This quick and easy Instant Pot Guinness Beef Stew is the perfect weeknight meal, or way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! It’s full of delicious, hearty flavors and comes together in less than one hour.
It’s been a while, but I hope you’ll forgive me once you take a look at this Quick and Easy Instant Pot Guinness Beef Stew!
In case you don’t follow along on social media, I’ve been hard at work in what has become a favorite new capacity of mine – baby meal prepper! Just this week I came out with my second ever ebook, 30 Freezer-Friendly Recipes for Babies and Toddlers and it has been receiving rave reviews. It’s chock full of healthy recipes that the little ones go gaga over and – I have to say – I’m pretty darn proud of it!
One thing I’ve learned since becoming a mom is that delicious, healthy food doesn’t have to be elaborate or take hours to make. Whereas before I took pride in never taking the shortcut for any food I was preparing, I now take immense pride in figuring out ways to cook delicious meals using as many shortcuts as possible.
Perhaps the greatest “shortcut” I’ve discovered is the Instant Pot. To be honest, it took me a while to give in to the Instant Pot craze. Did I really need ANOTHER kitchen appliance? Was it really going to be THAT life-changing? It took a great sale last fall for me to finally break down and get one and I can now say with 100% certainty that YES, it is that life-changing. There’s a bit of a learning curve getting started, but once you get the hang of it you’ll never want to use your slow cooker again.
If you’re also new to the Instant Pot game (or are planning to be), these have been some of my favorite IP recipes I’ve made so far:
Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup from Gimme Some Oven
Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup from Jo Cooks
Healthier Instant Pot Coq Au Vin from Half Baked Harvest
Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Kalua Pig from Nom Nom Paleo
While I have an Instant Pot recipe in my new ebook and am working on adapting some of my old recipes for the IP, this Quick and Easy Instant Pot Guinness Beef Stew is the first blog recipe I’ve developed for all of you IP fans out there and, if you don’t have an IP yet, now’s the time to get one! (*affiliate link)
We have had one of the rainiest winters we’ve had in a loooong time, so I’ve been craving all the comfort food. To me, there’s nothing like a hot bowl of soup or stew and a crusty piece of warm bread on a chilly, rainy evening. We had beef stew fairly often when I was growing up, but I’d never ventured into making my own…until now! With the Instant Pot, it comes together in less than an hour yet still fills your home with that delicious, slow-cooked aroma. Did I mention it tastes amazing?
Since St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, I thought I’d jazz up what would be considered a traditional beef stew with a healthy dose of Guinness (after all, you know I love my cocktails.) Otherwise, I kept things pretty traditional with the typical carrots, onions and potatoes.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a date with the couch, some beef stew and a big ol’ glass of wine. And will you do me a favor? Let me know your favorite Instant Pot recipes in the comments below!
Quick and Easy Instant Pot Guinness Beef Stew
- 1 1/2 pounds beef stew meat
- 5 tablespoons flour, divided
- 5 tablespoons butter, divided
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 3 large carrots, diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 1 11.2-ounce bottle Guinness beer Or 1 can would be fine
- 4 Yukon gold potatoes, large diced
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 4 cups beef broth
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Place the beef and 3 tablespoons of flour in a medium bowl and toss so the beef is evenly coated in the flour.
- Place 3 tablespoons of butter in the Instant Pot and set it on sauté for about 8 minutes. Once the butter is melted, add the beef. Let beef brown for at least a couple of minutes on one side and then stir to get a nice brown on all sides.
- Add onion, garlic, carrots and celery to the Instant Pot and stir to combine. Pour in the Guinness to deglaze the pan.
- Add potatoes, Worcestershire, tomato paste, beef broth, thyme and bay leaves to the Instant Pot. Stir to combine.
- Turn the valve to Sealing, press the Meat/Stew button and select high heat for 35 minutes. The pot will take a bit of time to preheat, then it will begin to count down.
- Once the time is up, turn the valve to vent. It will take a few minutes for all of the pressure to release. While you’re waiting, place remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in a small, microwave-safe dish and microwave until melted, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Once butter is melted, stir in remaining 2 tablespoons of flour. Add this mixture to the stew in the Instant Pot and stir to combine. This will help thicken it up.
- Remove bay leaves and serve warm.
- This is a one dish meal, which means you don't need to worry about prepping a separate starch or veggie to go with it. However, if you're feeling a little more substance with your meal, feel free to serve it over cooked rice!
- Remember that the Instant Pot takes a while to warm up before it actually starts cooking. Stay patient and wait for the beep!
- This stew makes a fantastic freezer meal. To freeze, let cool completely after making, transfer to a resealable plastic bag or covered glass container and freeze for up to 3 months.