Instant Pot Greek Beef Stew (Stefato)

Rich, hearty Instant Pot Greek Beef Stew is an easy to make comfort dinner. Beef, potatoes & vegetables simmer in tomato-y broth that’s healthy & delicious.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keywords beef, beef stew, instant pot, potatoes, recipe, stew
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Release Pressure 10 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 479 kcal
Author Linda Warren


  • 1 1/2 lbs. stew beef cut into 1” cubes
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 8 small onions
  • 8 small potatoes or 2-3 large potatoes cut into chunks
  • 2-3 carrots sliced
  • 3/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Turn Instant Pot to sauté mode and cook beef in butter until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove to bowl.
  2. Add onions to just a small amount of liquid from beef and sauté for about 5 minutes.
  3. Stop sauté mode.
  4. Add beef back into Instant Pot with onions along with potatoes, carrots, tomato paste and cinnamon. Add 2-3 cups of water, or enough to cover all ingredients.
  5. Lock lid and set pressure cooker to high and cook for 35 minutes.
  6. Once it’s done, allow steam to release naturally for 10 minutes then manually release remaining pressure.
  7. Serve with a nice loaf of warm bread on the side.

Recipe Notes

Crockpot/Slow Cooker option: Brown meat in skillet in 1/4 cup butter. Pour beef and drippings into crockpot and add remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on high for 6 hours or low for 10-12 hours.

Dutch Oven option: Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place 1/4 cup butter in Dutch Oven and add meat. Brown meat on stovetop for about 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients, cover and place in oven. Slow roast for 5-6 hours.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Greek Beef Stew (Stefato)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 479 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 135mg 45%
Sodium 618mg 26%
Potassium 1703mg 49%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 9g
Protein 43g 86%
Vitamin A 124%
Vitamin C 35.3%
Calcium 11.4%
Iron 48%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.