Instant Pot Traditional Beef Roast and Potatoes

Instant Pot Beef Roast and Potatoes

instant pot beef recipeSorry for the lack of Instant Pot recipes – with Thanksgiving happening and working on finishing retouching/editing on the holiday photo sessions during “busy time”, it has been crazy to say the least.

I made this before and posted it on my instagram, but wanted to make it again to share here on the blog.

Beef roasts in the Instant Pot are seriously out of this world.  When I made my first, I told Dean that it was a cheap chuck roast, and he said, “yeah, that’s never good.”  Well…. I have to say, chuck roast, in my opinion, is the best in the Instant Pot, but I have tried other roasts and they were good, but chuck is the best.


Instant Pot Beef Roast and Potatoes

  • Chuck Roast (for this recipe, I used 3.3 lb roast)
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups of beef broth
  • 1 large onion cut in large pieces
  • Fresh carrots chopped up
  • One bag of mini potatoes (these turn out creamy on the inside and perfectly intact and don’t smush when you stir everything in the pot)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped baby bella mushrooms (I love mushrooms with this but I didn’t have any this time) – you can add frozen corn as well if you want it more of a stew.
  • 2 teaspoons parsley
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • 2 packets of Lipton Beefy Onion Soup Mix
  • Farm Dust to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 1 teaspoon cold water

salt and peperWhile you can put salt and pepper on your roast and then saute it first, I don’t do this.  As I always say, I feel it is a waste of time for me personally.  Place chuck roast in Instant Pot, add beef broth.


instant pot roast postatoesI have found when I use Lipton soup packets, it’s better to distribute it all over the vegetables before placing them in the Instant Pot.  I put the chopped vegetables and the whole potatoes in a bowl, throw the olive oil and seasoning and lid on, and shake.  I put them in the Instant Pot and then close it up, add salt, pepper (and in this case Farm Dust – I buy it locally from an Amish market – it’s not necessary though..) and parsley, set to manual 75-80 minutes (you can get away with a bit less for a smaller roast but I wouldn’t go under 60 minutes or over 90 minutes).  10 minute natural pressure release.

instant pot beef roast The meat will fall apart if you stir the contents when you open it.  At this point, I turn the saute mode on and add the cornstarch/water mixture to thicken up the broth/seasoning for a nice gravy like composition.  You can see it thickened up with the cornstarch.  Once it begins to bubble, that’s all that is needed.

That’s it.  This is absolutely delicious.


instant pot beef stew roastI used an 8 Quart Instant Pot for this.



About Jodie Otte

Maryland Newborn Photographer and Child Portrait Artist, Jodie Holstein-Otte, specializes in unique photography of newborn babies, kids, and families. She works on location in Harford, Howard, Cecil, Anne Arundel, Baltimore and other areas throughout Maryland. She uses both both natural lighting and soft studio lighting techniques.

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