This beef and mushroom stew made in the Instant Pot is a hearty, comforting, stick to your ribs kind of meal that’s perfect for winter.

Made with three different kinds of mushrooms (white button, shiitake and cremini) and stew beef that gets incredibly tender in the pressure cooker, it’s a straight-forward recipe with a simple ingredient list yet tremendous savory flavor.

This beef and mushroom stew made in the Instant Pot is a hearty, comforting, stick to your ribs kind of meal that's perfect for winter.
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I grew up eating two kinds of stews:

1- beef stew with big hunks of potatoes, carrots and onions

2- veal stew with carrots, tomatoes and onions

Both always served over white rice (Uncle Ben’s to be exact).

That was it. No other variations for all 18 years I lived in my parents’ house.

I liked them both, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t think I realized the versatility of stew until many years later.

I’ve more than made up for it with recipes like this Slow Cooker Lamb StewTurmeric Lentil Stew and Moroccan Lamb Lentil Stew to name just a few and now, this beef and mushroom stew made in the Instant Pot.

Beef and mushroom stew made in the Instant Pot

I’ve talked about eating more plant based a lot recently (especially if you follow me on Instagram and with recent recipes like Instant Pot Bean Soup and Vegan Picadillo) but on the opposite side of that spectrum, here I am with a stick to your bones kind of winter beef stew.

But that’s reality.

I’ll never be 100% plant based, especially as long as I live in NY during the winter. I literally crave red meat sometimes stronger than any chocolate craving I’ve ever had.

And that’s saying something, believe me…

Have you ever looked into the blood type diet? I always chuckle when I read into that as my blood type (A+) basically tells me I should be vegan. Hahahaha.

I love plants and vegetables and no doubt advocate that we all should eat a lot more of them than typically included in the standard American diet but, there’s just no way I’ll ever give up meat, beef in particular.

And that includes venison too because I love this Instant Pot venison roast recipe as well!

Sorry, blood type diet, it ain’t happening.

In my opinion, beef and mushrooms are the perfect pair. So much so that you don’t even need a slew of other ingredients in this stew recipe for it to taste “right”.

This beef and mushroom bolognese recipe is another example of just that.

Mushrooms, beef stew meat and some pearl onions. That’s it.

Well, besides the spices obviously.

Mushrooms, of course, are always delicious on their own too.

My creamy vegan mushroom risotto recipe is the perfect example and a great fully plant-based meal option with all the same coziness of this stew.

This easy beef stew with mushrooms can be made in any pressure cooker for a hearty winter meal.

HOW TO MAKE BEEF AND MUSHROOM STEW

I’ve talked before about how a pet peeve of mine is Instant Pot recipes that really have no business being made in a pressure cooker.

Things like cheesecake, pasta, etc. Ugh, imagine me rolling my eyes as I type this because I am just thinking about those dumb recipes that take something easy and make them harder just because people want to use their Instant Pot.

Stew is not one of those recipes.

Stew is perfect for a pressure cooker like the Instant Pot. It makes for the most tender pieces of beef in a fraction of the time it’d take to achieve that on the stove.

This Instant Pot bolognese recipe is a great example of this as well as Instant Pot brisket. They’re both two recipes improved by using the pressure cooker instead of the stove-top.

To make this beef stew with mushrooms:

  1. Brown the beef in the Instant Pot on sauté mode.
  2. Remove the beef and add a splash of broth to the pot to scrape up the browned bits.
  3. Add the onions to the pot and cook for a couple of minutes.
  4. Turn off sauté mode and add the remaining ingredients to the pot.
  5. Cook on manual mode for 30 minutes and let the pressure naturally release for 15 minutes before releasing the rest manually.
  6. Thicken with an arrowroot powder slurry if desired (this is optional) and serve garnished with fresh herbs over whatever grain/starch/vegetable you like.
This beef and mushroom stew recipe is thick, hearty and comforting.

WHAT KIND OF MUSHROOMS SHOULD I USE?

I used three types of mushrooms in the beef stew: white button, shiitake and cremini for a total of 24 ounces of mushrooms.

You can absolutely use different varieties and the ratio of each is up to you. Some oyster mushrooms would be great in here too and if they weren’t exorbitantly priced when I was shopping, I would’ve picked some up!

WHAT IS STEW MEAT?

Most grocery stores will sell “stew meat” already packaged. It’s basically just cut into chunks already for you (although I always end up cutting those chunks in half). I prefer the size of the beef in the stew to be about a 1″ cube. Basically bite-size.

If you can’t find beef pre-packaged as stew meat, purchase a chuck roast (which is also great for making Mississippi pot roast!) and cut it into cubes yourself. I like to trim most of the fat off the beef before cooking.

Beef mushroom stew is a stick to your bones type of winter recipe easily made in the Instant Pot

WHAT DO I SERVE WITH BEEF MUSHROOM STEW?

I made an orange cauliflower and potato mash to serve underneath the stew. But any of the following would be great to go with it:

CAN I MAKE THIS IN THE SLOW COOKER?

Yes, although I would still suggest browning the beef first on the stove top as that helps develop important flavor in the recipe.

To make this in the slow cooker, follow steps 1-5 in the recipe directions then transfer to the slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Add the arrowroot slurry (if using to thicken) at the end while the slow cooker is still on and stir until thickened.

CAN I MAKE THIS ON THE STOVE-TOP?

Yes, you can also make this on the stove-top but it will take a lot more time.

Follow the recipe as stated except after adding all the ingredients to a large Dutch oven or heavy bottomed pot, bring the mixture to a boil then reduce to a low simmer and cover with a lid. Cook, stirring here and there for 3-4 hours until the beef is tender.

You may need to use a little more broth if you make the stew on the stove top as the longer cooking time will evaporate some of the liquid.

Make this recipe for beef mushroom stew in the Instant Pot for incredibly tender meat and a thick, comforting savory sauce.

WHAT DOES THE STEW TASTE LIKE?

Umami is the best way to describe the savory taste of this beef and mushroom stew. It’s hearty, thick, cozy and comforting with simple yet satisfyingly savory flavors of herbs, garlic and onion.

It’s really everything you could want in a winter meal and if you’re a mushroom lover like me, you will totally dig this recipe.

You’ll also love turkey stew for this reason. It uses leftover turkey meat along with potatoes and mushrooms for a great post-Thanksgiving type of meal.

Try this easy Instant Pot beef and mushroom stew recipe this winter for a cozy, hearty and comforting winter meal. #beefstew #InstantPotbeefstew ##beefandmushroomstew

Love this beef and mushroom stew? More beef recipes to try:

Chocolate Red Wine Beef Stew Stuffed Potatoes
Spicy Beef and Red Pepper Rice Bowl
Beef and Mushroom Bolognese (the Italian cousin to this recipe!)
Spicy Orange Beef Carnitas
Beef Pesto Quinoa Bake

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Instant Pot Beef and Mushroom Stew

Servings: 6 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Instant Pot beef and mushroom stew
This beef and mushroom stew made in the Instant Pot is a hearty, comforting, stick to your ribs kind of meal that's perfect for winter.

Ingredients 

  • 2 pounds stew meat, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 2 tablespoons flour, use gluten-free or paleo flour blend if necessary
  • 1 tablespoon ghee, or butter
  • 8 ounces pearl onions, I used frozen
  • 24 ounces mixed mushrooms, white button, shiitake, cremini or other combination, roughly chopped
  • 1 3/4 cup beef broth, divided
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon tarragon
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder + 2 tablespoons water, *optional for thickening, see note

Instructions 

  • Place cubed beef in a large bowl. Sprinkle flour over top, gently toss to combine until flour coats all the pieces.
  • Add the ghee to the Instant Pot on sauté mode.
  • Once hot, add beef to the pot and brown on all sides. You’ll likely need to do this in 2 or 3 batches to fit all the beef. Once browned, transfer to a plate using a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Add 1/4 cup of the beef broth to the pot and use a wooden spoon or spatula to scrape up all the brown bits from the meat.
  • Add the pearl onions and cook, stirring frequently for 2-3 minutes until softened.
  • Turn off sauté mode and add the remaining ingredients except the arrowroot powder and water.
  • Stir to combine then place the lid on the Instant Pot. Set the dial to sealing and cook on manual for 30 minutes.
  • Let the Instant Pot naturally release pressure for 15 minutes then manually release the rest.
  • If thickening, mix the arrowroot powder and water in a small bowl. Turn the Instant Pot to sauté and stir in the mixture until bubbling and slightly thickened.
  • Serve hot, garnish with freshly chopped parsley or other herbs.

Notes

*You can substitute cornstarch for the arrowroot powder in the same amounts to thicken. This step isn’t necessary, it just makes for a slightly thicker stew.

Nutrition

Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 374kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 53gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 155mgSodium: 416mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Soups + Stews
Cuisine: American
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17 Comments

  1. All the mushrooms! Mmmm this looks amazing (don’t tell anyone but I might not miss the beef). So comforting!

  2. 5 stars
    My whole family loved this! The 3 different types of mushrooms really add so much flavor! We will be making this again and again.

    1. Hi Maria – yes, you can add baby potatoes and they’ll definitely cook tender in the same amount of time. Hope you enjoy!

    1. You can certainly use leeks if preferred. I’ve never heard of puff ball and have no idea what that is, sorry!

  3. 5 stars
    What a delicious and satisfying meal. Love how easy it came together. Everyone had second helpings. Thanks for this new favorite!