This beef and pumpkin stew is like Fall in a bowl. It’s guaranteed to make you feel warm and cozy inside and uses one of our favorite kitchen small appliances – the handy dandy Instant Pot.
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
- 1 pound beef chuck stew meat, cubed into about 1-inch pieces
- 2 tablespoons Orange & Field Signature Seasoning (or salt and black pepper, to taste)
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 1/2 cups beef broth
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 large russet potatoes, unpeeled, cubed into 1-inch pieces
- 1 acorn squash, peeled, cubed into 1-inch pieces
- 2 cups pie pumpkin, peeled, cubed into 1-inch pieces
- 2 bay leaves
Turn your Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker on to sauté.
In a large storage bag, toss stew meat with Orange & Field Signature Seasoning and flour until well coated.
Melt butter in Instant Pot. Add stew meat and brown on all sides, working in batches, if necessary. Once all meat is browned, transfer to a plate.
Sauté onions in Instant Pot until translucent, about 2-3 minutes. If necessary, deglaze Instant Pot with a small amount of beef broth. Add garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Pour beef broth into Instant Pot and scrape any browned bits from the bottom of pot using a wooden or heat-resistant spoon.
Stir in tomato paste. Add potatoes, acorn squash and pumpkin, stirring slightly. Return meat to Instant Pot. A small amount of water can be added, if necessary. Add bay leaves.
Place lid on Instant Pot and lock into place, making sure the valve is set to seal. Turn off sauté function and set to cook on high pressure for 30 minutes.
When cook time is up, carefully open the pressure release valve (quick release). Remove lid and carefully remove bay leaves.
ORANGE & FIELD TIP: If you like your stew thicker, dissolve 1 tablespoon cornstarch in one tablespoon water then add it to your Instant Pot after the stew has finished cooking. Stir in it well and repeat until stew is desired thickness.