This traditional recipe for Irish Guinness Beef Stew is hearty, delicious, and sure to warm you up on a cold day. Make it as a winter meal or fun St. Patrick’s Day treat.
Short on time? Here’s the easy ‘set it and forget it’ crockpot version of this recipe: Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Stew.
🍺 How to Make Irish Guinness Beef Stew
Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large stockpot on medium high heat. Season the beef with salt and pepper. Add the beef to the pan, one half at a time so as to not crowd the pan. Sear the beef until it is browned on all sides. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining beef.
Add the onion to the stockpot and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the flour until the onions are coated and cook for 1 minute more.
Gradually pour the Guinness into the pot. Stir in the beef stock, carrots, celery, potatoes, tomato paste, bay leaf, thyme and beef. Turn up heat and cook until the stew begins to simmer.
Cover pot and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer on low for 1 ½ – 2 hours, stirring occasionally. The beef and potatoes should be tender when pierced with a fork.
Optionally: serve over mashed potatoes and garnish with parsley.
What Kind of Guinness Do You Use?
A Stout Guinness goes best with the flavors of this soup! Guinness Draught Stout and Guinness Extra Stout are sold in bottles or cans and are both excellent options.
How Much Guinness Do You Use?
This recipe uses a whole 12 oz bottle of Guinness. This is just enough to taste the Guinness flavor without it overpowering the soup.
How Do You Serve Irish Guinness Beef Stew?
You can serve this stew as a stand alone dish or over mashed potatoes. We love serving it over mashed potatoes for a hearty, satisfying dish. Leftovers also taste great this way!
🍺 The History of Irish Guinness Beef Stew
We love making this stew for St. Patrick’s Day and celebrating its Irish origins.
Guinness is an Irish beer that has been brewed in Dublin since 1759. It became popular in cooking as a way to help tenderize meat and vegetables. Today, if you walk into any pub in Ireland there’s a good chance Guinness Beef Stew will be on the menu!
This recipe seeks to mimic the traditional Irish flavor, so as you eat it you’ll feel as if you’re transported to a classic Irish pub 🙂
Irish Guinness Beef Stew
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 3 lbs chuck roast cubed
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 1/2 yellow onions chopped
- 4 yukon gold potatoes cubed
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1 bottle Guinness Extra Stout (or regular Guinness)
- 3 cups beef stock
- 4 carrots peeled & sliced
- 3 stalks celery sliced
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp white sugar
- 3 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1/2 tsp dried thyme)
- Optional: parsley to garnish