Pete’s Beef and Potato Stew

Pete’s Beef and Potato Stew

Basic stew with beef, potatoes, and carrots. The original recipe for this stew came from “Cooking With Your Instant Pot Mini.”  The recipe was specifically created for a 3-quart Instant Pot Mini.

Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 60 Minutes (including time to pressurize and to cool down)
Total Time: 80 Minutes

Servings: 8-10 Bowls


2 Tbsps Butter
1 1/2 pounds Stew Meat, 1 inch pieces
1 tsp Salt (for searing the stew meat)
1/2 tsp Pepper (for searing the stew meat)
3 stalks Celery, chopped
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
1/4 cup Flour
1/2 Tbsp Vinegar
2 1/2 cups Beef Broth
2 cups Carrots, chopped
2 medium Red Potatoes, cut into 1 inch pieces
3 Tbsps Tomato Paste
2 tsps Thyme
1 Bay Leaf
1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
2 tsps Salt
1 tsp Pepper


  1. Use the Sauté setting to heat the inner pot. When the display reads “Hot,” add the butter. The stew meat will need to be seared in two batches. Add half of the stew meat to the butter and sprinkle with half of the salt and pepper. Sear for 4 minutes, then flip the meat over and sear the other side. Repeat with second batch and use other half of salt and pepper.
  2. Add the celery and garlic to stew meat and Sauté for a few minutes. Sprinkle flour and stir well. Add vinegar to deglaze the pot. Make sure to scrape the bottom of the pot to free up any pieces.
  3. Add beef broth, carrots, potatoes, tomato paste, thyme, bay leaf, Worcestershire sauce, and remaining salt and pepper.  Stir well.
  4. Cancel the Sauté mode, secure the lid, turn the valve to Sealing, and select the Meat/Stew mode.  Adjust the timer to 35 minutes.
  5. When the cook cycle is done, allow a natural release for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, do a quick release to release the remaining pressure.
  6. Open pot and stir. Remove the Bay Leaf. Let site for a few minutes before serving.

Serves between 8 and 10 bowls of stew


The original recipe called for 4 cups of Beef Broth. My 3-quart cooker couldn’t hold that much liquid, so I had to reduce the amount of liquid to stay at the maximum line on my cooker. The stew seemed to be fine.

You can add corn or peas to your liking. Add thawed corn or peas at the end of the cook cycle and let stew sit for a few minutes to warm up the corn or peas.


I cooked mine and then just set my Instant Pot to the Keep Warm setting and the stew tasted great all evening.