Instant Pot Irish Beef Stew
One day a year, everyone in the world is Irish, and Instant Pot Irish Beef Stew is a great way to celebrate that. With just a few simple ingredients, some time, and the right tools you’ll be on your way to a taste of the Emerald Isle for St. Paddy’s day in no time.
The tools you’ll need
There are only a few things you’ll need to make this pot of gold. The biggest suggestion is an Instant Pot. Yes you can make this on the range top too; it just takes about an hour and a half longer. Pressure cooking this in the Instant Pot not only speeds up the cook time, it also drives all the flavors into the meat. You will also need a high sided pan. I used my trusty cast iron skillet. If you don’t have one, get one.
Chuck it in
Chuck roast is a fantastic piece of meat to use for this stew. It has a ton of intramuscular fat, and we all know that fat is flavor. It also breaks down really well under pressure. Bacon makes everything better. I like using thick cut, hickory smoked for pretty much everything. You can use thin cut, but I like the texture you get from the thicker pieces. You can also use the leftover grease to brown the beef and sauté the onions and garlic. It’s a win/win. Dried thyme will work in a pinch, but fresh thyme is much nicer. We should all have enough thyme on our hands. (Sorry, I love dad jokes. Don’t leave.)
A good stout
Traditionally this dish is made with Guinness, but you can use pretty much any dark beer. I really liked it when I used Tröegs Grand Cacao. It’s a chocolate stout which is very fitting since they’re based out of Hershey PA. Chocolate pairs very well with beef and this is no exception. If you have it available near you, absolutely give it a try.
Do the mash
Instant Pot Irish Beef Stew is fantastic on its own, but I highly recommend serving it with your favorite mashed potatoes. The creaminess of the mashed potatoes goes amazingly well with this stew. If you don’t like or just don’t want to make mashed potatoes after the work of making it, a good piece of sourdough bread with some butter will suffice. Any way you eat it, I am absolutely certain that you will enjoy it.
Check out My Full Recipe for Instant Pot Irish Beef Stew down below
A warm taste of Ireland in your own home. The Instant Pot makes this recipe fast and easy.
- 6 Slices Thick Cut Bacon, cut into small pieces
- 2 Pounds Beef Chuck Roast, cut in 2-inch chunks
- 2 Medium Sweet Onions
- 2 Stalks Celery
- 3 Carrots
- 2 1/2 Cups Chicken Stock
- 1/4 Cup Tomato Paste
- 1 Bottle Irish Stout
- 4 Cloves Garlic, minced
- 4 Sprigs Thyme
- Salt, to taste
- Fresh Ground Pepper to taste
- 1 Tbsp White sugar
- 2 Tbsp Corn starch in a slurry
- Cook the bacon in a high sided pan like a skillet, then put into the pot, leaving the grease in the pan.
- Add the cubed beef to the skillet, season with salt and pepper, brown it on all sides, then add it to the pot.
- Add Onions to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes, then add garlic and cook until soft.
- Add beer to the onion and garlic and stir making sure you scrape all the browned bits off the bottom of the pan, then add all of the liquid to the pot.
- Add carrots, celery, tomato paste, sugar, and thyme to the pot and enough chicken stock to cover the mix. Stir it up and put the lid on.
- Set Instant Pot to High Pressure for 1 hour. When finished, quick release the pressure then remove the lid. Set the Instant Pot to Sautee and add corn starch slurry to thicken.
Serve over your favorite mashed potatoes or with a nice slice of sourdough bread.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 559Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 140mgSodium: 600mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 3gSugar: 12gProtein: 46g