Freezer Meal Beef Stew

A pot of stew on a blue tablecloth.

Is there really anything better than pulling a ready-to-go Freezer Meal Beef Stew out of the freezer on a cold winter night and having dinner ready in just over an hour? I THINK NOT.

Oh, wait, yes there is – it’s that same situation + a piece of crusty bread for dunking into the stew, and a good TV show to catch up on, and a pair of really comfy sweatpants. There it is. That’s the dream right there.

I am not a huge beef eater, but I really, really, really love this recipe. It couldn’t be easier and it freezes perfectly, not to mention cooks up in a flash if you’re using the Instant Pot.

It’s saucy, savory, and texturally somewhere between a soup and a thick gravy, like a good stew should be.

How To Make Freezer Meal Beef Stew

Okay, first, I recommend using fresh veggies for this recipe. You want your veggies to have that nice diagonal cut to them, so slice them up and toss them into a freezer container with your beef, salt, sugar, and tomato juice.

Beef stew ingredients in a plastic bag.

When you’re ready to make this beauty, just take it out of the freezer and transfer it to your Instant Pot. After it’s done cooking (which happens remarkably fast), add a little cornstarch slurry to get it thickened up a bit.

A pot with a beef stew with vegetables in it.

And there it is. The easy, ridiculously delicious, Freezer Meal Beef Stew of your dreams!

Beef stew with onion in a bowl and a spoon.

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Beef stew with onion in a bowl and a spoon.

Freezer Meal Beef Stew

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings


Freezer Meal Beef Stew! Served with crusty bread and a green salad? YES. just 6 ingredients, 45 minutes, and done.



  • 2 lbs. beef chuckfat trimmed, cut in small-ish pieces
  • 1 medium onionsliced thinly
  • 6 stalks celerysliced diagonally
  • 6 carrotssliced diagonally
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 cans tomato juice (about 1 cup)


  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch in 2 tablespoons water


INSTANT POT: From frozen, 30 minutes on high pressure + 10 minutes natural release. 

SLOW COOKER: From thawed, 5-6 hours on high. 

FINAL STEP: After cooking in Instant Pot, turn on saute function. Add cornstarch slurry. Cook for a few minutes until slightly thickened. (If using a slow cooker, add cornstarch when it’s done and let thicken for 30 minutes.)


You can freeze the tomato juice with the rest of the ingredients or add it right before cooking. Both ways work great! 

This recipe takes up quite a bit of space, so it works best when divided between two 7-cup glass containers, or stored in a plastic bag.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Pressure Cook
  • Cuisine: American

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