Balsamic Beef Stew (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker)

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This Balsamic Beef Stew is tender meat combined with carrots, potatoes and celery in a rich and savory broth. The perfect comfort food meal for a cold night or any night! When the weather is chilly, you can never go wrong with a steaming hot bowl of Chicken Enchilada Soup, Instant Pot Beanless Chili or this comforting beef stew.

beef stew served in a white bowl

A warm, hearty stew is one of my favorite winter meals, and this Balsamic Beef Stew that I created is absolutely delicious! It took a few tries to get this recipe exactly how I wanted it, and the third time was a charm, as it turned out perfectly.

This dish has such a delicious flavor and is hearty enough to serve on it's own, and would also be delicious served with my easy Grain-Free Drop Biscuits, or my husband loves it served over white rice.

I've also included slow cooker directions below for anyone that doesn't have an Instant Pot. It's just as easy to make either way!

Beef Stew In the Instant Pot

I do love my Instant Pot, it is such a big time saver in the kitchen! I can have dinner on the table in no time! This Instant Pot beef stew is the perfect example of that. A traditional beef stew would need to simmer for at least a few hours. This Instant Pot version is ready in just 35 minutes and you can't beat that!

How Do You Make Instant Pot Beef Stew?

For the Instant Pot method, place the stew meat, broth, balsamic vinegar, red wine, bay leaf, salt and pepper into your instant pot. Stir to combine. Seal the lid and select the 'manual' mode (high pressure) for 30 minutes.

Once the stew has finished cooking, manually release the pressure. Remove the lid and add the remaining ingredients to the Instant Pot and stir well to combine. Re-seal the lid and select 'manual' mode (high pressure) and press the "-" until the screen says 5 minutes. 

Once the stew has finished cooking for the second time, manually release the pressure once more. Remove the bay leaf and season with additional salt and pepper, to taste. 

adding ingredients to an Instant Pot for beef stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

This beef stew recipe is equally easy to make in your slow cooker. Place the stew meat, broth, balsamic vinegar, red wine, bay leaf, salt and pepper into your slow cooker. Stir to combine and cook on low for 3 hours.

After 3 hours, add the remaining ingredients to your slow cooker, and cook for an additional 4-5 hours. Remove the bay leaf and season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.

wooden spoonful of beef stew

Tips & Variations:

  • The combination of balsamic and red wine gives this stew a really great depth of flavor. Feel free to substitute the red wine with additional beef broth. 
  • Homemade broth is a breeze to make and has so much flavor, but I often go for store bought these days. My personal favorites are Bonafide Provisions and Kettle & Fire, as both are super high quality from companies that I know and trust.
  • My goal is always to make the easiest, most flavorful recipes, so that you can get real food on your table FAST. If you have more time you could start by browning the meat in batches, although I personally didn't find a difference in the flavor when I used this method.

This hearty and delicious stew is a favorite of mine and I know you'll enjoy it too! We especially love to cook this up in the winter, but this beef stew is good enough to serve year round! Enjoy this recipe for my Balsamic Beef Stew!

beef stew with potatoes and carrots served in white bowls





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