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Instant Pot Four Bean Beef Stew

Instant Pot beef and bean stew is an easy one pot meal. This filling and delicious Four Bean beef stew is full of rich flavor, fiber, protein and nutrients.

Four Bean stew is an easy dinner is quick to whip up in your instant Pot. This delicious dinner is filling and a good budget friendly meal. This stew makes great leftovers.

Hearty winter stews like this one are SO much simpler when made in your electric pressure cooker.

Instant Pot Four Bean Beef Stew
Instant Pot Four Bean Beef Stew with four kinds of dried beans, roasted peppers, Beef, cabbage, carrots, garlic and cabbage.

The Instant Pot is bringing dried beans recipes back into my kitchen. I can now cook them up from UNSOAKED to perfectly done cooked beans in about a half hour.

But much faster cooking time is not the only reason to make dried beans recipes in your instant pot.

Pressure cooker beef stews maximize the healthy nutrients in your beef stew meat recipes and save a few bucks.

Our Instant pot six gun chili recipe and  Instant pot bean and sausage soup recipe also use unsoaked dried beans that are completely cooked in the instant pot in 30 minutes or so. Make your beef stew bean

Dried Bean recipes are VERY healthy for you and make a great bean stew recipe. 

All Beans are full of healthy carbs with a TON of fiber and nutrients. Adding  beans to a hearty stew makes a lot of sense. We ate this stew with NO other carbs. It really is tasty, healthy and filling enough to stand alone as your lunch or dinner.

This article by SFGate explains why dried beans are better nutritionally than canned. The added salt in canned beans results in high sodium levels which can be unhealthy. Dried beans do not contain any added salt.

Instant Pot Four Bean Beef Stew
Instant Pot Four Bean Beef Stew

How to Cook Dry Beans in the Instant Pot:

One more thing about this new frontier of cooking. I’m making my OWN dried bean blend.  It’s easy to mix up your family’s personal favorites. I just bought a bunch of different beans of about the same size and put them together into this pretty mix.

Homemade Dried Bean Mix
Just mix them together in a ratio of 1:1. I used small red beans, black eyed peas, black beans and navy beans for my mix. They are ready to cook!

All you need to keep in mind is your beans in your personal blend should have about the same cooking times so they come out of the instant pot perfectly cooked.

Turn this recipe into Instapot beef bean soup. Simply reduce the stew meat chunks to a small size that will fit handily on a spoon.  Then dilute with more liquids to your desired soupy consistency. 

Here’s How to cook beef stew in the instant pot. IT’S SO EASY!

  • After you finish cooking the beans remove them to a separate bowl.
  • use the saute function and brown the beef chunks with the beef stew seasonings.
  • add in the remaining ingredients.
  • Set the pot for stew and go take a break.
Instant Pot Four Bean Beef Stew
Instant Pot Four Bean Beef Stew. I love the glass lid for saute and storing leftovers.

Instapot Beef Stew is Full of chunks of delicious, hearty beef. This recipe has 42 % of your daily protein needs in just one meal. It also accounts for 20 % of your carbs.

Beef stew ingredients are all pretty healthy if you keep the sodium content down. So look for low sodium cans in you worry about that. And the dry beans will reduce the sodium in this recipe a lot. Just don’t add extra salt while cooking them.

But they are really healthy carbs with LOTS of fiber that will do your body good. All that and it’s naturally low in fat too. Win win!

I bought my 6 quart DUO Instant Pot  and then I bought a Glass Lid. I love using them together for saute’ and slow cooking. The glass lid also makes storing the leftovers in the fridge a breeze. I’ve linked some of my favorite instant pot accessories below for you.

Instant Pot Bean Stew Recipe with Beef

Instant Pot Four Bean Beef Stew
Instant Pot Four Bean Beef Stew with cabbage, carrots and roasted peppers. This is a great flavor combo!

This is NOT a set it and forget it recipe. This recipe is done in a couple of different stages. But it is an easy beef stew. Promise!

  • The Instant Pot will take good care of you.
  • Each step is no fuss and you will have lots of down time to do other things with your day.
  • I put approximate times into the different stages. As you can see this instant pot beef bean soup recipe goes pretty quick with lots of rests for you. Enjoy.
Instant Pot Four Bean Beef Stew
Yield: 12 servings

Instant Pot Four Bean Beef Stew

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

An easy way to make a meaty beef stew with dried beans. No soaking the beans! Instant pot magic!


  • 1/2 Cup dried small red beans
  • 1/2 Cup black-eyed peas
  • 1/2 Cup navy beans
  • 1/2 Cup black beans
  • 5 Cups water
  • 1/2 Cup chopped jarred, fresh or frozen roasted peppers
  • 2 Tablespoon avocado oil-divided
  • 1 1/2 lb. stew meat
  • 14 oz. Can tomato sauce
  • 1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Montreal Seasoning
  • 1/2 Tablespoon marjoram
  • 1/2 small cabbage chopped into serving sized pieces
  • 2 Cups baby carrots


Cook the Beans:

  1. Pour the oil, beans and water into your instant pot.
  2. Seal the lid and press the BEAN function key. Set the timer for 25 minutes.
  3. When the instant pot is finished hit the cancel button and Quick Release
  4. Pour the beans into a bowl retaining the cooking liquid. Set bowl aside till needed.
  5. Rinse the instant pot cooking pot and dry.

Cook the meat:

  1. Set the pot to sauté, pour in 1 Tablespoon avocado oil and the stew meat. Season to taste with the Montreal seasonings and cover with the glass lid (If you have one).
  2. Brown the meat on all sides.
  3. Once the meat is browned (about 15 minutes), turn off the instant pot.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients( except the cooked beans). Put the pressure cooker lid on and seal it.
  5. Press the meat button. It will automatically cook for under pressure for 20 minutes.
  6. Once the instant pot is done push the off button and Quick Release.

Add the cooked beans and stir:

  1. Open the lid and pour the cooked (still warm) beans with the liquid in them into the pot.
  2. Stir and serve.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 1/2 Cups

Amount Per Serving Calories 204Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 56mgSodium 325mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 5gSugar 4gProtein 22g

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Instant Pot beef and bean stew is an easy one pot meal. This filling and delicious Four Bean beef stew is full of rich flavor, fiber, protein and nutrients.
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Instant Pot beef and bean stew is an easy one pot meal. This filling and delicious Four Bean beef stew is full of rich flavor, fiber, protein and nutrients.


Sunday 30th of May 2021

Hi Diane, Thanks for this recipe. I’m in the process of cooking the beans now and I have a question that could make or break the meal. When I add the beans back into the pot at the end, do I put the beans and the retained water, or just the beans?

Thanks so much, Tina


Sunday 30th of May 2021

Hi Tina, I'm sorry the recipe is not more clear. I will revise the instructions for you. After you quick release the meat mixture in the instant pot pour the cooked beans and the liquid left with them into the pot and stir. Hope you enjoy this stew!


Saturday 13th of June 2020

I wonder if you could pressure cook the beans and beef together, and save on time?


Saturday 13th of June 2020

Hi Christina, You can try that. Be sure you sauté and season the meat before adding the beans and water. Add the remaining ingredients and cook for 25 minutes on manual. I'm not sure if the texture of the vegetables will be over cooked. If you worried about that don't add them with the meat. Instead after the beans and meat are cooked quick release and add the vegetables and cook for five minutes or so. Please let me know how this works for you!


Sunday 10th of November 2019

This is such a filling, comforting, and delicious meal. So full of fantastic flavor and rich in fiber and protein. I made this for my grandma yesterday. I was surprised to discover that it was embarrassingly easy to prepare. I followed similar recipe my friend Lisa had shared with me. Grandma had come to stay with us for a while, so I wanted to please her so much. I believe I succeeded. She enjoyed the dish a lot. Thank you for sharing this great recipe and all of the helpful tips. I really appreciate it. I’m so lucky to have come across your wonderful blog. My day wasn’t a total loss. Keep it up!


Sunday 10th of November 2019

Hi Ann, Isn't the Instant Pot such a wonderful kitchen tool? Old time recipes like this one get SO much simpler with it. I'm so happy you love this recipe and that your Grandma enjoyed it too. I'm blessed by your comment. Thank you for sharing your experiences with our recipes. Hope your day keeps getting better!


Wednesday 4th of April 2018

homemade food? what and where is your "homemade" montreal seasoning recipe? I'm a 70 year old foodie that somehow missed that one! seems key to your recipe but so far I have not found it, HELP.


Wednesday 4th of April 2018

Hi James, I'm sorry you are having trouble finding Montreal Steak Seasoning. It's very common in the grocery stores around me. You can make it yourself if you like. Here is a homemade Montreal seasoning Recipe for you to try. I have also included an Amazon affiliate link to McCormicks Montreal Steak Seasoning if you prefer to buy it and can't find it locally. I use the big costco jars so I ALWAYS have some on hand. It's a great seasoning for many recipes. I hope this helps you out! Have a great day!


Sunday 15th of October 2017

I'm taking care of Tommy for a month while his wife, Nok, is in Thailand. I just bought a pressure cooker, so I think next Friday, I'll start using your recipes. This one, the Four Bean Beef Stew, seems easy enough. I'll let you know how I do.


Sunday 15th of October 2017

Hi Susie, All our best to you and Tommy. Did you buy an instant pot? Our Instant pot pressure cooker recipes work really well in that but I can't vouch for other canning type pressure cookers. Let me know what you have and I'll steer you to the right recipes. Hugs from big sister!

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