Beef in Brown Gravy

  • 3 lbs stew meat or beef tips
  • 2 medium onions (sweet yellow recommended), roughly chopped
  • 2 lbs frozen peas
  • 3 (0.87 oz/24 g) packages McCormick Brown Gravy mix
  • 8 beef bullion cubes
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons coarse black pepper
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups water


  1. Turn Instant Pot to saute. Add oil, then onions, bullion, and pepper. Cook until onions are caramelized.
  2. Add beef, and lightly brown.
  3. Add water. Secure lid, then set to high pressure and cook for 45 minutes (after pressurized).
  4. Depressurize, remove lid, and switch to saute. Add gravy mix slowly while stirring to remove lumps.
  5. Add frozen frozen peas and cook 3 to 5 minutes.
  6. Serve over egg noodles. Freeze leftovers in gallon ziplock bags.

(This dish takes a while, but it is very low-maintenance and tastes delicious. Serves about 10, so great for a social gathering or you can freeze the leftovers for a quick mid-week meal.)

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