While you can use your Instant Pot for many things, it’s really excels at making a delicious stew. Stew meat, a cheaper cut for those who are watching their budget, turns tender and flavorful with just minutes of pressure cooking.
The chunky vegetables give this stew color, flavor, and structure- we opted to omit any thickener (traditionally corn starch) to keep this hearty paleo stew allergy friendly and super easy to prepare.
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This recipe serves a crowd, and gets even better re-heated the next day as leftovers. Feel free to adjust the veggies to what you have on hand and your family’s preferences.
Why the Instant Pot?
I love making this in my Instant Pot, since it’s easy to brown the stew meat right in the bottom before adding the other ingredients- and then it’s ready in less than an hour. This method is faster than the slow cooker that needs to work all day to tenderize the tough beef.
- 2 pounds stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes (find grassfed beef here)
- 1 tablespoon tallow or other cooking fat (find grassfed tallow here)
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1-1/2 teaspoons sea salt (find sea salt here)
- 2 large onions, chopped into one-inch pieces
- 3 large carrots, scrubbed and chopped into one-inch pieces
- 6 stalks celery, scrubbed and chopped into one-inch pieces
- 1 six-ounce can tomato paste (find tomato paste here)
- 2 cups homemade chicken or beef stock, unsalted (find recipe for easy chicken stock here)
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- Heat Instant Pot to Saute - High and melt fat in the bottom.
- Once the fat is melted, add beef and sprinkle beef with salt and pepper.
- Brown beef on all sides, stirring every 5 minutes or so with a wooden spoon. Beef should be brown in about 15 minutes. Chop your vegetables while you brown the meat.
- Add onion, carrots, and celery and stir to mix.
- Pour tomato paste, chicken broth, and apple cider vinegar over the top, stirring again with the spoon to mix.
- Place lid on Instant Pot and cook on manual- 45 minutes.
- After cooking, allow pressure to release on its own. You can use the quick-release valve if you are in a hurry.
- Serve and enjoy!
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