Instant Pot Hot Beef Sandwiches with Gravy

Do you remember Hot Beef Sandwiches with Gravy and Mashed Potatoes? I sure do! And now the beef is done in a FRACTION of the time. Delicious!

Instant Pot Hot Beef Sandwiches with Gravy – Comfort Food at It’s Finest

These Hot Beef Sandwiches with Gravy remind me of my childhood; both of my Grandmothers made this dish often, served on a bed of creamy mashed potatoes. Now, modernized by using the Instant Pot, this classic meal can be made in minutes instead of hours.

An upclose shot of a shredded roast beef between two slices of white bread, smothered in brown gravy.

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Growing up in Kansas, I would definitely call myself a “meat and potatoes” kind of girl, and these Hot Beef Sandwiches were on many a menu throughout my childhood. Piling hot, shredded roast beef and gravy onto a few simple slices of white bread and mashed potatoes was all it took to make us feel like kings.

Since my Dad and brother raised beef, it was always in abundance as I was growing up – we always had  an entire freezer full of meat. We often enjoyed meals like Country-Fried Steak Fingers with Cream Gravy, Open Face Italian Beef Sandwiches, Instant Pot Big Bold Beef Carnitas, and Barbacoa Shredded Beef with Corn Salsa.

Now that I’m grown and we raise our own beef for our family, it seems as though I’m always on the lookout for ground beef dinner ideas….Beef and Cheese Mexican Sanchiladas, Walking Taco Pull-Apart Bread, Easy Asian Beef Bowls, Cheesy Hash Brown Meatloaf Pie….and the like. All moms love good ground beef recipes for feeding hungry families, am I right?

How to Make Instant Pot Hot Beef Sandwiches With Gravy in 5 Easy Steps

  1. Season the beef and brown it off in a bit of oil using the saute setting on the Instant Pot. Add the remaining ingredients, then bring the Instant Pot to full pressure, cooking the beef until it’s nicely tender.
  2. When the timer on the Instant Pot sounds, use the a natural release to let the pressure remove itself from the pot. Once all the pressure has released itself, you can remove the Instant Pot Lid.
  3. Using tongs, lift the cooked roast beef from the juices in the pot to a cutting board or large platter; using two forks, shred the roast beef.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the mashed potatoes and the gravy.
  5. To serve, place the slices of bread onto serving plates, along side a nice helping of mashed potatoes; top with brown gravy and enjoy at once!

What Ingredients Do I Need to Make This Shredded Hot Beef Sandwich Recipe?

  • Sliced White Bread

You can actually make hot beef sandwiches with any kind of bread that you prefer. For some reason, we’ve always used plain white sandwich bread. (You know, the kind that’s not good for you….)

  • Chuck Roast

Any kind of roast will work for making hot beef or shredded beef . I grew up using beef chuck roasts and I love all the great marbling and flavor they offer. The meat just needs to be nice and tender so it shreds really well.

  • Creole Seasoning, Granulated Garlic, All-Purpose Flour

These are the seasonings you need for the roast in this recipe. The flour that’s included with the seasonings helps thicken the gravy after you cook the beef.

  • Beef Broth, Red Wine

These are the liquids you need for cooking the beef in the Instant Pot. If you were braising the roast in the oven to cook it, you’d need a lot more broth and wine, fyi. One of the great things about pressure cooking is that you only need enough liquid to cover the bottom of the pot when cooking meats.

  • Onion, Bay Leaf

These are aromatics that cook with the beef to add flavor.

  • Water, Cornstarch, Butter

These ingredients are used to thicken the liquid/juices into gravy; adding the butter makes the gravy velvety.

Plate of hot beef sandwiches with gravy and mashed potatoes.

What Tools Do I Need to Make Instant Pot Roast Beef Sandwiches?

6-Quart Instant Pot – I’m always in a hurry so I love using my Instant Pot for cooking big cuts of beef and pork.

7-Quart Slow Cooker – If you prefer, you can always cook big cuts of beef or pork in a slow cooker, as well.

Cast Iron Dutch Oven – This this is my favorite tool for when I need to braise the roast beef in the oven.

Long-handled Tongs – A handy dandy tool for turning the beef chunks as you brown them.

Flat Silicone Whisk – A must-have tool for making lump-free gravy or sauces. This is a game-changer!

Gravy Separator – This toll is a must have for removing the unwanted fats from the broth so you can make gravy that’s not greasy in texture.

Ladle – This makes pouring gravy over the potatoes and the beef really easy.

Potato Masher  or Electric Mixer – For mashing or mixing the cooked potatoes

Easy and Helpful Recipe Tips for Making Shredded Roast Beef Sandwiches

  • Why does this recipe instruct to cut the roast into chunks when cooking it in the Instant Pot?

Cutting the roast into chunks is two-fold: First, it helps the roast cook much faster as opposed to cooking it as a whole roast.  Secondly, once the roast is cut into chunks, this gives more surface area to brown and caramelize.

  • Why do I need to brown the meat before pressurizing it in the Instant Pot?

When we cook, brown is never a color, it’s a flavor. Browning the chunks of roast in the hot oil just takes a few minutes and it gives the meat it’s first layer of flavor.  It’s a step that’s totally worth it.

  • I really don’t need to peel the Yukon Gold potatoes before cooking them?

Correct! That’s why I adore Yukon Gold potatoes – no peeling required, and once they are cooked and mashed, nobody is ever the wiser! Plus, Yukon Gold potatoes are mild, buttery and creamy in texture – they make the best mashed potatoes in the land.

Close up of hot beef sandwich with gravy

What to Serve with Hot Beef Sandwiches –

CAJUN SWEET CORN MEDLEY – a traditional summer side dish that combines sweet corn and vegetables with BACON.

AIR FRYER ROASTED PARMESAN BROCCOLI – a staple side dish that’s easy and tasty for your hungry family, whipped up super fast in your air fryer.

SARAH JANE’S SPICY DEVILED EGGS – Take your traditional deviled eggs up a notch with a bit of spice.

CRUNCHY CORN SALAD – Creamy corn salad with corn chips for added crunch and texture.

Printable Directions for Savory Roast Beef Sandwiches with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

plate of hot beef sandwiches with mashed potatoes and gravy

Instant Pot Hot Beef Sandwiches with Gravy and Mashed Potatoes Supreme

These Hot Beef Sandwiches with Gravy remind me of my childhood – both of my Grandmothers made them often, served on a bed of creamy mashed potatoes. And now, modernized by using the Instant Pot, this classic meal can be made in minutes instead of hours.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Chef Alli

Ingredients

  • 1 batch Mashed Potatoes Supreme, recipe below
  • basic white sliced sandwich bread
  • 1-2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 3 – 4 lbs. beef chuck roast, cut into 6-8 large chunks
  • 1 tsp. Creole seasoning
  • 1 tsp. granulated garlic
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 Tbs. water
  • 1 Tbs. cornstarch
  • 1 Tbs. unsalted butter

Mashed Potatoes Supreme

  • 2 – 2 1/2 lbs. Yukon Gold potatoes, quartered, skins-on
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1-2 tsp. freshly grated horseradish (aka prepared horseradish, not cream-style!)

Instructions

Make the Roast Beef

  • In a large bowl, combine the Creole seasoning with the granulated garlic and the flour; dredge each hunk of the chuck roast on all sides in the prepared seasoning mixture.
  • Using the sauté setting on the Instant Pot, add the oil. When the oil is nicely hot, add the seasoned chunks of roast, browning them on all sides, a few at a time, working in batches so that you don’t over crowd the Instant Pot, placing them onto a platter as you work.
  • Return all the browned meat back to the Instant Pot; top with the sliced onions, then add the broth, wine, and bay leaf.
    Lock the Instant Pot lid securely into place. Choose the high pressure setting for 60 minutes, bringing the Instant Pot to full pressure.
    When the timer sounds, use a natural release to let the pressure come down by it's self which will likely take 20-25 minutes. (This allows the meat to finishing cooking a bit from residual heat and to let the protein fibers relax so the meat is very tender. Don't skip this!)
  • Once the pressure has released itself from the Instant Pot, carefully remove the lid, using a fork to test the meat to be sure it's nicely fork-tender. If not, lock the Instant Pot lid back into place, bringing it to full pressure once more for 5-10 additional minutes.
  • Remove the cooked and tender chunks of roast to a cutting board or large platter, gently shredding the meat; tent with foil to keep warm.

Make the Gravy

  • Using a gravy separator, separate the fat from the juices and drippings that remain in the Instant Pot; discard. Using the saute feature again, bring the remaining liquids in the pot to a high simmer.
    In a separate small bowl, whisk together the water and cornstarch; stir this into the liquids in the Instant Pot, still using the saute setting.
    Whisking constantly, let the contents cook for 1-2 minutes or until you have a nice, thickened and smooth gravy. Stir in the butter, then return the warm shredded beef to the pot.

Make the Mashed Potatoes Supreme

  • Place the potatoes and chicken broth into the Instant Pot.  Using the saute setting, bring the chicken broth to a boil.  Lock the Instant Pot lid into place; choose the high pressure setting for 5 minutes, bringing Instant Pot to full pressure.  
  • When the timer sounds, perform a quick release to remove all pressure from the Instant Pot.  Carefully unlock the lid and check the potatoes with a fork to be sure they are nicely fork-tender (If not, lock the IP lid into place and give the potatoes another minute under high pressure).
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the sour cream with the beaten eggs. 
    the potatoes well in a colander, then return them to the Instant Pot.  Using a potato masher or electric mixer, mash the potatoes, then add the sour cream mixture and horseradish, blending the potato mixture until smooth and fluffy.  Season the potatoes to taste with salt and pepper.  

Serve the Hot Beef Sandwiches

  • To serve, place the slices of white bread onto serving plates, then add a scoop (or two!) of warm mashed potatoes to the center of the plate; spoon the gravy and roast beef over the top. Enjoy at once!

Notes

**Please note:  the cooking time stated for this recipe does not include the time required to bring the Instant Pot up to pressure since this can vary. This recipe was made using a 6-quart Instant Pot. 

Tips for Hot Beef Sandwiches

  • Why does this recipe instruct to cut the roast into chunks when cooking it in the Instant Pot?

Cutting the roast into chunks is two-fold: First, it helps the roast cook much faster as opposed to cooking it as a whole roast.  Secondly, once the roast is cut into chunks, this gives more surface area to brown and caramelize.
  • Why do I need to brown the meat before pressurizing it in the Instant Pot?

When we cook, brown is never a color, it’s a flavor. Browning the chunks of roast in the hot oil just takes a few minutes and it gives the meat it’s first layer of flavor.  It’s a step that’s totally worth it.
  • I really don’t need to peel the Yukon Gold potatoes before cooking them?

Correct! That’s why I adore Yukon Gold potatoes – no peeling required, and once they are cooked and mashed, nobody is ever the wiser! Plus, Yukon Gold potatoes are mild, buttery and creamy in texture – they make the best mashed potatoes in the land.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef, dinner, instant pot, sandwich

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Blog Comments

In today’s ( November 8) segment on WIBW you were just about to share your grandma’s secret when using packaged gravy mix when they went to a commercial. What is that secret? Thanks for your answer to my question. I was so frustrated😊

Hi Susan – Yes, there were alot of you who were frustrated with what happened during that segment on WIBW – they had some kind of big glitch that morning and I so apologize. As for Grandma Lucille’s secret, when it came to any mix in a package that called for the addition of water, she always used MILK. This gives a much more creamy and rich flavor and texture and I’ve always done that, especially when it comes to gravy, sauce, and hot cocoa mixes!! Something super simple, but it makes a BIG difference in the outcome. Let me know if you try it. Again, sorry for the glitch on WIBW!
Chef Alli

Thanks for your instant pot recipes. I have a question concerning Mashed Potatoes Supreme. The eggs are not cooked after they are added to the potato mixture??

HI Sharon – the eggs cook at the point that you add them to the hot potatoes. Great question! I’m sure others are wondering the same thing so I better make a notation in that recipe to cover that topic. Food safety is so important!
Sincerely,
Chef Alli

5 stars
My family LOVES this recipe!

Thank you, Jennifer, so glad your family enjoys it!! You just made my day. Chef Alli

5 stars
This is the perfect easy meal! I made it and our whole family loved it!

Hi Jodi – we all need more easy meals, don’t we?? So glad your family enjoyed this recipe. Keep cookin’!! Chef Alli

5 stars
These were very good and my family loved them!

Hi Kristi =
Thanks so much for letting me know that your family liked the Hot Beef Sandwiches – this makes my heart sing!
Chef Alli

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