Beef Stew made in an Instant Pot! 6 ingredients, 45 minutes, SO EASY.
- 2 lbs beef, chuck roast, fat trimmed, cut into 1-2-inch chunks
- 1 medium onion, sliced thinly
- 2 stalks celery, sliced diagonally in thick pieces
- 6 carrots, sliced diagonally in thick pieces
- 2 tablespoons tapioca (the little round balls – they dissolve and thicken the gravy)
- 1/2 cup tomato juice
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
Life Changing Instant Pot Instructions: Place everything in the Instant Pot and select the stew/meat setting (about 35 minutes). After it’s done, let everything mellow out for about 10 minutes before releasing the steam.
Traditional Oven Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place all ingredients in a baking dish – it can be glass or ceramic (we use a round casserole dish – something between 8×8 and 9×13). Cover with foil and bake for 4 hours. If the gravy thickens too much or dries out, you can add a little water to the gravy to loosen it up before serving
Whether you make this in the oven or in the Instant Pot, I recommend finishing by giving it about 10-20 minutes in a hot oven (about 350-400 degrees), uncovered, before serving. It gets the meat nice and caramelized on top and helps the gravy thicken up.
Alternatives to Tapioca Pearls for thickening:
- Toss the beef in 1/3 cup flour, shake off excess and add to the Instant Pot as normal.
- OR: Make a slurry of 2 tablespoons corn starch and 1/4 cup water. Add the slurry to everything in the Instant Pot.
I usually add a little water to the gravy if it starts to thicken too much as it cools. Personally, I prefer it this to be less like a soup and more like a really saucy beef stew. We serve it on plates with hot, crusty, buttery bread. For my salad, all I had on hand was baby spinach, so I just tossed it with a quick 5 minute shake-in-a-jar dressing: olive oil, grainy mustard, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper.
A previous version of this recipe included instructions for making it in a Dutch Oven, but that was a mistake! DO NOT use a Dutch Oven for this recipe.