Chuck Wagon Beef Stew Instant Pot Recipe

Chuck Wagon Beef Stew Instant Pot recipe

Chuck Wagon Beef Stew

Makes 8 servings

Courtesy of 175 Best Instant Pot Recipes by Marilyn Haugen © 2016 Reprinted with publisher permission. Available where books are sold.

This hearty and savory stew is an all-time classic — the perfect crowd-pleasing dish. It’s perfect for lazy days when everyone just wants to grab a bowl at their leisure, and for potlucks or any time you are asked to bring a dish.

Equipment needed

Instant Pot Functions

• Sauté
• Slow Cook


  • 2⁄3 cup all-purpose flour, divided (150 mL)
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tsp Hungarian paprika, divided (10 mL)
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 lbs beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch 1 kg
 (2.5 cm) pieces
  • virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste (30 mL)
  • 3 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 cup dry red wine (250 mL)
  • 2 cups ready-to-use beef broth (500 mL)
  • 3 carrots, cut into 1-inch 3
 (2.5 cm) pieces
  • 1 lb small white potatoes, cut in half (500 g)


1. In a medium bowl, combine 1⁄3 cup (75 mL) flour, 2 tsp (10 mL) salt, 1 tsp (5 mL) paprika and 1⁄2 tsp (2 mL) pepper, mixing well. Add beef, tossing to coat and shaking off any excess flour. Reserve excess flour mixture.

2. Press Sauté; the indicator will read “Normal.” When the display says “Hot,” add 2 tsp (10 mL) oil and heat until shimmering. Working in batches, add beef and cook, stirring, for 5 to 7 minutes or until browned on all sides, adding more oil as needed. Transfer beef to a plate.

3. Add 1 tbsp (15 mL) oil to the pot and heat until shimmering. Add tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until dark red. Add the remaining flour and flour mixture, whisking until combined. Add thyme, wine and broth; cook, whisking, for 4 to 5 minutes or until gravy is smooth and thickened. Press Cancel. Return beef and any accumulated juices to the pot and add carrots and potatoes, stirring well.

4. Close and lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to Venting. Press Slow Cook; the indicator will read “Normal.” Press Adjust twice to change the heat level to “Less.” Use the button to increase the time on the display to 7:00.

5. When the timer beeps, remove the lid and check to make sure the beef and vegetables are tender. (If more cooking is needed, reset the slow cooker to “Less” for 30 minutes.) Discard thyme sprigs. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

6. Ladle stew into serving bowls and serve garnished with the remaining paprika.


If serving this stew for a party or taking it to a potluck, keep it in the pot on the Keep Warm setting. It can be kept warm for up to 2 hours.
Serve with cornbread or bread sticks for a warming, comforting meal.

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175 Best Instant Pot Recipes

  • Author: Marilyn Haugen
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Rose (September 1, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 0778805425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778805427
  • Cover price $19.95
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I’m a Jersey girl, I was born and raised here and have lived here for almost my entire life. I’m a mom of 2 boys – TJ, a 21 year old, and CJ, an 18 year old with Down Syndrome. I am the oldest of four children. I am also a social media enthusiast, cat person, and Down syndrome advocate. I love coffee and milkshakes. My favorite dessert is cheesecake. I love rock music, tech, travel and food. And cheesecake. I HATE the misuse of the word retarded. I take it personally and find it very offensive. Did I mention that I love cheesecake?

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  1. My tummy must be talking to ya!! I just ate some for lunch that my husband made this past weekend. I’m always curious how others make theirs.

  2. This sounds like such a hearty dish! I would love to make a really big batch of this to freeze in portions. So nice to have some dinners all ready to go for any weeknight. We have so many afternoon and evening activities going on, I am exhausted by the time I get home.

  3. Beef stew in a crock pot is one of my all-time favorites. Our family version is very similar to yours, with a little garlic added (just because we love garlic!).

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