Mom’s Beef Stew

by Vicky
6 servings
44 min

This was one of my favorite meals growing up. A meat and potatoes meal at its best! All that was needed to complete this meal was a tall glass of cold milk, bread and some butter that melted upon impact of the hot stew! I still remember dipping my torn off piece of light bread into that buttery juice. I’m not sure if it’s strange or not to add butter to your Beef Stew, but we sure did, and boy was it ever good!!

My Mom had one of the old pressure cookers of the 70’s. That thing would hiss, jiggle and rattle so bad that it sounded like a mean coon! That’s probably not a sentence you read that often. LOL!

Recipe details
  • 6  servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 34 Minutes Total time: 44 min
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  • 2 lbs stew meat
  • 7-8 Potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and diced, or baby carrots
  • 1 (6oz can) tomato paste
  • Salt and pepper

Season meat with salt and pepper. Place stew meat, broth, water and onion in Instant Pot.
Cook on high for 22 minutes;
Add potatoes, carrots and tomato paste; cook additional 12 minutes or till potatoes are soft.
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  • Wendie Richards Wendie Richards on Oct 30, 2020

    Can you use pork?

    • Vicky Vicky on Oct 30, 2020

      Hi Wendy! I've never used pork, but I think it would be a tasty substitution! Please let me know how it turns out 😊

  • Joan Joan on Nov 24, 2020

    Don’t have an instant pot!

    • Vicky Vicky on Nov 25, 2020

      Hi Joan! Don't have an Instant Pot or pressure cooker, no problem! This can easily be made on the stove top also, my mom did it for years like that. She cooked the meat, onion, carrots and seasoning together till it softened up. She just used water in a large stockpot, and let it simmer away for hours, then she added the potatoes and tomato paste and cooked till potatoes were done. Hope you enjoy, and I HIGHLY recommend an Instant Pot. They make things MUCH quicker 😊