beef stew with hearty vegetables in a wooden bowl

Easy Sunday Beef Stew

Easy Sunday Beef Stew is one of those happy kitchen accidents that turn out to be favorite tried-and-true recipes.

beef stew and carrots in a wooden bowl being held in a hand

So many people ask me, “Steph, what do you and Z eat on a daily basis?”

Sometimes, it’s all I can do to fry up some ground beef, chuck on some random spice blend, and serve it with slices of raw vegetables.

Other times, it’s the recipes you see here on the blog. In other words, we eat what I write about. Simple. And Easy Sunday Beef Stew is no exception.

I often meal prep on the weekend, and I started making this stew on Sunday afternoons, hence the name. It sorta stuck.

uncooked beef and stew vegetables in the instant pot

Can You Make Beef Stew in a Crock Pot?

It may sound like a great winter-time recipe, but believe it or not, this one is a favorite of mine in warm weather. That’s because it makes use of the Instant Pot.

I haven’t come up with an official slow cooker adaptation for this recipe yet, but you’d probably be fine if you do the following:

  • Increase the bone broth to 2 cups.
  • Increase the cooking time to 5-6 hours on low.

How to Make Beef Stew in the Instant Pot

So, back to the Instant Pot. It’s perfect for summer cooking because it doesn’t heat up the kitchen like the oven does. We have a fabulous antique oven from the 40s – Big Betty, I call her – that’s a total workhorse…

…but she also makes the whole house about a bajillion degrees in the warmer months when she’s running.

instant pot timer set to 30 mintues

The Instant Pot is a savior, too, for getting a hearty dinner like this on the table in 30 minutes of cooking time. Or, you can set it before you leave for work and let it cook. It’ll keep warm for up to 9 hours.

Easy Sunday Beef Stew really is easy. Promise.

It’s one of those recipes that came about by chance: I had stew beef on hand but no idea what I was gonna do with it. After a quick rummage around the fridge and pantry, this is what resulted.

The stew beef gets so tender in the Instant Pot, and the root veggies – carrots and parsnips – give it a hearty feel. I cut the veggies into big chunks so they don’t get mushy.

beef stew with chunky carrots and parsnips

How to Modify this Beef Stew Recipe

Can’t find parsnips? Or don’t like them? (You’re weird. j/k) You could use white potatoes, turnip, or sweet potatoes instead.

If you wanna get fancy, you could brown the meat first, but honestly, most of the time I don’t bother. It still comes out delish.

Diced tomatoes give the broth some depth of flavor along with smoked paprika and rosemary. I use dried because I usually have that on hand. (For some reason, rosemary is one herb I can’t seem to keep alive in my herb garden!)

beef stew with veggies in a wooden bowl

Can You Freeze Beef Stew?

The other great part about my Easy Sunday Beef Stew recipe is that it freezes really well. If you’re stockpiling your freezer reserves, this one works great.

It also makes a great food-gift for new parents, folks recovering from surgery, etc…

…because sometimes the kindest thing is to provide someone with a hot, hearty meal.

beef stew with hearty vegetables in a wooden bowl

Easy Sunday Stew Recipe

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Instant Pot, Paleo, Whole30
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 282 kcal
Author: Steph Gaudreau

Beef Stew in under an hour? It's not impossible when you have an Instant Pot and a few amazing ingredients. It's paleo, gluten-free, and Whole30 friendly. See how!



  • 1.5 lb beef stew meat
  • 2 carrots large, roughly chopped
  • 2 parsnips large, roughly chopped
  • 1 onion medium, chopped
  • 14 oz fire-roasted diced tomatoes 1 can
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • Black pepper to taste


  1. Add the stew beef, carrots*, parsnips*, onion, diced tomatoes, salt, rosemary, smoked paprika, and chicken broth to your Instant Pot. Stir all the ingredients to combine.
  2. Place the lid on the Instant Pot, and close the valve. Set the timer to 30 minutes on Manual.
  3. After the time is up, allow the pressure to release naturally for 15 to 20 minutes for best results. (Quick releasing the pressure can cause the meat to toughen up.)
  4. Adjust the seasoning with salt and black pepper. Serve immediately, refrigerate for up to 5 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

Recipe Notes

*I rough chop my carrots and parsnips so they don't turn to mush in the Instant Pot. Ex: cut a medium-sized carrot into 3 or 4 chunks.

**Crock pot modifications:

  • Increase the bone broth to 2 cups.
  • Increase the cooking time to 5-6 hours on low.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Sunday Stew Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 282 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 88mg29%
Sodium 1009mg42%
Potassium 560mg16%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 3840IU77%
Vitamin C 14.1mg17%
Calcium 61mg6%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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16 Responses

  1. Hey Steph! Huge gratitude to you and what you do! My family eats so well because of the recipes you share, and I am becoming a better gym rat by following you on Insta???
    Wondering if you cook this under high or low pressure? I’ve made it before and I can’t remember what I did… but it was delicious!!! And my husband even admitted that he enjoyed a parsnip for the first time in his life! (He was going to pick them out, but accidentally ate one, and then kept going ?)

  2. Hi Steph! I just love the recipes on your website and thank you so much for this one. I absolutely love it! I am about to start an elimination/provocation diet and would love to keep this in my weekly meal rotation. Is there a substitute you can recommend for the roasted tomatoes? Maybe a squash or pumpkin puree?

  3. I am getting ready to make this now. I’m adding some red potatoes, and mushrooms to the mix. I am so excited to eat this. Thanks for the easy recipe!

  4. The best stew recipe. Ever. Hands down. Great with beef or elk. This is the stew that the kids request over and over again!

  5. One of my favorite go to meals. I have been making it for a couple of years now and share it with others anytime I get the chance. My oldest doesn’t like parsnips (cause he is weird;) so I usually make it with potatoes. When he isn’t around though it’s parsnips for sure.

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