Stew isn’t always a beefy affair. Veggie lovers, here you go! These recipes are perfectly hearty even without any meat and dairy, and they’re absolutely loaded with nutrition. Plus, despite the common notion that stew is an all-day cooking event, these recipes will come together in no time with the Instant Pot – probably the most convincing reason to get one.
From beans and lentils to rice and potatoes, we’ve got a comfort food classic on the list for every tastebud today. Whether you’re vegan or just want to add some more meat-free meals to your repertoire, these dishes deserve a bookmark.
1. Instant pot veggie stew from Brand New Vegan
This stew features a ton of veggies, with a few types of mushrooms, green beans, potatoes, carrots, celery and more. Plus, you can add to it if you’d like! Italian seasoning and herbs give this warming bowl its flavour, plus the pan gets deglazed with some red wine for some seriously good-tasting results.
2. Turkish Split Pea Stew from Instant Pot Eats
This gorgeous split pea stew is adapted from a classic Turkish lentil soup, also known as Mercimek Çorbası. It’s simple, rich and nutritious stew is full of warm, aromatic spices and flavours that will get you asking for seconds. Made with yellow split peas, this vegan and gluten-free friendly stew is ridiculously easy and quick when made in a pressure cooker.
3. Mung bean stew from Knead to Cook
This mung bean stew is vegan and gluten-free and packed with plant-based protein. A simple mixture of the dry beans and basmati rice give this stew its texture, while garam masala in crushed tomatoes with plenty of other spices lend their depth of flavour.
4. Potato & vegetable chowder from In Johnna’s Kitchen
Chowder is something like a stew, so this vegan recipe hits our list today. While it looks like it’s topped with a generous sprinkle of cheese and bacon, this recipe actually uses coconut bacon and Daiya dairy-free cheese, so it’s good for those avoiding both meat and dairy who still want to indulge in the stuff.
5. Green chile stew from Brand New Vegan
This southwestern-inspired stew is unique and has a kick to it. The recipe features New Mexico green chiles, fresh lime, fire-roasted tomatoes and chili powder giving it a gorgeous blend of spicy zest. You can toss your choice of “meat” in here, whether it’s mushrooms or seitan.
6. Barbecue lentil stew from Light Orange Bean
BBQ and stew sounds too good to be true. Fortunately, with the Instant Pot, it’s possible. This dish features a stunning vegan barbecue sauce that is naturally sweet with no refined sugar – score! The leftovers taste even better once they’ve had time to soak up all the flavour.
7. Ethiopian split pea stew from Vegan Richa
This recipe is reminiscent of split pea dal with an Ethiopian twist. It’s so easy to create interesting and nourishing cuisine at home with the IP, so if you’ve never tried your hand at African cuisine, now is the time. This vegan stew is a great start, featuring both yellow and green peas.
8. Dal makhani from My Heart Beets
Dal makhani is an authentic Indian-style lentil dish that bursts with warming spices, with plenty of fresh ginger and garlic. Just replace ghee with coconut or olive oil to keep this vegan. Serve with some naan and dairy-free yoghurt for a full meal (and make enough for leftovers).
9. Vegan chickpea & sweet potato tagine from Mama in the Kitchen
Tagine is a beautifully fragrant stew that you can serve atop couscous, rice or cauliflower rice – depending on your preference. This ‘pretend you’ve been cooking all day’ recipe has a lot of ingredients, but they all serve their purpose here. Garnish with oranges, olives and parsley to make it a total knockout.
10. Curried spring vegetable potato chaat from Healthy Slow Cooking
This veggie curry stew is thick and flavourful and is served inside a baked potato. Drizzle with Cucumber Cilantro Raita and top with fresh herbs for a stellar vegan dinner.
11. White bean stew with winter squash & kale from Fat Free Vegan
White beans pair with winter produce at its finest in this stew featuring creamy, hearty squash and sturdy kale leaves, packing in the vitamins and minerals. If you’re looking for a winter warmer, look no further.
12. Instant Pot Lentil Soup from Instant Pot Eats
This gorgeous Instant Pot lentil soup is a delicious and healthy meal full of plant-based protein, fiber, and nutrients. It’s tasty, simple to make and is vegan-friendly and gluten-free.
Want more Instant Pot friendly vegan recipes?
Which vegan stews are you excited to try in your Instant Pot? Comment below with your favourites from our list today. Enjoy, and happy pressure cooking! Share this collection on Pinterest from here.