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 This Whole30 Beef Stew is the coziest stew you can whip up in under 75 minutes. Instant pot beef stew is a game-changer, and crockpot/slow cooker instructions are also included.

whole30 beef stew in a blue bowl with a spoon and a grey cloth
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Call me intuitive, but I think the ease and flavor of this easy Whole30 stew recipe is going to be a game-changer dinner for most of you. It tastes like it has simmered on the stove all day, but it’s ready in under 75 minutes.

Why you’re going to love this Instant Pot beef stew

  • You’re making whole30 beef stew in under an hour like a freaking boss.
  • It is gluten-free.
  • Whole30 compliant.
  • You’re adding extra veggies that no one will notice, but you’ll know. Secrets are fun!
  • You now have yet another recipe to use smoked paprika in, because you know, it’s amazing.
ingredients for instant pot beef stew

Want to make your easy healthy meal prep faster? Check out how to freeze onions, how to freeze carrots, and how to freeze potatoes for this dish and future meals.

ingredients in an instant pot for whole30 beef stew

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • The liquid will not cover the top of all the ingredients before cooking. Don’t worry, your stew will not dry out. It’s going to be awesome. Like you!
  • This stew will thicken up quite a bit the next day. If you prefer something with more broth, it is best to reheat with a splash vegetable juice or beef stock.
  • If you’re not doing a Whole30 round, you can sub in cornstarch for arrowroot powder.
  • Need help getting started with the Whole30? You’ll love my free printable Whole30 Meal Plan, Trader Joe’s Whole30 shopping list, and my Whole30 Costco shopping list.
Two bowls of whole30 beef stew with fresh parsley on a white board

Other Whole30 Instant Pot Recipes 


One serving has 1 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

4.94 from 32 ratings

Whole30 Beef Stew

Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 22 minutes
Pressurizing/depressurizing time: 25 minutes
Total: 1 hour 12 minutes
whole30 beef stew in a blue bowl with a spoon and a grey cloth
Instant Pot is the absolute best stew made in under 75 minutes.



  • In a small bowl, combine the salt and pepper, arrowroot powder, and beef. Toss to coat.
    1 lb stew beef, 2 tbsp arrowroot powder, salt and pepper
  • Pour the beef broth and vegetable juice in the bottom of the inner pot.
    2 cups beef broth, 1 cup tomato-based vegetable juice
  • Add the beef and other ingredients to the Instant Pot (do not stir).
    1 cup onion, 5 cups carrots, 4 cups potatoes, 1/2 tsp smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp dried tarragon, 1 bay leaf
  • Lock the lid into place and set the steam release handle (valve on top) to “Sealing”. Press Manual>High Pressure>22 minutes. 
  • When the Instant Pot has finished cooking, allow it to sit for 10 minutes (this is called a natural release).
  • If the pressure indicator is still up, flip the vent to “venting” to remove any remaining pressure.


You can make this beef stew in a slow cooker. Put all the ingredients in your slow cooker and set it to low for 8 hours.
The liquid will not cover the ingredients before cooking. Don’t worry, your stew will not dry out. It’s going to be awesome. Like you!


Serving: 1cupCalories: 236kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 19gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 152mgPotassium: 914mgFiber: 5gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 13675IUVitamin C: 26.6mgCalcium: 72mgIron: 5.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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  1. This looks delicious! I love stew that is full of flavor like this one! I’ll have to try the recipe soon!

  2. Not a very good Instant Pot recipe as the potatoes and carrots were borderline mush (Yes, I followed the recipe to the letter, setting the Instant Pot for exactly 22 minutes), but it was flavorful – so will make it in the crockpot next time.

    1. J, I’m sorry to hear you had that experience with the veggies. May I ask how large you cut them so I can improve directions to help others?

      We make this monthly and have never had the same issue with veggies. Most Instant Pot beef stew recipes call for 25-35 minutes of cooking time; mine is lower to prevent veggies from getting mushy.

  3. Apparently we really love this recipe! I’ve made it twice in less than a month 😆
    Changes I made this time: added an extra pound of meat (it really needed to be cooked) and a second cup of veggie juice. As lazy cooks, we just scrubbed and tossed in the little red potatoes from our produce box and cut up a 2lb bag of baby carrots. Oh, and I hate beef broth so we only ever have chicken broth on hand. We just managed to keep everything below the MAX line in our Instant Pot, but oh man, EVERYONE loved this!!! And, we have plenty of leftovers 😁5 stars

    1. Really pushing the limits of what constitutes a recipe AND the max fill line, right Tina? Ha, I love it!! So glad it’s been working out so well for you. 🙂

  4. Made this last night! Well, I used it as a guide. I had some roasted veggies and sweet potato soup in the fridge that needed to be used so I tossed those in instead of the veggie juice and veggies called for. I used chicken broth (what I had on hand). I did have beef stew meat and potatoes! Even with my crazy substitutions it came out amazing!5 stars

    1. Lady, you know that I love when people use my recipe as a base and make it their own. I’m glad that your rando-fridge items found a home with this recipe.

    1. Did you brown the stew meat before placing in crockpot or did you just dump everything in the crockpot? I’d prefer to dump everything in but not sure what’s best. Thanks!

    1. You can, but you’d be missing a lot of the flavor. If you use sauce, I would add a bit of garlic powder and onion powder.

  5. Your comment about your grandmother caught my eye. I know you love your instant pot but for this stew… what about your wood stove? Or does that only get up and running for the occasional evening? I love using our wood stove to make stews and to simmer that big pot of bones and veg when I make stock.

    1. We only use it in the evening unless it is a snow day. We have enough solar gain in our house that the wood stove makes it too hot unless we wait until about 4 pm to get a fire going.

  6. Hi – the recipe says to put it on the stew setting for Instant Pot and increase the time to 22 minutes… When I put it on the stew setting, it automatically sets to 35 minutes. Am I supposed to increase from 35 (to 57 minutes) or lower the cook time to 22 minutes?

    1. The cook time should be 22 minutes, so if you use the stew setting and it is giving you 35, you would decrease it to 22.

      You can also just cook on manual high pressure for 22 minutes if your stew setting is too high.