Instant Pot Cholent

Beef chunks with chopped carrots, whole potato and white beans in red sauce

This Instant Pot Cholent is a traditional Jewish recipe, another version for the Hungarian goulash.

Beef chunks with chopped carrots, whole potato and white beans in red sauce

Really tasty, tenders and juicy is now very easy to make with the help of the Instant Pot.

Learn how to make Instant Pot Cholent!

Why This Recipe Works

Cholent is also known as Hamin, A Jewish traditional stew. According to tradition Cholent cooked overnight for more than 12 hours or more.

Cholent is traditionally eaten for the lunch on 'Sabbath', as it is prohibited in Jewish laws to cook on Sabbath.

There are many variations of Cholent and all are very delicious and tasty. Here we are making normal routine Cholent for you with our Instant Pot.

Instant Pot allows you to have your favorite meal in just a couple of minutes!

Recipe Video

Recipe Ingredients

  • Beef -Chuck roast, Freeze before chopping.
  • Beans -Washed before putting them into the pot.
  • Potatoes -Do not chop, Peeled.
  • Carrots -Cut them into big pieces.
  • Onions -Use whole yellow onion.
  • Pearl Barley -You can also use brown rice but I would suggest Pearl Barley as it is more nutritious. 
  • Olive Oil -For frying the veggies
  • Garlic Cloves -You can also use Chives as a substitute.
  • Salt -As per your taste
  • Black Pepper -As per your taste
  • Tomato Paste -You can use canned or make one of your own.

How to make

Gather the necessary ingredients.


Put the pot on Saute for 5 mins.

Add olive oil to the pot and add chopped onion and garlic cloves into the pot.

stir until heated and add chopped beef pieces.

Add all the remaining ingredients.

Cover the lid and pressure cook at high for 35 minutes.

Remove the lid and Dish out to serve this delicious meal.

How to Serve 

You can serve it white boiled rice or a piece of  bread but,

The best way to serve Instant Pot Cholent is to have it as it is!


What else can I add to my recipe?

You can add Eggs if you're making it your traditional dish otherwise eggs are optional.

Can I store it and reheat it?

Yes! you can easily store Instant Pot Cholent in an air-tight container and put it in the refrigerator

You can refrigerate it for 2-3 days to enjoy the same taste again, Taste won't be bad but acceptable once refrigerated for more than 4 or 5 days.

For reheating put the Instant Pot Cholent in a microwave until heated and serve yourself the same great taste again.

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Beef chunks with chopped carrots, whole potato and white beans in red sauce

Instant Pot Cholent

A savory slow-cooked stew for Shabbat with meat, potatoes and beans.
4.77 from 34 votes
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Course: dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: jewish
Keyword: Beef & Veggie Stew, beef chuck roast, Cholent
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Author: Corrie


  • 5 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 carrot cut into large pieces
  • 2 potatoes peeled
  • 3 lb chuck roast chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup pearl barley washed well
  • 1 cup beans
  • ½ tablespoon salt and pepper
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef broth


  • Put the pot on Saute for 5 mins and add olive oil to the pot.
  • Add chopped onion and garlic cloves into the pot and stir until heated.
  • Add chopped beef pieces and remaining ingredients.
  • Cover the lid and pressure cook at high for 35 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and Dish out to serve this delicious meal.


Calories: 1015kcal Carbohydrates: 84g Protein: 76g Fat: 44g Saturated Fat: 18g Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g Monounsaturated Fat: 23g Trans Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 235mg Sodium: 2365mg Potassium: 2589mg Fiber: 10g Sugar: 39g Vitamin A: 3605IU Vitamin C: 43mg Calcium: 157mg Iron: 11mg



  • Freeze the beef before cutting, Frozen meat allows you to cut easily.
  • Do not chop the potatoes otherwise, they are gonna melt in your cholent.
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19 thoughts on “Instant Pot Cholent

  1. 4 stars
    I made this. It was good, but the beans were, if compared to pasta, al dente.
    Next time, I'll add an extra 1/2 cup of broth, and pressure cook on high for 45 minutes instead of 35.

    1. I would use approx 1-2 tablespoons of chopped chives per clove of garlic, so, 5-10 chives for this recipe. I would also recommend mixing them in at the end of the recipe rather than adding at the beginning.

  2. Hi Corrie, this looks delicious! Do you need to soak the beans in water in order for them to cook well? If so - for how long?

  3. thank you Corrie. I just got as a gift an XL pressure cooker. Will this recipe work in the XL pressure Cooker?

  4. I know that this dish usually includes eggs, and there are eggs pictured, but I don't see eggs listed in the recipe. Do you just nestle them in the top of the stew like you would in a regular slow cooker?

  5. Why cook for 120 minutes when most stews can cook in 25 or 30? Also, can I add chicken breasts, and if so, won't 120 minutes make them turn to mush? Can I use frozen chicken? Thanks!

  6. Saute the beef in the Instant Pot first, save all the delicious brown bits and don't have to wash another pan?

      1. I want to thank you for making a Hungarian Ashkenazi Jews Girls day. I was served both these meals regularly as a child. Cooked in cast iron pots over open fire pits. Ur the 1st person i know that has done justice to these recipes. Again thank u

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