Cravings. That’s something a girl can’t resist. So when it hit me, there was only one choice to make and it was potato pancakes and beef stew. Then I thought „man, should I do beef stew or sour cream?”. SO I made them with both. Because why not?

Have you ever tried those? They are delicious, they fill your stomach, they are perfect cravings food, and the beef stew was the ideal excuse to try my Instant Pot too. Wanna try? Let’s do it!


  • 1.5 pound of beef
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1/2 yellow pepper
  • spices (salt, pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, majoram, red paprika, rosemary)
  • 3 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 3 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 small carrots
  • 2 cups of beef broth
  • 5 big potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • flour
  • canola oil
  • water

Cut beef into cubes. Season them with salt, pepper and paprika. Heat the oil, when hot add beef and stir it until brown. If you have a bigger pot you can stir it all at once, if smaller try to do two batches. If you’re using Instant Pot like me, use Saute function to nicely brown the meat.

When all meat is browned, take it out, add half glass of water and gently scratch whatever got stuck at the bottom of the pot. Add half of the minced onion and let it stir for 2 minutes. Add garlic powder, more salt and pepper, Italian seasoning, majoram, red paprika and rosemary and stir it all together. Add the „wet” ingredients – tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, broth and throw chopped carrots into the mix. Stir it all together.

If you’re using Instant Pot, set it up for 40 minutes of pressure cooking, and then leave it for 15 minutes of natural pressure release. If you’re using regular pot, keep it on low heat and cook for around 2.5 – 3 hours or until meat is soft.

In the meantime peel the potatoes, and use the small holes grater to grate the potatoes. Mince the rest of the onion. I used half of yellow onion to the broth and half of red onion to pancakes, but you can use one of any. Move the potatoes to the colander to get rd of excessive water, leave them for around 10-15 minutes.

In a bowl mix grated potatoes, minced onion, one egg and 3 tbsp of flour.

Heat up the oil on the pan and make flat pancakes, around half an inch thick. Fry until nice and brown on both sides.

Go back to stew. Add minced peppers, and stir for around 20 more minutes. If using IP, set up to saute again and cook for around 10 extra minutes. If you like the stew to be more dense, mix a tablespoon of flour and a little bit of water to smooth mix, add to brew and stir together so there are no lumps.

Now, there are two ways of eating potato pancakes. You either eat them with beef stew on top, or sour cream on top. Or, even better, beef stew AND sour cream.

How are you having yours?