Pressure Cooker Hot Beef Sundaes

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If you want to make a “midwest” meal for someone, there are several options.  Meatloaf and mashed potatoes, any casserole, taco pizza ( really Dorito pizza), any jello fluff recipe, or any recipe at all involving ranch dressing would be great ways to welcome a newcomer to the area.  If you have a friend visiting Iowa for the first time, you should take them to the Iowa State Fair. 

The food options at the Iowa State Fair are endless.  Fried desserts, lots of food on sticks, endless variations of corndogs!   But I think the most signature dish at the Iowa State Fair is the Hot Beef Sundae that you can get at the Iowa Cattlemen’s quarters. The hot beef sundae made its debut at the Iowa State Fair in 2006!

I was brainstorming the other day for easy, make-ahead meals that I can make for my family that they will eat.   As my frequent readers know, I have been eating mostly Whole 30 this summer, so I was looking for easy recipes that my whole family would love and that I could amend for my whole 30 needs.   Since Potatoes are Whole 30 Compliant, I thought this would be an easy, super fast meal, especially if I cooked everything together in my Instant Pot. 

Not only was this easy, it only uses a few ingredients.   I served these Hot Beef Sundaes with a side of fresh green beans, but you can also get creative with these hot beef sundaes. You can add any vegetable you might like to these.  Your kids will love this meal, and I mean, how much fun is a dinner that looks like an ice cream sundae?

Here is how this Hot beef Sundae Stacks up:

The ” ice cream” is mashed potatoes.

The ” hot fudge” is shredded beef and gravy.

The ” sprinkles” are shredded cheese.

The ” whipped cream” is sour cream.

The “Cherry” is a cherry tomato.

This meal is super easy!  Everything cooks in one pot, and you will have hardly any dishes at the end of your meal!  I have a lot of family members who eat gluten-free.  Hot Beef sundaes would be a great meal to make for a crowd of people, and you would have something delicious for the gluten-free and gluten eaters alike!

Pressure Cooker Hot Beef Sundae's


  • 2 pound angus beef roast or a beef roast of your choice
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 cups beef stock

Mashed Potatoes

  • 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter or ghee
  • salt and pepper to taste

Hot Beef Sundae fixings

  • shredded cheese
  • green onions
  • cherry tomatoes
  • sour cream


  1. On the bottom of your Pressure cooker, drizzle olive oil. it is followed by onions.  Place your beef roast on top of the onions and place garlic and the bay leaf on top of the roast.  Add beef stock.

  2. Place your pressure cooker trivet or a vegetable steamer on top of the beef.  Wash your potatoes and cut them in half.  Place the potatoes on the trivet. 

  3. Close your Pressure Cooker Lid 

  4. Cook on high pressure for 40 minutes

  5. Vent right away.

  6. Remove lid. Remove potatoes from the Pressure Cooker and set aside. 

  7. Remove Beef and place in a bowl. 

  8. Set your pressure cooker to the saute setting and add corn starch to make your gravy. 

  9. Once your gravy has been made, add the beef back in and shred it. 

  10. Make your mashed potatoes.  Place potatoes in a bowl, they should melt down fast.   Add butter and salt and any other things you like in mashed potatoes. 

  11. Build your sundaes in a bowl. Place mashed potatoes, followed by hot beef and gravy, cheese, sour cream and a cherry tomato on top.  Add green onions for a garnish. 

In addition to using the trivet that came with my Instant Pot Duo, I also use this simple metal vegetable steamer to separate two different foods in mine.

Your mashed potatoes will be cooked, so they probably won’t need to be mixed in a mixer.   I like to keep the skins on my potatoes, but you obviously can do what you prefer.

If you’re not a beef eater, I think this would be tasty with barbecue pulled pork!

Hot Beef Sundaes are  such a festive midwest dish, and I love it because:

It’s fast

It’s a meal made with real food that my kids love!




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