Instant Pot Chinese Beef & Beans

Welcome to my latest Instant Pot recipe and today is one of my favourite Chinese recipes for beef and beans.

Welcome to my latest Instant Pot recipe and today is one of my favourite Chinese recipes for beef and beans. In this Chinese recipe we will be diving into a tasty treat of sweet and sticky goodness that is perfect for a mid week dinner treat.

We are crazy for what we call “pink sticker meat”. It is when we buy meat from the supermarket and if it has a sell by date of the next 36 hours it will be half price ready to sell and have big pink stickers on it.

I am really a frugal girl at heart and get really excited by them and how much money I can save and what is going to be on offer as it is very much pot luck as far as what will come up when we go shopping.

But we are never short of them and there is always some kind of meat on offer.

When we were out Christmas shopping at the end of last year I went a little mad thanks to all these premium chicken breasts on offer. I had so many of them that I had them all in my arms walking over to Dominic and the trolley and I couldn’t see where I was walking!!!

Dominic will come back from the supermarket and it will be neatly packaged and it will be bagged up into the chest freezer for a future date.

We have one bag in the freezer full of chicken and turkey, and then the other will have lots of red meat in it.

Red meat (in my opinion) can be rather pricy and I don’t like to pay full price for it unless I can help it. But with the pink stickers we always have a large supply of the red meat in the freezer.

The meats we tend to have the most is the butchers cuts. Those cheap cuts of meat that is considered to be tough if cooked in the traditional way, but if you cook it at pressure in your Instant Pot then you can end up with a delicious non-chewy meaty feast and this is what I have achieved with this recipe.

It is beef shins that I have used here today. They have been thinly cut into strips so that they are like beef stroganoff but at a much lower price. We looked at the label and the meat used to make this dish was just 2€ and this meal fed four of us.

Add to this how frugal beans are and you have a really delicious frugal meal. Plus with lots of Chinese flavourings and I am in food heaven!

However if I had bought it at the butchers as traditional beef stroganoff meat I would have paid at least 5€ for the same end result.

So if you are thinking about trying out a cheap cut of meat such as the shin or the tongue then I would really recommend pressure cooking it like this for the dream frugal family meal.

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Instant Pot Chinese Beef & Beans
Serves: 4
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  1. Place your beef shin onto a shopping board and trim off the fat and then chop into small beef stroganoff style pieces.
  2. Dice and deseed your peppers.
  3. Drain your beans.
  4. Peel and dice your onion.
  5. Place your onion into your Instant Pot along with your ginger, garlic and olive oil. Sauté for a couple of minutes on the sauté function. Add the tomato puree and then the beef and sauté for another 5 minutes.
  6. Add the rest of the ingredients, pour in 200ml of water and mix well.
  7. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set the valve to sealing.Press the bean & chilli button and Cook for 10 minutes and then serve.
I prefer red and green peppers in my Chinese food. But for a sweeter flavour I also love to use orange peppers instead of green.

Because soy sauce is rather watery you only need 200ml in water for this dish and for your Instant Pot to go to pressure.

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Instant Pot Recipes – The Outtakes

Dom: Beef shin again?

Sam: Yes it tastes amazing

Dom: But that is when I can cook it!!!

Sam: It tastes good and is soft and delicious if you cook with a pressure cooker.

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