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Instant Pot Mexican Beef Stew

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Spice up your mealtime routine with Instant Pot Mexican Beef Stew! This easy-to-make stew packs a punch of flavor with tender beef, hearty vegetables, and a delicious blend of Mexican spices.

Say goodbye to complicated cooking – this recipe is all about simplicity and bold taste. Get ready to warm up your dinner table with a bowl full of Mexican Stew comfort!

If you love this Mexican Stewed Beef recipe be sure to check out our Instant Pot Irish Stew and Instant Pot Chicken Stew recipes.

Mexican Beef Stew

Why You’ll Love This Reicpe

  • Bold Flavors: This easy beef stew is packed with the robust, hearty flavors of traditional Mexican cuisine.
  • Effortless Cooking: The Instant Pot creates tender beef in a fraction of the time.
  • Versatile Meal: Perfect as a standalone dish or served over rice or tortillas.

Recipe Ingredients

The ingredients in this Mexican beef stew serve 4-5 people. Here’s what you need:

  • Chopped Beef Stew Meat: The hearty, protein-packed base of your stew, providing a rich and filling bite.
  • Potatoes: Add body and heartiness to the stew, absorbing all the flavors while also providing a comforting, starchy component.
  • Olive Oil: Used for sautéing the meat and vegetables, it helps to build layers of flavor right from the start.
  • Salt & Ground Black Pepper: Fundamental seasonings that enhance all the other flavors in the stew.
  • Fire Roasted Tomatoes: Add a smoky, slightly sweet depth that pairs beautifully with the beef.
  • Onion, Poblano Pepper, Jalapeño Peppers: Bring a combination of sweetness, mild heat, and a kick of spiciness, giving the stew a distinct Mexican flair.
  • Minced Garlic: Adds a punch of flavor, infusing the stew with its unique, pungent aroma.
  • Pinto Beans: Contribute an earthy taste and creamy texture, making the stew even more satisfying.
  • Mexican Flavor Bouillon: Intensifies the stew’s savory, umami flavors with a hint of Mexican spices.
  • Cumin, Chili Powder, Oregano, Cayenne Pepper: Blend imparts a warm, aromatic, mildly spicy profile that’s characteristic of Mexican cuisine.
  • Chicken or Beef Broth: Forms the liquid base of the stew, adding a rich, meaty flavor that ties everything together.
  • Chopped Fresh Cilantro: Used as a garnish, it brings a fresh, herby note that brightens up the hearty stew.
Instant Pot Mexican Beef Stew

How to Make Instant Pot Mexican Beef Stew?

This delicious Instant Pot Mexican Beef Stew is a one-pot recipe. Follow these steps below for an easy Mexican beef stew recipe:

Step 1 Sauté The Beef

Turn the Instant Pot on to sauté mode and add olive oil. Pat the beef chunks dry with a paper towel. Add the chopped chuck roast beef to the Instant Pot and season the beef with salt and pepper. Toss the beef and lightly sear, for 5 minutes.

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Step 2 Add Ingredients To Instant Pot

Add the potatoes and onions, beans, diced tomatoes and diced poblano peppers to the Instant Pot.

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Next, add the minced jalapeno peppers, fresh garlic, and all the remaining ingredients. Pour in the beef broth and stir to combine.

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Step 3 Pressure Cook Mexican Beef Stew

Turn the Instant Pot on. Secure the pressure cooker lid and turn the vent to seal. Set the Instant Pot to cook on high pressure for 45 minutes.

Step 4 Quick Release Pressure

Quick-release the Instant Pot by turning the steam valve from seal to vent.

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Step 5: Garnish and Serve

Garnish the beef stew with fresh chopped cilantro, diced avocado and a squeeze of lime juice and sliced jalapenos.

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Cooking Tips

  • No Need for Taco Seasoning: With all the flavors found in this instant Pot Mexican beef stew, there is no need for additional taco seasoning or tomato paste. This stew has the perfect balance of spicy and savory flavors.
  • Deglaze Pot: If there are any bits stuck to the bottom of the pot, quickly deglaze with a small amount before pressure cooking.

Variations

  • Make It Creamy: You can also add a touch of cream at the end before serving for added creaminess.
  • Less Spicy: If you’re not a fan of spicy food, you can omit the jalapenos and cayenne pepper.

Substitutions

  • Beef: You can substitute the beef chuck roast with beef brisket or ground beef.
  • Beans: You can also substitute the pinto beans with black beans, kidney beans or cannellini beans.
  • Bouillon: If you don’t have a Mexican flavor bouillon cube, you can use beef or chicken bouillon cubes.
  • Veggies: You can also add some diced bell peppers, carrots, frozen peas and celery to this stew.
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Storage & Reheating Instructions

  • Storage: Leftover Mexican beef stew can be stored in an airtight container and placed in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Freeze: You can freeze beef stew in the freezer for 2-3 months. Place the cooled stew in an air tight container or freezer bag.
  • Thaw & Reheat: Thaw your leftover stew overnight in the fridge and reheat in the microwave for 3 minutes or on the stove top until piping hot.

What to Serve With This Recipe

Wondering what to serve with Mexican beef stew? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Enjoy this delicious Mexican-style beef stew with warm tortillas, refried beans and a side of Spanish rice. (Mexican rice)
  • You could also serve this beef stew recipe with a side of sweet potatoes and a dollop of sour cream or sprinkle of grated cheese.
  • What I like to make with any stew is some kind of bread side. You can even make homemade bread in your Instant Pot. Besides serving rolls, biscuits, or other bread with your stew, you could make some Mexican appetizers. We love Jalapeno Corn Dip and Quesadillas.

FAQ’S

What Is Mexican Beef Stew?

Mexican Beef Stew is a traditional Latin American dish that consists of beef, potatoes, peppers, and beans. It’s usually flavored with Mexican spices and seasonings and has a robust, spicy flavor. Mexican beef stew is sometimes called Spanish Beef Stew.

Will The Stew Meat Be Fork Tender?

Yes, the beef chuck roast should become tender after cooking for a specified amount of time. If you want it to be even more fork-tender, then cook for an extra 30 minutes or so.

Mexican Beef Stew Cooking Times

This Mexican-style beef stew takes 45 minutes to cook on high pressure.

Can You Freeze Beef Stew?

You can also freeze Mexican beef stew for up to 3 months. To reheat, simply place the stew in a pot over medium heat until warmed through.

Can I Cook Mexican Beef Stew In the Slow Cooker?

Yes. If you want to make crock pot Mexican beef stew then you can cook it in the slow cooker or even the Dutch Oven.

Simply follow the same instructions as above but place all of the ingredients into a slow cooker instead and set to medium-high heat for 4-5 hours or low heat for 7-8 hours, stirring once or twice during cooking.

Can I Add Dried Chilies to This Recipe?

Yes you can! If you want to add some heat to this Mexican beef stew recipe, feel free to add a few dried chilies (like guajillo or ancho) when adding the other spices.

When using dried chilies, remember you only need a few and they will give your stew a nice smoky flavor. You can find them in the Mexican aisle at most grocery stores.

If you want to add some diced chilies, like jalapeno or serrano, that’s fine too. Just make sure to adjust the amount of chilies you add depending on how spicy you want your stew to be.

Can I Use This Recipe for Mexican Chicken Stew or Mexican Pork Stew?

Yes. If you want to make Instant Pot Mexican Chicken Stew or Instant Pot Mexican Pork Stew then follow the same instructions. Be sure to use boneless, skinless chicken thighs or pork and cut into cubes before cooking.

Also, you may need to reduce the cooking time by half or chicken as it cooks much faster than beef. Pork can be cooked in the same amount of time as beef.

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Instant Pot Mexican Beef Stew

Yield: 4-5
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Try this Instant Pot Mexican Beef Stew Recipe! This family will love the flavors and it's super easy to cook.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs Chopped Beef Stew Meat (chuck roast)
  • 2 Cups Potatoes, sliced in half ( no need to peel )
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Cans Fire Roasted Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Onion, diced
  • 1 Poblano Pepper, seeds removed, diced
  • 2 Jalapeño Peppers, seeds removed, minced
  • 1 tbsp. Minced Garlic
  • A 14oz Can of Pinto Beans, drained
  • A Mexican Flavor Bouillon
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 1/2 Cups Chicken or Beef Broth
  • Chopped Fresh Cilantro (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Turn the Instant Pot on to sauté mode and add olive oil. Pat the beef chunks dry with a paper towel. Add the chopped chuck roast beef to the Instant pot and season the beef with salt and pepper. Toss the beef and lightly sear, for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the potatoes and onions, beans, diced tomatoes and diced poblano peppers to the Instant Pot. Next, add the minced jalapeno peppers, fresh garlic, and all the remaining ingredients. Pour in the beef broth and stir to combine.
  3. Turn the Instant Pot on. Secure the pressure cooker lid and turn the vent to seal. Set the Instant Pot to cook on high pressure for 45 minutes.
  4. Quick-release the Instant Pot by turning the steam valve from seal to vent.
  5. Garnish the beef stew with fresh chopped cilantro, diced avocado and a squeeze of lime juice and sliced jalapenos.

Notes

  • No Need for Taco Seasoning: With all the flavors found in this instant Pot Mexican beef stew, there is no need for additional taco seasoning or tomato paste. This stew has the perfect balance of spicy and savory flavors.
  • Deglaze Pot: If there are any bits stuck to the bottom of the pot, quickly deglaze with a small amount before pressure cooking.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 831Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 248mgSodium: 1239mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 14gSugar: 5gProtein: 89g

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