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Instant Pot Beef Stew Casserole

Instant Pot beef stew casserole is incredible! With tender beef and rice cooked in one pot with vegetables too it is a pressure cooker recipe you will love. 

instant pot beef casserole

We called this deliciousness Instant Pot beef stew casserole, you could also say it’s beef and rice. Whatever the name is I will tell you the flavors are amazing!! I bet you’ll put this Instant Pot recipe on your meal rotation soon too. (originally published 11/19, affiliate links present)

With tender beef cooked in a sweet homemade teriyaki like sauce your kids will call it amazing too.

It’s one of our favorite Instant Pot stew meat recipes around.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

I HIGHLY recommend you buy this non stick pot. It is easier to clean and will avoid the burn message too.

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Instant Pot Beef Tips and Rice

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

I’ll admit, I kinda’ came up with this on the fly. I was THRILLED at how perfect it came out on the first go around, I am not always that lucky.

  • I had a package of stew meat I needed to use and rummaged through the pantry to come up with an idea.

That’s where this Instant Pot beef and rice recipe came to fruition.

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I had a few packages of beef stew meat in the freezer that needed to be used. I took out two just in case my “creation” didn’t work well the first time.

Quick and easy casseroles are my style so I started throwing things in.

What is the difference between beef casserole and beef stew?

Stew does not include either rice or noodles in the mixture. It only includes meat, vegetables and a thick gravy. With this you have a complete one pot meal with everything cooked together.

What can I add to my beef stew for flavor?

To me it is all about the sauce and seasonings, so there are a bunch. Worcestershire sauce is pretty much a must have with some sort of thickening agent at the end.

Using beef broth instead of water will create a richer flavor as well. Keep bouillon cubes on hand in case you run out of this.

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Yes you could make pressure cooker stew with this meat, but I wanted something different.

  • We just love Instant Pot casseroles! You can literally throw everything in, close the lid and walk away. Add uncooked noodles or rice and everything is tender to perfection in less than 30 minutes total.

We’ve been focusing on Instant Pot steak recipes lately because that’s what I have left in my freezer.

You see we bought half a cow earlier this year. I use a lot of ground beef, but all the other cuts kinda’ get ignored. Now was the time to get going on what we had because I hate food going to waste!

Beef and rice in the Instant Pot

This does take two steps. That is due to the long cook time for the beef, and shorter for the grains. It’s still a super quick Instant Pot dinner though.

instant pot beef stew

Here’s the first step. I didn’t bother browning the meat, I just threw everything in and stirred so all the beef stew pieces were coated nicely.

Then close the lid, set to high pressure for 18 minutes and you’re ready for step 2.

Instant Pot beef stew casserole

  1. Beef stew meat or beef tips
  2. Onion
  3. Minced garlic & ginger
  4. Soy sauce
  5. Brown sugar
  6. Beef broth

I mean you could use stock instead, but I typically just use what I have on hand as far as this is concerned. Water works but won’t add as much flavor.

  1. Rice vinegar
  2. Garlic powder
  3. Carrot
  4. Celery
  5. Mushrooms
    1. I prefer baby bellas
  6. Uncooked white rice

If you want to add a bit (or a lot) of heat you can add some Sriracha too. I just added 1 tbsp and it just added flavor, not heat.

instant pot beef stew casserole
  • The most important thing to remember when making a pressure cooker rice casserole is to NOT stir it in.

You must sprinkle the uncooked rice on the top and just gently submerge it into the liquid on the top. If you don’t follow this rule you will have a recipe fail, and receive the burn message.

Substitutions you could make: You could dice beef chuck roast if that’s what you had. If you wanted to season meat with a sprinkle of salt and pepper to begin with that would be fine.

A splash of Worcestershire sauce would be a good add in and if you only have chicken broth I’d use that over water for this. 1/2 cup of fried onions on top at the end might be good too.

Instant Pot Beef and Rice

instant pot beef and rice

Looking for more easy InstaPot recipes?

It may become your new favorite Instant Pot beef recipe.

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Here are quick step by step directions but I also have a printable recipe card below as well.

Time needed: 27 minutes.

Instant Pot Beef Stew Casserole

  1. Add ingredients

    Put first 10 ingredients into your pressure cooker (meat, sauce and seasonings), stir to combine.

  2. Cook

    Close lid and steam valve. Cook on high for 18 minutes with a 5 minute natural release. Release rest of pressure and then continue.

  3. Pour in vegetables

    Lift lid and add carrots, celery, mushrooms and rest of your beef broth. Sprinkle the uncooked white rice on top and gently submerge into your liquid, do not stir!!

  4. Pressure cook

    Close lid and steam valve and set to high pressure for 9 minutes followed by a 3 minute natural release. Release rest of steam after that, fluff rice and serve!

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You can make a slow cooker beef stew recipe if you want it the traditional way. Or use chicken and make a similar dish we call Crockpot cheesy chicken and rice

Note: I have not made this with brown rice yet. It would take longer. If I use that style of cooking rice in the future I will add pressure cooking time for that as well. 

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Instant Pot Beef Stew Casserole

Instant Pot beef stew casserole is incredible! With tender beef and rice cooked in one pot with vegetables too it is a pressure cooker recipe you will love.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, casserole, instant pot, pressure cooker, stew
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 306kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add first 10 ingredients into your pressure cooker and stir. Close lid and steam valve. Cook on high for 18 minutes with a 5 minute natural release. Release rest of pressure and then continue.
  • Lift lid and add carrots, celery, mushrooms and rest of your beef broth.
  • Sprinkle the uncooked white rice on top and gently submerge into your liquid, do not stir.
  • Close lid and steam valve and set to high pressure for 9 minutes followed by a 3 minute natural release. Release rest of steam after that and stir, serve!

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Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Beef Stew Casserole
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 306 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 988mg43%
Potassium 386mg11%
Carbohydrates 66g22%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 1758IU35%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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