Instant Pot Beef Stew with vegetables and potatoes

Old-Fashioned Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe

This easy-to-make Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot Beef Stew is the perfect cold weather comfort food. You can have this hearty stew on the table in just over 30 minutes when you make it in your electric pressure cooker, but it’ll taste like it simmered all day.

We’ve settled into cold, gray, January weather here. The kind of weather that basically begs for something warm and hearty and old-fashioned. This Instant Pot Beef Stew is a classic, old-fashioned recipe, based on a stovetop version my mom cooked for me growing up. 

I took the original recipe and simplified it a little. I prefer to use small new potatoes so I can skip the peeling and dicing. (However, if you prefer to use russet potatoes, substitute 2 cups diced russet potatoes.) I like having bigger chunks of carrots and celery in my recipe. However, if you want to skip chopping all together, you can use a frozen mixed vegetable medley and just use a 12 minute cook time and a 10 minute natural pressure release.

This Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot Beef Stew will help remind you of the good side of winter—the cuddled in a blanket in front of a fire reading a book kind of winter.