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Beef stew with onion in a bowl and a spoon.

Freezer Meal Beef Stew

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Freezer Meal Beef Stew! Served with crusty bread and a green salad? YES. just 6 ingredients, 45 minutes, and done.




  • 2 lbs. beef chuckfat trimmed, cut in small-ish pieces
  • 1 medium onionsliced thinly
  • 6 stalks celerysliced diagonally
  • 6 carrotssliced diagonally
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 cans tomato juice (about 1 cup)


  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch in 2 tablespoons water


INSTANT POT: From frozen, 30 minutes on high pressure + 10 minutes natural release. 

SLOW COOKER: From thawed, 5-6 hours on high. 

FINAL STEP: After cooking in Instant Pot, turn on saute function. Add cornstarch slurry. Cook for a few minutes until slightly thickened. (If using a slow cooker, add cornstarch when it’s done and let thicken for 30 minutes.)


You can freeze the tomato juice with the rest of the ingredients or add it right before cooking. Both ways work great! 

This recipe takes up quite a bit of space, so it works best when divided between two 7-cup glass containers, or stored in a plastic bag.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Pressure Cook
  • Cuisine: American

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