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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
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 cups stew
Calories 301kcal
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


  • 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). 
  • 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.
  • Add the garlic, onion and green pepper to the Instant Pot and sauté for 3 minutes.
  • 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). 
  • When cooking is complete, wait 10 minutes then do a Quick Release. Serve over rice.


Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 624mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 700IU | Vitamin C: 19.6mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 5mg