Hey! Instant Pot lovers!!! This wintertime stew is simply the best. It’s easy, takes just minutes to throw together and you’ve got a meal in 1 hour, that tastes like you’ve slaved all day to prepare.
Have I got a great recipe for you to try. If you don’t have an Instant Pot, then just use your crock pot. BUT I promise you will love an electric pressure cooker and it’s worth it’s weight in gold.
As always, fresh ingredients that are easy to find, and you may have them in your fridge or pantry already.
Wintertime Stew in the Instant Pot
1 cups sugar free red grape juice
28 oz. crushed tomatoes
1 cups beef broth
2 bay leaves
2 cups sliced baby bella mushrooms
2 cups diced carrots
1 cup diced celery
1 medium sweet onion, diced
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1-2 lbs beef stew meat chunks
2 tablespoons fresh basil
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tbsp. water
Mashed potatoes (optional)
Using an instant pot, electric pressure cooker or crock pot, place your grape juice, crushed tomatoes, beef broth in the pot and stir together.
In a separate bowl, toss the beef with the seasonings, and brown if desired, but not necessary. Then add the vegetables, seasoned meat to the sauce mixture. Stir gently to combine all the ingredients together.
Cook for 45-60 minutes, for the electric pressure cookers, or 6-8 hours on high for the crock pots.
Just before serving, (if your stew is not thick) to thicken, place 1 tbsp. cornstarch mixed with the 1 tbsp. water, stir together until the cornstarch dissolves. Add the cornstarch mixture to the stew while it’s still very hot, or simmering, and stir to thicken slightly. Then add the fresh basil and stir to combine. Serve over warm mashed potatoes for an amazing stick to your ribs winter dinner.
(Hint- The sauce of the stew will be thick like gravy.)
Have a great day y’all! Happy dinnertime.