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Carne de Panela (Stew Beef)

Instant Pot Carne de Panela transforms beef, potatoes, and simple spices into a flavorful beef stew! This Brazilian recipe is easy to make in a pressure cooker, slow cooker, or on the stove. When it’s done, it becomes a deliciously healthy and hearty weeknight meal!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Dinner, Meat, Stew
Cuisine: American, Brazilian
Keyword: Beef Stew, Carne de Panela
Servings: 8 people
Author: Silvia Dunnirvine



  • 3 1/2 lb chuck meat
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 lb potatoes quartered
  • 4 cups water or broth


  • Cut chuck meat into cubes and season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside
  • Turn instant pot on sauté mode, when hot add in oil *make sure it is hot before adding the meat*
  • Add beef and sauté for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Half way through add the onions, garlic, tomato paste and season with paprika and oregano. Stir and continue to sauté for the full 25 minutes. The meat will release some liquid which will help create a flavorful broth for the stew.
  • Add the water and stir well.
  • Cover the pot and turn off sauté mode. Cook on high pressure for 30 minutes followed my QPR (quick pressure release)
  • Open the pot and add the potatoes. Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes followed by NPR (natural pressure release)


Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 804mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 148IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg