Instant Pot Beef & Sweet Potato Stew
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 15 minutes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
This stew in the Instant Pot results in a powerful flavor base as the meat and liquid fuse together…and as the sweet potatoes soften and release a touch of caramelized sweetness into the stew base. It also does a wonderful job of softening “stew meat” that can often end up being tough and hard to chew. (Not after being pressure cooked!)

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 1 - Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 - lb(s) stew beef
  • 1/2 - cup(s) hot water**
  • 4 - small sweet potatoes
  • 4 - whole carrots
  • 2 - celery stalk(s)
  • 1 - small white onion(s)
  • 4 - cup(s) beef broth
  • 1 - 6 oz. can(s) tomato paste
  • 1 - tsp paprika
  • 1 - tsp dried thyme
  • - Salt and pepper
  • Side: - salad**
  • 1 - gallon-size freezer baggie(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. Open can of tomato paste.
  2. Peel and dice the sweet potatoes. Peel and dice the carrots.
  3. Chop the celery. Chop the onion.
  4. Place the stew beef pieces into the pressure cooker insert with the hot water. Stir in the chopped celery, onion, sweet potatoes and carrots. Stir in the beef broth and tomato paste. Whisk in the paprika and dried thyme.
  5. Steam valve: Sealing.
  6. Cook on: Manual/High for 15 minutes.
  7. Release: Natural or Quick.
  8. Prepare the salad.
  9. Serve Instant Pot Beef & Sweet Potato Stew with salad.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

  1. Peel and dice 8 sweet potatoes. Peel and dice 8 carrots.
  2. Chop 4 celery stalks. Chop 2 onions.
  3. Open 2 cans of tomato paste.

To each gallon-size plastic freezer baggie in a round bowl/dish, add the following ingredients:

  • 1 lb. stew beef
  • Half of the diced sweet potatoes
  • Half of the diced carrots
  • Half of the chopped celery
  • Half of the chopped onion
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 - 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried thyme

Remove as much air as possible and seal. Add label to baggie and freeze.

Freeze & Thaw Instructions

Put baggie in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or a warm bowl of water for about 20 minutes, before adding contents of bag plus water to electric pressure cooker insert. Pressure cook as directed.

Special notes

See for more tips and tricks. Add 5-10 minutes of pressure cooking time, if cooking from completely frozen or mostly frozen. Note that preheat time and release time may vary by appliance.

Dairy-Free Modifications

Recipe is dairy-free when served with dairy-free sides.

Gluten-Free Modifications

Recipe is gluten-free when served with gluten-free sides.

Printable Label Recipe Title

Instant Pot Beef & Sweet Potato Stew

Printable Label Instructions

Thaw, add hot water to Instant Pot and then add contents of baggie. Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes with sealed valve; then natural release.
Serve with salad.