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Cuban Instant Pot Beef Stew (Carne con Papas) with fresh cilantro

Cuban Instant Pot Beef Stew (Carne Con Papas)

Carne con papas or Cuban Beef Stew is a soul-warming dish with rich spices (thought it's not spicy-hot), chunks of tender meat and potatoes in a savory broth.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Cuban
Keyword cuban beef stew, instant pot beef stew
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 cups stew
Calories 301 kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 pounds Beef Stew Meat (my butcher uses Top Sirloin)
  • 4 medium Garlic Cloves , peeled and diced
  • 1 medium White Spanish Onion , peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium Green Bell Pepper , cored and chopped
  • 2 medium Potatoes (approximately 1 pound), peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1 cup Low Sodium Beef Broth
  • ½ cup Dry Sherry or Madeira (note: if you prefer not to use any liquor, substitute ½ cup more beef broth)
  • 1 8-ounce can can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 14.5-ounce can can Diced Tomatoes , undrained
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Distilled White Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano
  • ½ teaspoon ground Cumin
  • 6 qt Instant Pot


  1. Plugin the power cord of the Instant Pot and when the LED display reads ‘OFF’ (in standby mode), press the SAUTE button (with the lid off). 
  2. Add the olive oil and the stew meat. Brown the stew meat, allowing it to sit between stirring to develop a sear on each side (note: it can be done in two batches.). Remove and place the meat on a plate or mixing bowl.

  3. Add the garlic, onion and green pepper to the Instant Pot and sauté for 3 minutes.

  4. Add the beef (with any accumulated juices) and all the remaining ingredients to the Instant Pot. Seal and select MEAT/STEW (which is preset for High Pressure for 35 minutes). 

  5. When cooking is complete, wait 10 minutes then do a Quick Release. Serve over rice.

Nutrition Facts
Cuban Instant Pot Beef Stew (Carne Con Papas)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 301 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 88mg29%
Sodium 105mg4%
Potassium 624mg18%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 700IU14%
Vitamin C 19.6mg24%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.