This comforting and easy Instant Pot beef stew turns out tender and full of flavor in just a short time and it’s the perfect addition to your Whole30 meal plan!
The Instant Pot has allowed us to eat way more soups and stews in the recent years in our household, and none of us complaining. I love that it cooks tough cuts like beef stew meat and turn it amazingly tender in less than an hour with minimal effort. We have slowly phased out the slow cooker in our house, because the Instant Pot is just so much quicker and I personally think that the texture of food comes out way better!
Easy Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe
This delicious and comforting paleo beef stew recipe is my go-to for a quick and easy meal, whether it’s for a group or just me and my husband. It’s a dish that I make when I need to it to be foolproof, and I actually made this for my family for our Christmas lunch! Everyone raved about how yummy it was, so I knew I had to share with you.
Made in the Instant Pot, this Whole30 beef stew is a healthy take on traditional beef stew without using wine. The tomato paste actually gives that deep and complex flavor while keeping it Whole30-compliant, and the end result is just so fantastic.
How to Make Beef Stew in the Instant Pot
This paleo beef stew recipe is so easy and fast in the Instant Pot. Between this method, slow cooker, and the stovetop, the Instant Pot is the most hands-off and quickest way to make this recipe. Here are the steps on how to make beef stew in the Instant Pot:
- Sear the meat first in oil on Sauté setting. This caramelizes the outer crust and will make the stew more rich and flavorful.
- Once browned, add garlic and onions and sauté a little longer. This will also add a ton of flavor and I recommend that you don’t skip it!
- Add the rest of the ingredients (vegetables, broth, tomato paste, spices), and cook on Manual for 30 minutes.
- Let the pressure release on its own.
- Make a roux with water and arrowroot starch, and add this into the stew to simmer for a few minutes to thicken.
That’s it! Easy peasy paleo and Whole30 beef stew in the Instant Pot.
What to Serve With Beef Stew
You can serve it on its own, but if you are looking for various sides to serve with this paleo beef stew recipe, here are some of my suggestions. Keep in mind that bread substitutes on this list are not Whole30 compliant:
- zucchini cornbread
- paleo bread
- paleo Irish soda bread
- lemon turmeric roasted cauliflower
- sauteéd Asian zucchini and onions
- various roasted vegetables
- balsamic garlic roasted mushrooms
- grain free crackers
Other recipes you might love…
- Instant Pot Cabbage Soup with Ground Beef (Paleo, Whole30)
- Instant Pot Whole30 Chili with Spaghetti Squash
- Paleo Slow Cooker Korean Oxtail (Kkorijjim)
- Instant Pot Paleo Hamburger Soup (Whole30)
- Instant Pot Balsamic Short Ribs (Paleo, Whole30)
Easy Instant Pot Beef Stew (Paleo, Whole30)
- 1 tbsp ghee
- 2 lb beef stew meat cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 onion diced
- 4 cloves garlic
- 3 carrots chopped
- 3 stalks celery chopped
- 1 lb potatoes cubed
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 4 cups bone broth or beef broth
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1/4 cup arrowroot starch
- 1/4 cup water
- Chopped parsley for garnish
- Turn the Instant Pot on to Sauté and add ghee.
- Sprinkle the beef stew meat with salt and pepper evenly.
- Once the Instant Pot indicates that it's "hot," add the meat and cook for 4-5 minutes until lightly browned on all sides.
- Add garlic and onion and sauté for 2 minutes until fragrant.
- Turn off the Instant Pot and add carrots, celery, potatoes, tomato paste, bone broth, and thyme. Stir together.
- Screw on the lid and set the pressure valve to Sealing.
- Cook on Manual HIGH for 30 minutes. Once it beeps to a finish, release pressure naturally for 15-20 minutes until the lid slides open easily.
- Turn the Instant Pot on to Sauté setting.
- Make a roux by whisking together arrowroot starch and water, and pour into the stew.
- Let this simmer for 2-3 minutes until the stew is thickened.
- Add more salt if needed, then sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.
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