Guinness Beef Stew

March 5, 2013 by Ali

Guinness Beef Stew |

Ever since I had stew at my friend Sara’s wedding this past December, I have been craving it like crazy.

Wait – what’s this, you say? Stew at a wedding??

That’s right. My born-and-raised Midwestern friend, Sara, ended up falling in love with a great man from Wales. So a big group of friends and I had the grand opportunity to spend time in Europe this past December and attend our first American-Welsh wedding!

It was one of the absolute highlights of my year in so many ways. But without a doubt, one of the best parts of the evening (after the beautiful high church wedding and then the English tea) was the hours upon hours of Welsh folk dancing. Just imagine a huge open barn-like room, an incredible folk band belting away, and guests of all ages packed on the dance floor as we spun and swayed and laughed as we Americans tried to learn the many Welsh dances. There were smiles everywhere you turned. I don’t know if I have ever seen people so happy to be dancing at a wedding!!!

But alas, at 9pm on the dot, the band stopped, the dancing stopped, and everyone made their way to the buffet tables for our second meal of the night — beef stew! And believe me, it was¬†awesome. Everyone loaded up their plates with the hearty stew, grabbed a drink and some extra bread and butter, and then returned for seconds as soon as the line cleared. The stew completely hit the spot, and was the perfect meal to keep us going for hours more on the dance floor.

But ever since then, I have been craving a good beef stew. So in honor of Guinness Week here at Gimme Some Oven, I’m excited to be sharing a recipe for a classic Guinness Beef Stew that is one of my favorites. You can make it on the stove or in the slow cooker. But either way, this stew is full of flavor (yes, you can taste the Guinness!), and received great reviews from my friends, neighbors, and happy taste-testers Liz and Tanner.

Cheers to a great stew, especially when shared with great friends here or halfway around the world!

Guinness Beef Stew |

Guinness Beef Stew

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Yield: 6-8 Servings


  • 3 lb. beef chuck roast, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly-cracked black pepper
  • 3/4 cup flour, divided
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (11.2 oz.) bottle Guinness stout beer, divided
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and sliced into thick coins
  • 1.5 lbs. Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme


Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Place 1/2 cup flour in a shallow dish. Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper; dredge beef in flour, shaking off excess. Add half of beef to pan; cook 6 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Remove beef from pan with a slotted spoon. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil and beef. Remove beef from pan.

Add onion to the pot, then saute until softened and translucent, about five minutes. Add garlic and saute for an additional minute. Add the 1 cup of Guinness, and stir for 1 minute, being sure to scratch the bottom of the pan to lift up any brown bits. Add carrots, potatoes, beef broth, tomato paste, bay leaf, thyme, and the cooked meat (along with any of its accumulated juices) to pan. Bring to boil, cover and reduce heat to medium-low to simmer. Simmer over low for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally and adding additional water as needed.

Whisk remaining 1/4 cup flour into the remaining Guinness until dissolved. Stir into stew until thickened. Remove bay leaf and season with additional salt and pepper if needed. Serve warm garnished with chopped parsley if desired.

Guinness Beef Stew |

Guinness Beef Stew |

A little peek at our Welsh dancing wedding night – so fun!

filed in Beef, Entrees

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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29 thoughts on “Guinness Beef Stew

  1. We are having a spring snowstorm today and I wanted to cook something warm and hearty for dinner – so, this stew on the stove simmering now. Thanks for the recipe – smells great, I can’t wait to taste it!!!

    - michelle

  2. Made this recipe tonight for dinner it’s AMAZING!!! Thanks so much for sharing:)

    - Melissa

  3. Looks absolutely delicious! Love this!

    - Jodee Weiland

  4. Thanks for the recipe! Just made this for supper. I liked the consistency provided by the Guinness whisked with flour added at end.

    - David @ CookingChat

  5. Wow! This looks great! I love this type of dish, but your recipe looks exceptionally good! Thanks!

    - Jodee Weiland

  6. Made this today. Substituted Left Hand Brewing Co. Nitro Milk Stout for the Guinness. Not that there is anything WRONG with Guinness, but with so many good stouts out there gotta try something besides the old standby! Easily the best beef stew I have ever made – great recipe!

    - Mike

  7. That stew looks so yummy in the picture I can’t wait to make it! thanks for posting

    - Cornelia

  8. My husband would go ga-ga over this stew! Thanks for the great recipe Ali! :D

    - Caroline @ chocolate & carrots

  9. I’m pretty sure that’s the first time I’ve ever heard of beef stew being served at a wedding!

    - Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

  10. Oh my goodness this stew was so good! Thanks for sharing! Definitely recommend this to all!

    - LIz Stevens | Gimme Some Style

  11. I am happy to eat stew, especially this time of year. It looks so good! And what a fun wedding meal too!

    - Cassie | Bake Your Day

  12. What a fun wedding! And dude, this stew is just screaming my name! I’m not much of a beer person but I will make and devour this in a heartbeat!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  13. Guinness beef stew is one of my favorites!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  14. This meal, and the party that inspired it, sound perfect!

    - Kelsey

  15. 1. That stew looks absolutely delicious and JUST the thing for a cold day.
    2. That wedding sounds like the most fun ever! Now I want one of my friends to marry a Welsh guy! :)

    - Little Kitchie

  16. This sounds really homey and delicious. I love corned beef, but this would be a perfect replacement for St. Patty’s Day supper!

    - marcie@flavorthemoments

  17. This looks AWESOME. Perfect comfort food!

    - Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

  18. That stew looks amazing! Your sauce looks perfect.

    - Jackie @ The Beeroness

  19. I am loving Guinness week! I love a good beef stew and this one looks wonderful!

    - Audra | The Baker Chick

  20. YUM – I love Guinness stew. Even if it’s warm outside I think I could still eat a few bowlfuls of this stuff – and yours looks outstanding! Will have to try it soon, maybe for St. Patrick’s Day :D

    - Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

  21. Mmmmmmmmm babayyyy!

    - Bev @ Bev Cooks

  22. What a fun wedding – it definitely sounds like a great celebration! And to cap it all off with Guinness beef stew?? I’d better not let my husband find out we could have done that :)

    - Tracey

  23. Would this work in a crock pot? Don’t have a Dutch oven. Thx. Recipe looks amazing.

    - Jessica

  24. The wedding sounds like a blast! It’s always fun to experience the traditions of other cultures.

    I recently made an Irish stew with Guinness and, let me tell you, my family couldn’t stop eating it. Yours looks fantastic!

    - Cookin Canuck

  25. This is probably my husband’s favorite meal of all time!! He loves beef stew and Guinness is his beer of choice.

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl