Irish Beef Stew

Irish Beef Stew

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hrs 5 mins
  • Servings: 8
  • About This Recipe

    “This is my adopted recipe, I haven’t made it yet.”


  • 2lbs lean stewing beef or 2lbsbeef chuck, in two inch chunks
  • 1teaspoonsalt
  • 1/2 teaspoonpepper
  • flour( for dredging)
  • 2tablespoons bacon drippings or 2tablespoonsvegetable oil
  • 2largeyellow onions, chopped
  • 1clovegarlic, finely minced(optional)
  • 6 -8mediumcarrots, scraped and sliced
  • 2 -3largepotatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 2 -3turnips, peeled and cut into cubes(optional)
  • 1cupGuinness stout
  • 1cupbeef broth
  • Directions

  • Season beef with salt and pepper; toss beef chunks in flour until well coated.
  • Heat drippings or oil in Dutch oven and brown beef over medium-high heat in two batches.
  • When all are browned, remove beef from pan and add onions and garlic and cook over medium heat until onion is translucent.
  • Return beef to pot and add carrots, potatoes, turnips, stout and broth.
  • Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer.
  • Cover and cook for 2 hours or until beef is fork-tender.
  • Reviews

  • “Lovely comforting food”

  • “Sounds great.I’d add some diced celery.”

  • “Made this stew …..minus the guiness and turnips and it’s a delicious, filling meal!!I made it for St. Patrick’s Day along with Impossible Beer Bread.Great for dipping in the yummy gravy!!”

  • “Great for the slow cooker.As other reviewers have said, the quantities for the liquids in the recipe are a bit light. I eneded up using 2 cups of Guinness and probably 2 to 3 cups of beef stock so that everything was covered in the crock pot.As I serve it on mashed potatoes, I didn’t use potatoes in the actual recipe but used a turnip, a swede, a parsnip, a sweet potato and about 4 medium carrots.Next time I’ll add a bay leaf or two as my good friend and chef Browndog said that this would take any acidity out that may come from the stout.Thanks for posting – loved it!”

  • “I can not believe I haven’t reviewed this yet. I have made this several times and each and every time its fantastic. I use turnips, parsnips, carrots, potatoes and have used sweet potato in it before. No matter what the combo its lovely. My husband thanks you for this recipe. For myself this is the recipe that has gotten me to actually enjoy stew.”

  • “I chose this to make for the Eire part of Virtual cruise:British Isles & Ireland and I was glad I did. It was simple to make and the end result was really tasty. I did not add the Guinness – personal preference, but the gravy was tasty all the same and the beef melted in your mouth.”

  • “This was really good. My husband made it for dinner last night. We did add 2 cups of broth and a whole can of the Guinness draught so that veggies were covered with liquid. Also added a little flour water mixture to thicken thesauce up a bit. It only took about an hour and a half but he cut the veggies into smaller pieces. Great stew!!!”

  • “Made this last night…it came out GREAT. The meat melted in our mouths. I didn’t have any Guinness and had to use regular beer increasing the amount to 2 cups but other than that I made no changes. I will definately be making this again. Thanks!!!!”

  • “I made this with 5 carrots, 2 turnips, and three red potatoes (not peeled).Overall it turned out very delicious though I did have to increase the amount of broth and Guinness to completely cover the meat and veggies.I also added some butter/flour at the end to thicken the broth some, it was a little thin for my taste.”

  • “Never had Irish Beef Stew before, but I decided to try this recipe for St. Patrick’s Day. It turned out well (didn’t need to cook for the full two hours, maybe because I cut the meat and vegetables too small?), but I think I prefer “regular” beef stew. This was nice for a change though.”

  • “This is great!”