Honey Balsamic Beef with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes (Instant Pot)

Honey Balsamic Beef with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes (Instant Pot). Tender, shredded beef cooked in the Instant Pot, covered in a delicious honey balsamic sauce, and served over creamy buttermilk mashed potatoes. 

Honey Balsamic Beef with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes (Instant Pot). Tender, shredded beef cooked in the Instant Pot, covered in a delicious honey balsamic sauce, and served over creamy buttermilk mashed potatoes. 

First Time was Not a Charm

Time for honesty. The first time I attempted to make this recipe, it was a disaster. My parents were in town visiting and I wanted to make a good meal for the last night of their visit. I assumed that my meal idea was going to be good. And I assumed I was a general pro with the Instant Pot. Both assumptions were wrong.

The day before I attempted this recipe the first time, I took the sealing ring out of my Instant Pot lid to clean it. The day I went to make the recipe, I forgot to put the ring back. I thought it was a little strange that the pot would never reach the correct pressure, that it was steaming like crazy, and kept saying ‘burn’. But, I just kept adding broth and thinking, “this is kinda weird.” I went through about 10 cups of beef broth before I finally realized what was happening. It was not my best moment in the kitchen.

Honey Balsamic Beef with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes (Instant Pot). Tender, shredded beef cooked in the Instant Pot, covered in a delicious honey balsamic sauce, and served over creamy buttermilk mashed potatoes. 

The Dinner

The beef spent so much time in the Instant Pot that it somehow cooked, so my parents and husband were encouraging that we should still eat it. However, since it hadn’t actually been pressure cooked, it was quite chewy. And, my sauce recipe hadn’t been tweaked so I didn’t think that was all that great either. Let’s just call the first attempt at this beef an all around fail.

My family tried to be supportive and said things like, “Well these mashed potatoes are great!” Because let’s be honest, no one was excited to eat the rubbery beef. My three year old son has no problem telling it like it is. He took a bite, started crying and said, “It’s too CHEWY!!!!” He wasn’t wrong. We were all trying to suppress laughs.

Honey Balsamic Beef with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes (Instant Pot). Tender, shredded beef cooked in the Instant Pot, covered in a delicious honey balsamic sauce, and served over creamy buttermilk mashed potatoes. 

Honey Balsamic Beef with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

I was not willing to let the recipe get the best of me, so I decided it must be conquered. Plus the buttermilk mashed potatoes were just so tasty, creamy, and amazing (even the first time) that they needed beef that matched their deliciousness. It took a few tries, and obviously using a ring in the Instant Pot lid, but it finally happened. This beef is fall apart tender in a sweet and savory sauce, and it’s easy to make.

This honey balsamic beef with buttermilk mashed potatoes is a perfect meal for a weekday or weekend dinner!

Honey Balsamic Beef with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes (Instant Pot). Tender, shredded beef cooked in the Instant Pot, covered in a delicious honey balsamic sauce, and served over creamy buttermilk mashed potatoes. 

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Honey Balsamic Beef with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes (Instant Pot). Tender, shredded beef cooked in the Instant Pot, covered in a delicious honey balsamic sauce, and served over creamy buttermilk mashed potatoes. 
Instant Pot Honey Balsamic Beef with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 15 mins
Reach Pressure Time
15 mins
Total Time
1 hr 45 mins
 

Honey Balsamic Beef with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes (Instant Pot). Tender, shredded beef cooked in the Instant Pot, covered in a delicious honey balsamic sauce, and served over creamy buttermilk mashed potatoes. 

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Honey Balsamic Beef with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 550 kcal
Ingredients
Honey Balsamic Beef
  • ~3 pound chuck roast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 cups beef broth
Sauce
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
Potatoes
  • 2 pounds russet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Instructions
Beef
  1. Evenly coat beef with salt and pepper.
  2. Turn Instant Pot to saute mode and heat 1 tbsp olive oil. Sear beef for 1 minute on each side.
  3. Remove beef from pot and add 1 tbsp olive oil. Add onion and saute for 4 minutes. Then, add garlic and saute for another minute.
  4. Add beef broth. Cook on high pressure for 60 minutes. Let natural release for 15 minutes.
Sauce
  1. In a small sauce pan over medium heat, whisk together all of the sauce ingredients except for the corn starch. Very slowly sprinkle corn starch over mixture while constantly whisking. Bring to a simmer, then reduce to low and let simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat.

Honey Balsamic Beef
  1. When beef is finished cooking, drain liquid from the beef, garlic and onions. Use two forks to shred beef. Mix sauce together with beef.
Potatoes
  1. Wash and scrub potatoes. Cut off any eyes or other rough spots. You do not need to peel the potatoes. Cut potatoes into about 1 inch sized chunks.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add potatoes and boil until easily pierced with a fork, about 20 minutes.
  3. Drain potatoes. Add butter, buttermilk, garlic cloves, and salt. Use a potato masher to mash until smooth, or desired consistency. Serve with honey balsamic beef on top.

Recipe Notes

For timing, I sear the beef and get it started in the Instant Pot. While the beef is cooking, I first make the sauce and set it aside (if it cools a bit, no problem, the beef warms it up). Finally, about 20 minutes before the Instant Pot is done with the pressure mode, I start the potatoes. 

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Honey Balsamic Beef with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 550 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 128mg 43%
Sodium 1298mg 54%
Potassium 1244mg 36%
Total Carbohydrates 39g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 15g
Protein 38g 76%
Vitamin A 3.8%
Vitamin C 12.1%
Calcium 10.3%
Iron 29.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Honey Balsamic Beef with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes (Instant Pot). Tender, shredded beef cooked in the Instant Pot, covered in a delicious honey balsamic sauce, and served over creamy buttermilk mashed potatoes. 

If you enjoyed this Honey Balsamic Beef with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, you’ll probably enjoy these other SugarSpicesLife recipes:

Barbacoa Beef (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker)
Skillet Shepherd’s Pie
Instant Pot Chicken Mole
Instant Pot Pot Roast


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