Ground Beef Stew
using an Instant Pot
An easy instant pot dinner option. Just toss some ingredients in the instant pot and let it roll.
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What you will need
1 red onion
olive oil as needed
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp paprika or chili powder
1 lb ground beef
2 large russet potatoes
2 large carrots
1 large can (28oz.) crushed tomatoes
How to cook
For stews, I usually slice onions longitudinally. I think that the slight variation in flavor and texture is well suited to this application.
Cut the jalapeño very finely. This way they'll mostly disappear in the cooking process. A fine dice like this is also known as a brunoise. The jalapeño here is just to add a little extra heat. Skip it if you aren't a fan of spicy food.
Warm some oil in your instant pot. You can turn the pot on to the meat setting to get it going.
Dump in the onion and let it cook for a few minutes.
Add the jalapeño and cook for 5-10 minutes, or until the onion begins to tenderize and turn translucent.
When the onions are beginning to soften, toss in the spices. I like to give my spices a few minutes to toast. It really helps the flavor.
Add ground beef
Once you can smell your spices, dump in the ground beef. Let it cook until browned.
Peel and dice the potatoes. If you need a hand, or want to improve your technique, just check out this recipe.
Add tomatoes, potato, and carrot
Now you can add the remaining ingredients. Dump them in, and stir it all up.
Seal 'er up and let 'er roll. I believe I used some kind of meat setting on this. I don't pay much attention with my instant pot. I just push a button that makes sense and then check to see if it's done cooking.
Season and serve
If the potatoes are tender all the way through, it's ready to eat. Season with salt and pepper.