instant pot guinness beef stew

Guinness Beef Stew (Instant-Pot)

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When you’re kraving a hearty and comforting dinner, this Irish-inspired Guinness Beef Stew is the perfect thing for you to make. You can make it quick in the Instant-Pot (pressure cooker) or low and slow in the slow cooker (you choose!) I’ve added instructions for both methods. 

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The beauty of using the Instant Pot is you get all the flavor of a slow-cooked stew done in a fraction of the time. It’s the perfect cozy dinnertime meal. Simmered in a bottle of Guinness, red wine, and fresh aromatics until it’s perfectly rich, cozy and delicious, and ultra comforting, especially on a cold day. 

The Guinness Beef Stew is a family fave. Each time I make it, I love it more and more. 

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What Are Instant Pots?

Instant Pots are a brand of electric pressure cookers or multicookers. Pressure cookers work by creating heat under a tight seal, so the temperature is much higher than the boiling point of water and the steam can’t escape. The steam cooks food much more quickly than traditional stovetop or oven cooking. You can learn more about how to use an Instant Pot Here.

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What Are The Best Cuts of Beef for Stews?

The tougher cuts of beef are best. They are typically more budget-friendly than the leaner cuts (well, except for oxtail – The price of oxtail is just criminal at this point.)😩 They are marbled and loaded with flavor and when cooked low and slow the collagen will break down resulting in a rich, flavorful and tender stew. Try one of these cuts for your next beef stew:

  • Chuck
  • Oxtail
  • Bone-in short rib
  • Fatty brisket (“point” or “second cut”)
  • Cross-cut shanks
  • Bohemian (Bottom Sirloin Flap)
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How Long Does It Takes To Cook Beef In An Instant Pot?

For large chunks, you cook for 20 minutes (per pound of meat) at high pressure and 15 minutes (per pound of meat) for smaller chunks.

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What’s the secret to a Good Stew Beef (Beef Stew)?

  1. Using the wrong cut of meat. Choosing the right cut is everything and will make or break your beef stew. The tougher cuts are best and will result in a richer, flavorful, and tender stew. I’ve provided a list above (scroll up).
  2. Marinate the beef. Allow that beef to sit in marinate as long as possible- up to 24 hours. 
  3. Searing the meat first. Searing it over high heat gives the meat a deeper, richer flavor. Avoid overcrowding the pot as this will build up steam allowing the meat to simmer in its juices instead of forming a nice crust.
  4. Don’t forget to de-glaze. Use the red wine to de-glaze. Then scrape all the brown bits from searing the meat and incorporate all that flavor into the stew.
  5. Use broth to add even more flavor. I prefer chicken broth to beef when cooking beef stew. It contains fewer additives, and the flavor is lighter than the beef allowing all the flavors in the beef stew to shine through.
  6. Cook for the appropriate amount of time. This will allow the beef to cook and become tender and juicy.
  7. Add veggies at the right time. Add your root vegetables toward the end of the cooking process. That way, they don’t overcook and mash out completely.
  8. Taste. Taste your broth and adjust for salt accordingly.
  9. Thickening Gravy – Decide if you’ll use a cornstarch slurry or allow the broth to reduce and thicken up on it own.
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Ingredients Rundown

Ingredients To Make Guinness Beef Stew

Meat

Beef chuck – Use a well-marbled cut of meat like the chuck and round roast will give you a luxurious gravy texture and the beef stew will be full of flavor.

Seasonings

Garlic powder – you can also use granulated garlic.

Onion powder – you can also use granulated onion.

Smoked paprika -adds a subtle flavor, but you can also use regular paprika.

Salt – my salt fo choice of salt is always Pink Himalyan salt, but the choice of salt is completley up to you.

Fresh cracked black pepper – tastes so much better than ground black pepper you buy in the store, but the choice is completely up to you.

All-purpose seasoning

Aromatics

Custom seasoning blend – this adds another layer of flavor. It’s my own fresh blend.

Whole pimento seeds – brings that Caribbean vibe.

Fresh thyme – is more fragrant than the dry– it’s my FAVE. The choice is yours. Dry thyme will work as well.

Garlic cloves – you can use garlic paste, roasted dehydrated garlic as well.

Scotch bonnet pepper – You’re in control of the heat. Leave it whole and let it float on top to only extract the flavor from the skin. Add slices if you want a more intense heat. How many—thats your call.

Bell peppers – the choice of colors are up to you.

Yellow onion, and Scallion (green onion)

Produce

Carrots and potatoes – no self respecting stew exists without carrots or potato. You can choose one or the other or both.

Liquids

Dry red wine – will give the stew a deeper more complex flavor. Pick a red wine you would enjoy to drink as this flavor will infuse into the gravy. Then drink the rest! cheers!

Chicken stock – adds flavor, depth, and complexity. Store bought beef stock is “almost always inferior in flavor to boxed chicken stock with more flavor enhancing chemicals and less actual beef.”

Guinness Extra Stout Beer – The alcohol will evaporates as the stew simmers (but there will still be traces of alcohol present in the stew) and you will be left with a deep and robust flavor. If you use any other beer besides Guinness Extra Stout you will still get a nice stew, but it may not be as robust or as deep. Regular Guinness will work as well.

Soy sauce – adds a salty unami flavor.

Browning Sauce – add carmelized color to the meat.

Tomato puree – You can also use tomato ketchup.

Oils

Vegetable oil the choice of vegetble oil is up to you.

Dairy

Butter

Garnish

Parsley

Other

All-purpose flour (optional) Adding the all-purpose flour will allow the beef to form that beautiful crust when searing in the instant pot.

Brown sugar (optional) it balances out the salty and savory flavors. If you used tomato ketchup instead tomato puree then no need to use the brownsugar because the ketchup contains enough sugar – no need to add more.

For Rinsing The Meat
¼ cup white distilled vinegar
cold water

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Can I use Regular Guinness or Beer If I cannot Find Guinness Extra Stout?

Absolutely! If you use any other beer besides Guinness Extra Stout you will still get a nice stew, but it may not be as robust or as deep. Regular Guinness will work as well.

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What Goes Well With Guinness Beef Stew?

I typically served beef stew over white rice or mashed potatoes.

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Got Leftovers?

Make sure the leftovers have cooled down to room temperature before storing.

How To Store Leftover Guinness Beef Stew In The Fridge?

You can store your leftover beef stew in the fridge for 3-4 days.

How To Store Guinness Beef Stew In The Freezer?

Store your leftovers covered in airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags, or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or freezer wrap.

How Long Does Beef Stew Last In The Freezer? 

Properly stored, it will maintain the best quality for about 4 months but will remain safe beyond that time.

Leftovers can be kept for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. After that, the risk of food poisoning increases. If you don’t think you’ll be able to eat leftovers within four days, freeze them immediately.

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Need To Reheat?

How To Reheat Leftover Beef Stew Recipe Name On The Stove Top

Empty the beef stew in a saucepan over low heat and allow the food to heat all the way thru slowly. It does take some patience to re-heat this way, but of course, you can use the microwave. (see microwave instructions below)

How To Reheat Leftover Beef Stew In The Microwave?

Place a damp paper towel over the plate to add moisture and prevent the goat meat from drying out too much. Reheat for about 4-5 minutes until your meal has heated all the way through. The actual time varies depending on your microwave.

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Guinness Beef Stew (Instant-Pot)

Guinness Beef Stew (Instant-Pot)

When you’re kraving a hearty and comforting dinner, this Irish-inspired Guinness Beef Stew is the perfect thing for you to make. You can make it quick in the Instant-Pot (pressure cooker) or low and slow in the slow cooker (you choose!)  It’s the perfect cozy dinnertime meal.

Recipe by Kerri-Ann Bryan
5 from 2 votes
Course: MainCuisine: Irish-AmericanDifficulty: Medium
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

49

minutes
Calories

1127.42

kcal
Marination

24

hours
De-pressurization

10

minutes
Total time

24

hours 

59

minutes

Gather Your Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds beef chuck, cubed

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)

  • 1 teaspoon fresh black pepper (or to taste)

  • 6 whole pimento seeds, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon browning (you may need more during the cooking process.)

  • 2 tablespoons custom seasoning blend

  • 2-3 tablespoons all-purpose flour (Adding the all-purpose flour will allow the beef to form that beautiful crust when searing in the instant pot.)

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil + 1 teaspoon

  • 1 large onion, peeled, sliced & divided, (approximately 1/2 cups), half to sauté & half for later in the cooking process)

  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced

  • 3 whole carrots washed, peeled, and chopped in rounds

  • 4 ounces tomato puree (or 8 ounces tomato sauce)

  • 3 cups dry red wine

  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth (or beef broth)

  • 1 bottle Guinness extra stout beer (11.5 ounces)

  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme

  • 2 stalks scallion, crushed

  • 1/4 cup bell peppers

  • 1 whole scotch bonnet pepper

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (optional)

  • 1 tablespoons oyster sauce

  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • parsley to garnish

Instructions

  • Trim meat (if necessary) to remove excess fat and the silver skin and discard. (silver skin is the thin membrane of connective tissue commonly found on beef and pork tenderloins.)
  • Next, cut meat into 1-inch cube pieces.
  • Rinse cubed beef in a mixture of water and vinegar. Add enough water to cover the meat.
  • Drain and rinse with fresh cool tap water at least twice, then drain again and pat dry with a clean paper towel. Drain any excess water that might be sitting in the bottom of the bowl.
  • In a medium-large bowl, add beef, custom seasoning blend, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, pimento seeds, all-purpose seasoning, salt, black pepper, soy sauce, browning, and vegetable oil. Massage to combine meat and seasoning, then cover in an airtight container and place in the bottom of the refrigeration to marinate for at least 20 minutes. Overnight is best.
  • Plug in your Insta-pot and press the sauté button to heat the cooker.
  • Add two tablespoons of vegetable oil.
  • Heat vegetable oil.
  • Add as many beef pieces as you can fit in a single layer without overcrowding the pot. Sear, occasionally turning until the meat is uniformly golden brown all over, including the sides. Transfer meat to a plate; repeat until you’ve browned all your pieces of beef.
  • In the recipe video – I seared my beef chunks in a separate pot (cast iron). I felt my instant wasn’t hot enough and it was generating steam and steaming the beef. To prevent this and use only one pot – you can coat each piece in a light dusting of flour to form a nice crust when searing in the instant pot. (I just didn’t have the patience to do so at the time🤭).
  • Do not wash Insta-pot liner after searing.
  • Add and sauté 1/2 the onions, garlic until onions are translucent and softened approximately two minutes.
  • Halfway thru stir in the tomato puree.
  • Add red wine to deglaze the pan. Use a wooden spoon to scrape the pan bits to incorporate.
  • Add Dragon Stout and chicken broth, stir and allow the wine & stout mixture to reduce by at least half. Add beef and any juices released, cover, lock pressure cooker lid in place, turn steam vent handle to sealing, and select Meat/Stew—Cook for 35 minutes.
  • Let the pot de-pressurize naturally for 10 minutes, then turn the steam vent handle to Venting to quick-release remaining pressure.
  • Check meat tenderness. The meat should be tender enough to cut with a spoon at this point.
  • Press the sauté button and add carrots, potatoes, remaining onions, thyme, scallion, bell peppers, whole scotch bonnet pepper, bay leaves, and cook for 10 minutes or until potatoes and carrots are tender.
  • Cover the pot loosely with Insta-Pot Cover.
  • Lastly, stir in oyster sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, and sugar. Taste broth and adjust for salt.
  • Allow broth to reduce into a thick, rich, and silky gravy.
  • To serve: Serve with Jamaican rice & peas, plain white rice, or over mashed potatoes.
  • Cook on medium heat and add more stock if needed
  • How To Cook Guinness Beef Stew In a Slow Cooker
  • Heat vegetable oil on medium-high heat in a large skillet.
  • Sear the beef on all sides for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add all ingredients and gently stir.
  • Cover with lid and cook on low for 8 hours.

Recipe Video

Kerri’s Recipe Tips

  • Purchasing 2.5 pounds of beef chuck will result in approximately 1.5 pounds when all trimmed, cut up, and cubed)
  • Adding the all-purpose flour will allow the beef to form that beautiful crust when searing in the instant pot.
  • Sear the beef chunks before pressuring for added depth of savory flavors.
  • Use a well-marbled cut of meat like the chuck and round roast will give you a luxurious gravy texture and the beef stew will be full of flavor.
  • Use the red wine to de-glaze. Then scrape all the brown bits from searing the meat and incorporate all that flavor into the stew.
  • Add your root vegetables toward the end of the cooking process. That way, they don’t overcook and mash out completely.
  • I ALWAYS recommend reading through the recipe in full a couple of times before starting. That way you know exactly what to expect and you can prep accordingly.
  • Gather all your ingredients before cooking. This way you don’t forget to add an ingredient or two. Believe me, It has happened so many times so I use “mise en place” to save my sanity and the recipe.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container


Calories1127.42

  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 59.11g 91%
    • Sodium 3242.28mg 136%
    • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
    • Total Carbohydrate 43.91g 15%
      • Dietary Fiber 3.61g 15%
      • Sugars 9.23g
    • Protein 52.07g 105%

      * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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