Paleo beef stew

While you can use your Instant Pot for many things, it’s really excels at making a delicious stew.  Stew meat, a cheaper cut for those who are watching their budget, turns tender and flavorful with just minutes of pressure cooking.

The chunky vegetables give this stew color, flavor, and structure- we opted to omit any thickener (traditionally corn starch) to keep this hearty paleo stew allergy friendly and super easy to prepare.

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This recipe serves a crowd, and gets even better re-heated the next day as leftovers.  Feel free to adjust the veggies to what you have on hand and your family’s preferences.

Why the Instant Pot?

I love making this in my Instant Pot, since it’s easy to brown the stew meat right in the bottom before adding the other ingredients- and then it’s ready in less than an hour.  This method is faster than the slow cooker that needs to work all day to tenderize the tough beef.

Hearty Beef and Vegetable Stew in the Instant Pot (Paleo, GAPS, Keto)

Course: main
Cuisine: dairy free, GAPS, Gluten Free, Paleo, SCD
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 347 kcal
Author: Cara Comini
Easy and hearty stew is delicious, tender, and ready in minutes when you use the Instant Pot.



  1. Heat Instant Pot to Saute - High and melt fat in the bottom.
  2. Once the fat is melted, add beef and sprinkle beef with salt and pepper.
  3. Brown beef on all sides, stirring every 5 minutes or so with a wooden spoon. Beef should be brown in about 15 minutes. Chop your vegetables while you brown the meat.
  4. Add onion, carrots, and celery and stir to mix.
  5. Pour tomato paste, chicken broth, and apple cider vinegar over the top, stirring again with the spoon to mix.
  6. Place lid on Instant Pot and cook on manual- 45 minutes.
  7. After cooking, allow pressure to release on its own. You can use the quick-release valve if you are in a hurry.
  8. Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Hearty Beef and Vegetable Stew in the Instant Pot (Paleo, GAPS, Keto)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 347 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 117mg39%
Sodium 327mg14%
Potassium 658mg19%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 43g86%
Vitamin A 5275IU106%
Vitamin C 5.8mg7%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 4.1mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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