This traditional Southern stew is the perfect combination of delicious tomato broth, hearty vegetables and rich luscious meat. While it’s not as thick as many stews, it’s one recipe that’s sure to fill even the hungriest bellies.
Special equipment: a 6- or 8-quart Instant Pot® multi-cooker. Cook’s Note: Settings may vary on your Instant Pot® depending on the model.
Set a 6-quart Instant Pot® to high saute (see Cook’s Note) and allow it to heat up for 3 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle the beef with 1 teaspoon salt and a generous amount of pepper. Add 2 tablespoons of the oil to the pot and sear the beef on all sides until golden brown, 7 to 8 minutes. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate with a slotted spoon.
Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pot with the carrots, celery and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes, sugar, tomato paste, Worcestershire, hot sauce, 2 teaspoons salt and a few grinds of pepper and stir until combined. Add the beef, ham hock, corn, lima beans, peas, potatoes and 2 cups water and stir to combine.
Follow the manufacturer’s guide for locking the lid and preparing to cook. Set to pressure cook on high for 30 minutes.
After the pressure-cook cycle is complete, follow the manufacturer’s guide for quick release and wait until the quick-release cycle is complete. Being careful of any remaining steam, unlock and remove the lid.
Remove the ham hock, cut off any meat and return it to the stew; discard the bone. Season the stew with salt and pepper and serve with bread, cornbread, biscuits or saltine crackers.