour. This Instant Pot Beef Stew is healthy, delicious, and couldn't be easier.

I had a love/hate relationship with beef stew until I broke down and bought an Instant Pot. Now that I can cook it in under an hour, it's all love. My problem with beef stew in the past was that it took hours to cook and whenever the craving struck, it was already to late to start the process. You know the kind of day I mean. You come home from work and really crave something comforting like beef stew, only to realize there is no way that you can make unless you want to eat at midnight. Luckily the Instant Pot solved that problem.

Now when it comes to the beef stew, I am a bit of a traditionalist and like to stick to the basics - beef, carrots, potatoes, celery, and onion. Now you could definitely jazz things up and throw in some mushrooms, peas, parsnips, sweet potatoes, or any other hearty vegetable you like. I also stick to a pretty traditional spice blend but you could defintiely kick that up as well. Add some allspice, cinnamon, curry powder, or chili powder to take your stew in a different direction.

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Healthy Instant Pot Beef Stew (or Slow Cooker)

Healthy Instant Pot Beef Stew (or Slow Cooker)

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  • 1 1/2 lb lean stewing beef, cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 U garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 U bay leaves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1 lb carrots, chopped
  • 1 lb potatoes, chopped
  • 1 U onion, diced
  • 2 U celery ribs, chopped

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Season the beef with salt and pepper. Toss with flour.


Place the oil in the Instant Pot and turn on to the "Saute" mode. Once the oil is hot, add the beef and brown all on sides, letting the meat caramelize and brown before turning it.


Add the beef broth to the pot and use a wooden spoon to scrape up any bits on the bottom of the pan. Then add the Worcestershire sauce, garlic cloves, bay leaves, salt, sugar, paprika, pepper, and thyme. Stir so that the spices are incorporated into the broth.


Add the remaining ingredients and stir. Add the lid and close the steam valve. Press the "meat/stew" button or set the timer to 35 minutes on high pressure. After the 35 minutes, let the pressure release naturally. Once the pressure is released, release the steam valve and open the lid carefully. Season with salt and pepper if needed.


Slow Cooker: Add everything to the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours.

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Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1.5 cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 304
Calories from Fat 74
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 72mg
Sodium 845mg
Total Carbohydrate 29g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 7g
Protein 30g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

Healthy Instant Pot Beef Stew (or Slow Cooker)
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January 10, 2019 - 10:11
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Made this last night, but with a few changes. Instead of 3 cups broth I did 2 3/4 cup broth and a 1/4 cup of red wine, added 2 tbsp of soy sauce, 2 tbsp of tomato paste, forgot the onions and did not add sugar, paprika or thyme. At the end I put it back on saute and added a slurry of 2 tbsp cornstarch and a bit of water to thicken the gravy a bit. It was fantastic, and my family loved it!!!
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November 6, 2018 - 14:09
Can I add mushrooms to this? Maybe high pressure 30 minutes, QR, add mushrooms, high pressure 5-10 mins & NPR a bit before final QR?
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February 15, 2018 - 07:52
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A really good stew! One tip though - if you are going to freeze the left overs - do the potatoes separately. I found that the potatoes didn’t freeze well. Beyond that, I absolutely loved this stew.
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October 29, 2017 - 16:10
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This came out great! Just as good as a stew that simmered on the stove all day long.
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