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Instant Pot Irish Stew Recipe: Hearty & Homely

Written by: Lucas Johnson

This hearty Instant Pot Irish Stew is my go-to comfort food. Tender beef, chunky veggies, and a rich broth, all cooked up in a jiffy. It's like a warm hug in a bowl!

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Imagine coming home to a hearty, warming stew, brimming with tender beef and flavorful veggies, all melded together in an unforgettable symphony of taste. That's my Instant Pot Irish Stew for you! No fuss, no long cooking hours, just straightforward, good old comfort food. Picture your spoon sinking into chunks of melt-in-your-mouth beef, potatoes and carrots, all bathed in a rich, savory broth. You gotta give this one a whirl. I promise, it's a game-changer!

Ingredients for Instant Pot Irish Stew

  • Stewing beef: Tenderizes during cooking, adds rich flavor and texture to the stew, creating a hearty and satisfying dish.
  • Onion: Provides a savory base flavor, adds depth to the stew, and enhances the overall taste with its aromatic qualities.
  • Garlic: Infuses the stew with a robust flavor, complements the beef, and adds a delicious aromatic element to the dish.
  • Carrots: Add natural sweetness, vibrant color, and a subtle earthy flavor, balancing the richness of the stew.
  • Potatoes: Thicken the stew, add a comforting starchiness, and absorb the flavors of the broth and meat for a wholesome dish.
  • Beef broth: Provides a rich and savory base, enhances the meaty flavor, and adds depth to the stew's overall taste profile.
  • Guinness beer: Imparts a unique malty flavor, tenderizes the meat, and adds a rich complexity to the stew's broth.
  • Tomato paste: Adds depth and richness to the stew, enhances the umami flavor, and helps thicken the broth for a hearty texture.
  • Thyme: Infuses the stew with a warm, herbaceous flavor, complements the beef, and adds a subtle earthy note to the dish.

Kitchen Tools Required

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the stew quickly while keeping the flavors locked in.
  • Chef's knife: Needed to chop the vegetables and meat into the right size for even cooking.
  • Cutting board: Provides a safe and stable surface for chopping ingredients without damaging countertops or knives.

Instant Pot Irish Stew Recipe: Hearty & Homely

This Instant Pot Irish Stew is a hearty and homely dish perfect for a cozy dinner. Made with tender stewing beef, vegetables, and a touch of Guinness beer, it's a comforting meal that's easy to prepare in your Instant Pot.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Irish
Servings 6 servings
Calories 380 kcal


  • Instant Pot


Main Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs stewing beef cut into chunks
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 carrots sliced
  • 3 potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup Guinness beer
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  • Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode and heat the olive oil.
  • Brown the beef in batches and set aside.
  • Add onions and garlic to the pot, sauté until softened.
  • Stir in tomato paste, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  • Pour in the Guinness beer and deglaze the pot.
  • Add the beef back to the pot along with carrots, potatoes, and beef broth.
  • Close the lid, set to high pressure for 35 minutes.
  • Quick release the pressure and serve hot.


For a thicker stew, you can mash some of the potatoes after cooking.

Nutrition value:

Calories: 380kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 28gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 780mgPotassium: 900mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 120IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 4mg


Keyword Instant Pot, Irish Stew, Stew
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Preparing Irish Stew Ahead of Time and Freezing Tips

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the stew as instructed but do not cook it.
  • Store the uncooked stew in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • After preparing the stew, let it cool completely.
  • Transfer the stew to a freezer-safe container or resealable bag.
  • Label with the date and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Adding a splash of apple cider vinegar to this Irish stew can enhance the flavors and give it a subtle tangy kick.

Common Questions About This Instant Pot Recipe

Can I use a different type of beer instead of Guinness in this recipe?
Yes, you can substitute Guinness with another stout or dark beer for a similar flavor profile.
How can I make this recipe vegetarian?
To make this recipe vegetarian, you can replace the beef with mushrooms or tofu and use vegetable broth instead of beef broth.
Can I add other vegetables to this stew?
Absolutely! Feel free to add in additional vegetables like celery, parsnips, or turnips to customize the stew to your liking.
How can I thicken the stew if it's too thin?
If the stew is too thin for your liking, you can mix a tablespoon of cornstarch with a little water and stir it into the stew while on sauté mode until it thickens.
Can I make this stew ahead of time?
Yes, this stew actually tastes even better the next day as the flavors have more time to meld together. Just store it in the fridge and reheat when ready to enjoy.

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