Instant Pot Rustic Beef Stew (Paleo)

I very nearly named this recipe “Steak Soup” as per the request of my fiance. He really comes up with the funniest/best recipe names. He is the brains behind the name for my Wonton Casserole and my Harvest Bread. But at the last minute I decided “Steak Soup” sounded a bit… weird so Beef Stew it is!

In other words, we are still hanging out in Minnesota and it is still FRIGID! So I crave comfort foods literally all the time. Comfort to me is a big bowl of beef stew. My mom used to make it in the slow cooker when I was younger, and it just sounds so right in the cold months!

My version is made in under an hour in the Instant Pot and is incredibly simple. A quick sear on the meat, add the rest of the ingredients, set the timer and presto. Hearty stew in no time. Just another thing I love about the Instant Pot is how little time it takes to cook tough cuts of meat like chuck, round and brisket. I have never been disappointed with the tenderness of my meat in the Instant Pot and know that it will turn out fantastic every time.

Since I do not have a culinary background, this recipe (or any of my recipes really) doesn’t use fancy ingredients like red wine, fresh rosemary or flour. But it does use extra nutritious ingredients like bone broth, dried herbs and plenty of vegetables.

Without further ado, add this to your recipe lineup this week and get cozy!

Instant Pot Rustic Beef Stew



2 lbs. beef stew meat, or sirloin steak cut into 1″ cubes

2 c. bone broth (homemade or store bought)

4 carrots, peeled (or not) and cut into ½” discs

2 large red potatoes, peeled and cut into 1″ cubes

½ small onion, cut into 1″ pieces

1½ tbs. tomato paste

1 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. oregano

1 tsp. thyme


  1. Start by browning the meat cubes in the Instant Pot by selecting the saute function and waiting for the “hot” symbol to appear.
  2. Brown for 2-3 minutes on each side until browned on every side. Turn off saute function.
  3. Add the bone broth, carrots, potatoes and onion to the Instant Pot.
  4. Next, stir in salt, spices and tomato paste.
  5. Put on lid securely and select either the “Meat/Stew” function or “Pressure Cook” on high and set timer to 35 minutes.
  6. When the time is up, manually release the pressure, add more seasoning if needed and enjoy!

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