Beef Stew with Red Wine is a delicious and savory beef stew that is made with an entire 750 ml bottle of red wine, stew meat, and hearty vegetables. This makes an amazing dinner when served with warm crusty bread.This can be made on the stove top or in your Instant Pot/Electric Pressure Cooker!
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Dutch Oven, Cast Iron Pot, or Heavy Duty Pot with a Lid
Instant Pot or Electric Pressure Cooker
2lbsbeef stew meat cut into 1 inch cubes
¾cupall purpose flour
3tbspolive oil - divided
1yellow or white onion chopped
4garlic cloves chopped
750mlbottle red wine - divided Use a bold red wine that you also like to drink: cabernet, merlot, malbec, or zinfandel.
1tbspbeef base I like Better Than Bouillon brand
1tbsp+ 1 tsp sugar
2cups beef broth
2 ½cups carrots cut into 1 inch chunks
1 ½cups celerycut into 1 inch chunks
3cups russet potatoes, peeled cut into 1 inch chunks
3tbspcornstarch can also use arrowroot
Mix together ¾ cup flour with 1 tsp salt and ½ tsp pepper. Toss the 2 # beef chunks in the flour until it is completely coated. Set aside.
In a dutch oven, cast iron pot, or sturdy pot with a tight fitting lid, warm 2 tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Brown all the beef, working in batches to not over crowd the pot. Set the browned pieces on a plate to the side.
In the now empty pot, saute the 1 chopped yellow onion and 4 chopped garlic cloves for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly so they don't burn.
Deglaze the pot with 3 cups of red wine (don't use the whole bottle yet, you will need the remaining red wine to thicken the stew at the end), scraping up all the browned bits at the bottom of the pot. Stir in the 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce, 1 tbsp beef base, 1 tbsp + 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp salt, ½ tsp black pepper, 1 bay leaf, and the browned beef with juices. Let that simmer together for 5 minutes.
Add the 2 cups beef broth, 2 ½ cups carrots, 1 ½ cups celery, 3 cups potatoes.
Bring the pot to a boil, then lower the heat to low and pop the lid on. Cook for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
Thicken the Stew
At the end of 2 hours the broth will still be pretty thin. Mix together a cornstarch slurry by stirring the remaining red wine and 3 tbsp of cornstarch together. (note if you didn't save the wine, just use ¼ cup water)Stir it into the stew and bring it to a simmer over medium heat until it is thickened, about 4-5 minutes.
Let the stew cool and then serve! It goes great with warm crusty bread.
INSTANT POT INSTRUCTIONS
Start with your pot on normal saute mode, add 2 tbsp of olive oil. Brown the floured beef in batches, setting the browned pieces on a plate. Set aside.
Add 1 tbsp olive oil and stir in the chopped onion and 4 chopped garlic cloves. Saute for 1-2 minutes, stirring so they don't burn.
DEGLAZE THE POT COMPLETELY!!! Pour 3 cups of red wine into the pot and scrape up ALL the browned bits from the bottom.Do not skip this step. It will prevent you from getting a burn warning when you cook the stew.
Stir in the 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce, 1 tbsp beef base, 1 tbsp + 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp salt, ½ tsp black pepper, 1 bay leaf, and the browned beef with juices. Let that simmer together for 5 minutes.
Turn the saute mode off. Add the 2 cups beef broth, 2 ½ cups carrots, 1 ½ cups celery, and 3 cups potatoes.
Pop the lid on the pot and lock the pressure valve to seal. Set to cook for 25 minutes on meat/stew mode (high pressure).
Do a 5 minute natural release, then quick release the remaining pressure.
Turn the pot on to normal saute mode.Mix a slurry with the remaining wine (about ¼ cup) and 3 tbsp cornstarch. Pour into the stew and allow it to simmer and thicken for about 4-5 minutes.
Turn off saute mode, cool the stew for about 10 minutes, and serve!
Red Wine: for this beef stew recipe you will want to choose a red wine that you like to drink. This is not the time to buy the $3 bottle of wine. The flavor will concentrate in the stew as it cooks down. Buy a hearty red wine like a cabernet, zinfandel, shiraz, or malbec.Storing and Reheating:Store any leftover Beef Stew with Red Wine in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Reheat the stew in the microwave or on the stove top. Microwave: reheat each portion for 1 minutes, give it a stir and then microwave for an additional 1 minute.Stove Top: Place the stew in a pot over medium heat and bring to a simmer to heat through, about 5 minutes. Serve!