Instant Pot Beef Stew – Mexican Style

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This Instant Pot Beef Stew is part hearty stew and part Taco Tuesday. It’s warm and hearty and the perfect dinner for Tuesday nights when the weather starts to cool down. Just kidding – this Instant Pot Beef Mexican Stew makes a perfect dinner for any night – and it’s easy to make.

Hearty stew in a green bowl

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Instant Pot Beef Stew – Mexican Style

We do a lot of taco nights at our house. Tacos are easy, everyone likes them and…well, what more do you need than that?  If you still want those spicy, Mexican-inspired flavors but want to change it up a little bit, try this stew.

Another great taco night dinner idea that’s not quite tacos is this Tex-Mex Meatball Soup, which is another one of our favorites.

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Ingredients for this awesome Beef Stew Recipe

This Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe has a lot of ingredients but don’t let that intimidate you. Most of them are things you keep as pantry stock or freezer stock, such as canned tomatoes and pinto beans, chicken broth, and spices. It’s very flavorful and spicy.

Fresh ingredients such as peppers, onions and potatoes are used to make this stew, although I sometimes use the frozen peppers and onions to save time.

Substitutions: Instant Pot Beef Mexican Stew

The recipe calls for chopped beef stew meet. Although I haven’t personally tried it out, I see no reason why you couldn’t substitute round steak or ground beef. I think it would be great with the coarsely ground beef that is cut for chili. This is a very “meat and potatoes” style meal with veggies and spices, so I think that as long as you stay true to the measurements, you can substitute all you want. Poblano peppers aren’t very spicy, by the way, so don’t be afraid of them. 


Sides and Accompaniments Instant Pot Beef Mexican Stew

This is great served over rice or with rice in the side. This stew already has beans in it but if you want some extra beans, try these homemade refried beans. I feel like you can never have enough beans but I get that others may not agree with this line of thinking. Flour or corn tortillas or crushed tortilla chips are always good. 

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Instant Pot Beef Stew - Mexican Style

This Instant Pot Beef Stew has jalepenos, cumin and other spices to kick it up a few notches from traditional beef stew. This Mexican Style Beef Stew is fast and easy to make for fall and winter evenings.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes 5 seconds
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes 5 seconds

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs chopped beef stew meat
  • 2 cups mini potatoes,  sliced in half ( no need to peel )
  • 2 tbsp.  olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 cans (15 oz size) of fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 poblano pepper, seeds removed, diced
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeds removed, minced
  • 1 tbsp. Minced  garlic
  • 1- 14oz can of pinto beans, drained
  • 1 bouillon cube (any flavor - beef or vegetable bouillon work best)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth

Instructions

Turn instant pot on sauté and add olive oil.

Pat the beef dry with a paper towel.

Add beef to the Instant pot and season the beef with salt and pepper.

Toss the beef to lightly sear, for 5 minutes.

Add the rest of the ingredients to the Instant Pot.

Stir to combine.

Turn instant pot on meat/stew, secure lid, and turn vent to sealing.

The timer should be set for 45 minutes.

Quick-release the instant pot by turning the steam valve from seal to vent.

Stir to combine.

Serve with fresh cilantro and sliced jalapeño, or other desired toppings.

 

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