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Pressure Cooker Beef Stew

Fast, tasty, EASY and so delicious! Nothing is better on a cold rainy day than pressure cooker beef stew! Tastes like Mama’s been cooking and stirring the pot all day (I won’t tell anyone, it’s our secret, ok?) <wink>.

Bowl of pressure cooker beef stew

Electric Pressure Cooker or Stove Top Pressure Cooker Beef Stew

Either way, you are set! Perhaps you prefer the Instantpot to the stove top pressure cooker? Either one will make this pressure cooker beef stew in a glorious few minutes.

This is my classic old fashioned beef stew recipe revved up for today’s fast pressure cooking crew.

Hands down favorite beefy stew recipe in my family and you don’t have to wait a minute longer OR stand around cooking all day to get it, either.

Here’s What You’ll Need

ingredients on a cutting board
  • Stew Beef
  • Sugar
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Onion
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Bay leaves
  • Turmeric
  • Worcestershire sauce

Here’s How It’s Done

pressure cooker on stove
  • Cut your stew beef into bite size pieces.
  • Add everything to the pressure cooker
  • Cook on full pressure for 15 minutes.
  • Allow a natural release of the pressure.
  • Hollar for everyone to come to the table!

What To Serve with Beef Stew

There are so many options for what to serve with beef stew. Of course, classic grilled cheese is an option, baked potatoes, rice or one of our favorites is Mexican Cornbread.

stew beef in the pressure cooker

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I don’t like onions or garlic or celery or…

Of course, you can always leave out an ingredient you don’t care for. This may alter the taste of the final stew, but it should still be good.

Can I Freeze This Beef Stew?

Yes! Absolutely! This freezes GREAT! Then all you have to do is to throw the whole frozen chunk in the pan and heat it gradually over a low flame till warm! Easiest dinner ever!

How Long Does This Beef Stew Last?

This will last about 5 days covered in the fridge.

Can I Add Other Veggies to My Stew?

Sure! Make all the additions you want! Some great additions are small chunk potatoes, corn, beans… you decide, it’s your stew.

Pressure Cooker Beef Stew With Tomatoes

If you love to have tomatoes in your beef stew, that’s easy to do with this recipe.

For garden fresh tomatoes:

  • Remove the peel and core from the tomatoes (you’ll want to use 2-4 fist sized tomatoes)
  • Cut into 4ths and add to the pressure cooker. This will make a nice base for the beef stew.

For Canned Tomatoes:

  • Add a 15.5oz can of diced or stewed tomatoes to the pressure cooker.

Pressure Cooker Beef Stew with Dumplings

If beef stew with dumplings is your jam, that’s an easy one!

Just zoom on over to the Chicken and Dumplings post, whip up some dumplings and add them to the stew once it has finished cooking in the pressure cooker.

You’ll need to put them into a stockpot on the stove top, set the heat on medium and bring to a simmer.

Add the dumplings and spoon the stew over the dumplings until the dumplings are cooked through.

Pressure Cooker Beef Stew With Red Wine

If you enjoy a bit of red wine flavor in your beef stew, you’ll want to add 1/2 cup into your pressure cooker instead of water.

Choose any red wine that you would drink.

Tips and Tricks

  • You can start with frozen stew beef as long as you give it a few minutes longer, if you watch the video, you’ll see that’s what I do.
  • Cut the beef into bite sized pieces (about 1″ cubes).
  • The secret to tender beef stew is cooking it a LONG time (if cooking on the stove top and really 25 minutes in a pressure cooker is a long time!). If your stew beef is too hard to chew, it’s because it didn’t cook long enough. Stew beef tends to have a lot of connective tissue and that takes a long long time to break down (which is just a few more minutes in the pressure cooker than something like chicken).
  • Add peeled potatoes cut into 1- 11/2 inch cubes if you prefer.
  • People often say, “I don’t like celery” or “I don’t like carrots”. Actually, those just add some flavor and because they get quite soft, you don’t really taste them individually. That said, the flavors they add to the beef are really on point. For the most part, the carrots and celery break down completely and you barely see them in the stew.
  • Add a 15 oz can of diced tomatoes instead of water if you prefer a tomato based beef stew.
  • You’ll give a nice pop of flavor if you serve up some cheese, sour cream, green onion and a bit of shredded cheddar with your beef stew.

Substitutions

  • You can substitute Pork Shoulder for the Beef if you like, but then, of course, it isn’t beef stew.
  • 1 chopped whole onion for the onion powder
  • 3 cloves minced garlic for the garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp celery seed for the celery

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PRO TIP: This stew is exceptional served over rice or a baked potato!

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Pressure Cooker Beef Stew

FAST, delicious, tender and perfect Pressure Cooker Beef Stew that works in either an Instant Pot OR a stove top pressure cooker!
If you prefer Beef Stew with Potatoes, add some in there!
Like Beef Stew with Tomatoes? Add a 15 oz can of diced or stewed tomatoes instead of the water.
Prefer stew with actual onions and garlic? Add it in there instead of the powder! It will work.
There are lots of variations that you can make with this stew.
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Course: main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pressure cooker beef stew
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Natural Release: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 207kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker

Ingredients

  • 1 lb stew beef cut into 1" pieces
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 ribs celery chopped
  • 3 carrots chopped
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire
  • 2 bay leaves

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients into the bowl of the pressure cooker. Secure the lid and bring up to full pressure/temperature.
  • Cook on high pressure for 25 minutes. Allow pressure cooker to come back to room pressure by natural release. Remove the bay leaves before serving.

Notes

  • You can start with frozen stew beef as long as you give it a few minutes longer, if you watch the video, you’ll see that’s what I do.
  • Cut the beef into bite sized pieces (about 1″ cubes).
  • The secret to tender beef stew is cooking it a LONG time (if cooking on the stove top and really 25 minutes in a pressure cooker is a long time!). If your stew beef is too hard to chew, it’s because it didn’t cook long enough. Stew beef tends to have a lot of connective tissue and that takes a long long time to break down (which is just a few more minutes in the pressure cooker than something like chicken).
  • Add peeled potatoes cut into 1- 11/2 inch cubes if you prefer.
  • People often say, “I don’t like celery” or “I don’t like carrots”. Actually, those just add some flavor and because they get quite soft, you don’t really taste them individually. That said, the flavors they add to the beef are really on point. For the most part, the carrots and celery break down completely and you barely see them in the stew.
  • Add a 15 oz can of diced tomatoes instead of water if you prefer a tomato based beef stew.
  • You’ll give a nice pop of flavor if you serve up some cheese, sour cream, green onion and a bit of shredded cheddar with your beef stew.
Substitutions
  • You can substitute Pork Shoulder for the Beef if you like, but then, of course, it isn’t beef stew.
  • 1 chopped whole onion for the onion powder
  • 3 cloves minced garlic for the garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp celery seed for the celery
PRO TIP: 
Serve over a bed of rice or baked potato for a delicious alternative. 
Add in fresh veggies like squash and zucchini in the summer time for a healthy addition.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Beef Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 207 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 70mg23%
Sodium 872mg36%
Potassium 802mg23%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 8040IU161%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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A Verse to Share

In my life time, I’ve often heard the quote of “enter by the narrow gate” in relation to living a pious life. I’m positive God wants us to live in a way that honors him.

Have you ever read the verses just before the “narrow gate” passage?

They are…

  1. Don’t judge others, get the log out of your own eye before you talk about the spec in someone elses.
  2. Don’t cast your pearls before swine.
  3. Ask and you shall receive, your Father in heaven gives good gifts.

Then we find Matthew 7:13

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 

Followed by…

  1. Avoid false prophets, you will know them by their fruit. If they haven’t and don’t bear good fruit, they aren’t a good tree.
  2. Not everyone who cries out “Lord Lord” will see heaven.
  3. Hear the words and put them into practice like the wise man who built his house upon a rock.

Pretty interesting reading when taken as a whole, if you ask me.

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