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Instant Pot Beef Bourguignon

Stew Beef is cooked in red wine alongside bacon, carrots, mushrooms, and onions, for a deep, umami-rich meal. We are cooking this French classic in an Instant Pot to cut the cook time for this recipe in half!
Course Main Course, stew
Cuisine France
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Pressure Building 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 573kcal


  • Pressure Cooker/Instant Pot
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Slotted Spoon


  • 6 slices bacon uncooked, diced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup carrots diced
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 3 lbs stew beef cut into cubes
  • 2.5 cups beef stock
  • ¾ cup red wine
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 2 tsp garlic
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • 3 sage leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 oz white mushrooms sliced
  • 6 tbsp flour
  • 6 tbsp water


  • Turn the Instant Pot to saute.
  • Put the bacon bits in the pot and fry until they are cooked through. Using a slotted spoon, remove the bacon bits from the pot and leave on a paper-towel lined plate. Leave the grease in the pot.
  • Add the onions and carrots into the pot and saute in the bacon grease. You may add a tablespoon of olive oil if the pot gets dry. Cook until the carrots and onions soften, then remove them from the pot.
  • Add about 1 tbsp of olive oil into the pot and about ⅓ of the beef, so that it is all in one layer. Allow the beef to brown on each side. Do this in batches until all the beef is brown on the outside, adding more olive oil as the pot gets dry. Once all beef is browned, remove it to a separate bowl.
  • Add a splash of beef broth into the pot. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to scrape up any brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pot. This is important so as not to get a burn notice.
  • Add the rest of the broth and the wine into the pot. Then add the bacon, cooked carrots and onions, seared beef, garlic, herbs, tomato paste, and mushrooms.
  • Put the lid on the pot and cook on HIGH for 45 minutes.
  • When the timer is done, allow for a 10 minute Natural Pressure Release. Then Perform a Quick Release.
  • Open the lid, and turn the pot to SAUTE and bring the sauce to a boil. In a small bowl, add 6 tbsp water to 6 tbsp flour and mix until the flour is dissolved, forming a slurry. Add the slurry into the stew. Allow to boil for 5 minutes on SAUTE until the sauce thickens.
  • Serve with mashed potatoes, croutons, or noodles.


Recipe copyright The Foreign Fork. For educational or personal use only. 
  • Red Wine: Try to go with a Red Burgundy wine such as Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon, if possible, as it will bring out delicious flavors in the beef.
  • This dish is typically made in the oven using a dutch oven. You can use this method if you’d prefer, though I’d recommend using Julia Child’s recipe
  • Patting the beef dry before searing will allow the meat to connect with the pan better
  • Quite a few Instant Pot Beef Bourguignon recipes call for pearl onions in addition to sliced onions. You can certainly add these into the pot at the same time as the mushrooms for some extra flavor. 
  • Serve with mashed potatoes (recommended) or noodles


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 573kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 58g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 155mg | Sodium: 577mg | Potassium: 1382mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3766IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 6mg