I haven’t been posting a lot of recipes here lately, even though I have been cooking a lot. It seems as though finding the time to write them down, take photos, and then creating a post has seemed time consuming and hasn’t been happening.
So here is a new recipe that I recently made! I have been doing a lot of soups lately. The girls are really loving them and they are super easy in the instant pot or on the stove top.
This beef stew I whipped together in about an hour and it was a hit. I decided to do this one in the instant pot instead of the crock pot or on the stove. I had gotten home around 5:30pm that evening and decided to throw whatever I could find into the instant pot and make a stew. I had the beef stew meat knowing I wanted to make a stew but by the time I actually got home and went to put it together I was busy and it was getting late. Not sure how it is around your house, but here when my kids want to to they want to eat now. So I was really trying to quickly throw a good dinner together that didn’t consist of potato chips, popcorn, and chocolate!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- 2LBS beef stew meat
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 bell pepper (I used a red pepper because that’s what I had in the refrigerator)
- 2 cups baby carrots, chopped in half
- 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
- 1- 6oz can tomato paste
- 1 – 32oz beef broth or beef stock
- 1 tsp oregano
- sprinkle of red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 1 cup frozen green beans
- salt and pepper to taste
Set the instant pot to saute mode and add olive oil to the bottom along with the beef stew meat. Saute the stew meat along with the onion, pepper, carrots, mushrooms, and garlic. Add some salt and pepper to your meat while it’s cooking.
Once the meat is browned well and has a good color go ahead and add in your beef broth, tomato paste, water, and seasonings. Turn off the saute mode and go ahead and set your instant pot to Beef Stew setting. You will probably have to adjust the time, I set mine for 35 minutes. Seal the lid and make sure your steam valve is set to seal. The instant pot will begin warming up and getting to the correct pressure before it starts cooking the stew for 35 minutes. Once the instant pot goes off you can either let it depressurize itself or you can go ahead and move your seal valve to open and let the pressure out yourself. At this time go ahead and add in your corn and frozen green beans and let them combine and get warm with the stew. You can add whatever frozen vegetables you like. These are what I had on hand in my freezer! Give it all a good mix and serve to those hungry little people in your house.