I’ve been making lots of soups lately because the weather has been getting kinda chilly here! I love to make this beef stew because it is so comforting and delicious. I like to make this beef stew in my Instant Pot because it cooks quickly! The key to making this beef stew in the Instant Pot is to leave your veggies chunky when you’re cutting them. If you don’t want the veggies to dissolve into the stew, cut them into large chunks! They will be soft when the stew is done, but they won’t just completely dissolve into the sew. It also makes this stew have a rustic feel, which I love!
I tested this recipe multiple times and felt that the beef stew really didn’t need a thickener. I don’t mind my stews and soups being soupy. If you want the stew to be on the thicker side, you can either let it simmer with the lid off at the end until it reaches the consistency you like or you can mix some arrowroot flour or cassava flour mixed with a little bit of water and mix it into the stew. Having it simmer after won’t thicken it as much as adding arrowroot or cassava, but it’s just as delicious! You do you!
Paleo & Whole30
- avocado oil
- 2 lbs. beef stew meat
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 3 small or medium potatoes, cut into 8 large cubes (each potato)
- 2 large celery sticks, cut into 1/2 inch slices
- 3 carrots, sliced on a bias about 1/2 inch thick
- 1/2 onion, sliced
- 2 cups beef bone broth
- 1 tbsp coconut aminos
- 1 bay leaf
- 1-2 sprigs of thyme
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- black pepper, to taste
- himalayan salt, to taste
- parsley, for garnish
- Turn the IP to the sauté function and let it heat up.
- Once heated, add in avocado oil to coat the bottom of the pot.
- Add in the meat and season with some Himalayan salt and pepper.
- Let meat brown for about 5 minutes or so.
- Add in tomato paste and let cook for about 30 seconds.
- Add in the veggies, season with more Himalayan salt and pepper, and sauté for about a minute.
- Add in the broth, coconut aminos, seasonings, herbs, and stir together in incorporate.
- Close the lid and press the cancel button.
- Make sure the notch is set to sealing, press the manual button, set it to 30 minutes, and let it do its thing!
- Once it has finished, let it naturally release pressure for 10 minutes, then manually release the rest of the pressure.
- If you want the soup to be less liquid, let the food simmer in the pot on the sauté function until it reaches your desired consistency.
- Adjust seasonings if needed and garnish with fresh parsley.
If you want to easily thicken this stew, dissolve some arrowroot powder or cassava flour into a little bit of water and stir into the stew at the end!