Instant Pot Beef Pot Pie

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Instant Pot Beef Pot Pie is so easy with tender chunks of beef, crisp vegetables in a rich beef sauce. Top with flaky puff pastry and you have a decadent dinner in no time!

A red dish filled with Instant Pot Beef Pot Pie with chunks of beef, carrots, potatoes and peas

Instant Pot Beef Pot Pie

Growing up, pot pies were absolutely one of my favorite meals. I loved getting my own cute little dinner pie all to myself. It just made me feel special. Once I got older I realized how time-intensive homemade pot pies are and I started looking for shortcuts. Making pot pies with a puff pastry crust is a game changer. That right there makes it 20 times easier. Then making the filling in the Instant Pot adds an entirely new level of simplicity. You can do it all in one pot in less than an hour! And actually have tender beef! So if you are a pot pie lover but not a “spend-6-hours-on-dinner” lover, this recipe is for you.

Beef Pot Pie Filling with Potatoes, Carrots, and Peas

Suggestions and Tips for Instant Pot Beef Pot Pies

  • Traditional beef pot pie recipes usually consist of onion, celery, and carrots. I added peas and potatoes to this recipe and you could toss in green beans, corn, whatever you like!
  • This recipe is perfect for for individual pot pies but you can absolutely make it into one big pot pie. Put all the ingredients in a deep pie dish and place an entire puff pastry over the top. If you do this, you may want to increase your baking time by 5 minutes or so. The advantage of having one big pot pie is that will be easier to prepare. I like making individual pot pies because, in my opinion, it’s just more fun to have your own little pot pie!
  • Because beef pot pie has everything you need for a well-rounded meal there really is no need for a side. The pot pie itself has protein, vegetables, and a good amount of carbs. It’s a great all-in-one dish! If you feel you must include a side, you can never go wrong with a simple green salad.
  • You can thicken the pot pie sauce either by using cornstarch or mixing a roux with butter and flour. Just make sure to remove the broth from the pressure cooker and place in a glass measuring cup.That way you can create the roux in the Instant Pot and add the broth to thin.
  • Try our delicious Easy Turkey Pot Pie or this super easy and yummy Chicken Pot Pie Crumble recipes if you love a good pot pie!
Beef Pot Pie with Beef and Vegetable Filling and Golden Crust

How to Freeze Instant Pot Beef Pot Pies

There are actually several different ways you can freeze pot pies. You can prep now, freeze and assemble later. Prepare the filling completely then freeze in freezer-safe bags. When you’re ready, just thaw and assemble and bake as directed in the recipe card below. Or you can prepare the pot pies, bake, then freeze. When doing it this way, just be sure the pot pie is completely cooled before freezing. When ready to freeze, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and also place in a freezer-safe bag. When ready to re-heat just heat the oven to 375 degrees and bake for 30-35 minutes. I like this way because it is just easier to pull one out at a time for a quick meal for one. Both ways work great, so just go with what works best for you!

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A red dish filled with Instant Pot Beef Pot Pie with chunks of beef, carrots, potatoes and peas

Instant Pot Beef Pot Pie

5 from 7 votes
Instant Pot Beef Pot Pie is so easy with tender chunks of beef, crisp vegetables in a rich beef sauce. Top with flaky puff pastry and you have a decadent dinner in no time!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people

Equipment

  • 6-Quart Instant Pot Pressure Cooker (See Instant Pot Note Below)

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400-degrees and remove puff pastry sheets from freezer to thaw.
  • On Instant Pot, press “Saute” button and add butter.
  • When butter has melted, add onion, celery, garlic, and beef sirloin cubes. Saute until beef becomes browned.
  • Add beef broth, bay leaves, and thyme and place lid on Instant Pot and set tab to “sealing”.
  • Press “manual” and set time to “30” on high pressure. 
  • When time is up, do a quick release. Add potatoes, carrots, and peas and place lid back on Instant Pot. 
  • Press “manual” and set time to 3 minutes on high pressure. 
  • Do a quick release once more and remove meat and vegetables with a slotted spoon and place in a large bowl. Remove bay leaves and discard.
  • Press “saute” and add more beef broth (about 2 cups, depending on how much broth remains )in the Instant Pot) to make 4 c. beef broth total. 
  • Combine cornstarch and milk to make a slurry. Slowly add to the Instant Pot whisking constantly until you reach a gravy-like consistency.
  • Allow to simmer about 3-5 minutes, adding more milk or beef broth to thin if needed. Season with salt and pepper. 
  • Turn off Instant pot. Carefully pour gravy over the beef and vegetables and stir to combine. Set aside and allow to cool while preparing the next steps. 
  • Prepare 6 oven-proof baking dishes/ramekins (about 12 oz. size works great) by spraying each with cooking spray. Unfold pastry sheets and cut squares to fit over each baking dish.
  • Divide pot pie filling equally between each baking dish and place a pastry square over each one. 
  • Whisk together egg whites and water until foamy. Using a pastry brush, brush egg whites over each pastry square. 
  • Bake until pastry is puffy and golden brown (about 20-25 minutes). 

Notes

Instant Pot Note: We use a 6-quart Instant Pot brand pressure cooker that we bought in 2016. Different or newer versions may be more sensitive to the “BURN” notice. If you are concerned about the burn notice, please refer to the Instant Pot webpage about Overheat Protection, found HERE.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 841kcalCarbohydrates: 63gProtein: 46gFat: 45gSaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 105mgSodium: 1014mgPotassium: 1187mgFiber: 6gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 4080IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 119mgIron: 8.1mg

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Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    Wow! This was delicious! I made it just as written except browned the meat/onion mixture on the stove so it wouldn’t take as long. I also used Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts and made a traditional pie with the filling. (425 degrees for 30-35 minutes) I was a bit worried that it might be bland without anything but salt, pepper, and thyme, but it wasn’t at all. My husband has requested homemade beef pot pie for years, but I could never find a recipe that tasted like “store-bought” but BETTER. This is MUCH better! One happy husband tonight!

    1. Wow, what a nice comment! Thank you! I am so glad that this turned out so well for you and that it got “husband approval”. I know that’s not easy to do! Thanks again for the kind comment and the 5-stars!

    1. We haven’t made this in the Crock Pot before but if I were to guess, I would say 6-8 hours on low. Hope this helps!

  2. 5 stars
    Hearty & so delicious!! Love the idea of beef..it’s a nice change from chicken! My hubby would eat this in minutes!!

    1. 5 stars
      This was a winner! I found it a little lacking in flavor, and that’s after adding some red wine and Worcester sauce. I think next time I’ll do oregano in addition to thyme and more red wine. Despite my criticism, my guests absolutely loved it and everyone went back for seconds so it still gets 5 stars – I’m just hard to impress c:

  3. 5 stars
    We have been doing challenges to see how much we can make in our instant pot and this was a hit! Thank you for a great recipe!

    1. So glad you liked it! I would love to hear all the other fun recipes you made for your challenge!