Guinness Beef Stew

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

My favorite recipe for hearty and flavorful Guinness beef stew!


  • 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.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Guinness Beef Stew |

Guinness Beef Stew |

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

Leave a Comment:


  1. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — March 5, 2013 @ 7:56 am (#)

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

  2. Cookin Canuck — March 5, 2013 @ 7:58 am (#)

    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!

  3. Jessica — March 5, 2013 @ 8:06 am (#)

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

  4. Tracey — March 5, 2013 @ 8:33 am (#)

    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 :)

  5. Bev @ Bev Cooks — March 5, 2013 @ 8:46 am (#)

    Mmmmmmmmm babayyyy!

  6. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain — March 5, 2013 @ 9:00 am (#)

    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

  7. Audra | The Baker Chick — March 5, 2013 @ 9:29 am (#)

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

  8. Jackie @ The Beeroness — March 5, 2013 @ 10:27 am (#)

    That stew looks amazing! Your sauce looks perfect.

  9. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — March 5, 2013 @ 10:41 am (#)

    This looks AWESOME. Perfect comfort food!

  10. marcie@flavorthemoments — March 5, 2013 @ 10:42 am (#)

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

  11. Little Kitchie — March 5, 2013 @ 10:42 am (#)

    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! :)

  12. Kelsey — March 5, 2013 @ 10:47 am (#)

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

  13. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — March 5, 2013 @ 11:16 am (#)

    Guinness beef stew is one of my favorites!

  14. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — March 5, 2013 @ 1:59 pm (#)

    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!

  15. Cassie | Bake Your Day — March 5, 2013 @ 5:39 pm (#)

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

  16. LIz Stevens | Gimme Some Style — March 5, 2013 @ 7:13 pm (#)

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

  17. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — March 5, 2013 @ 7:49 pm (#)

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

  18. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — March 6, 2013 @ 5:54 am (#)

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

  19. Cornelia — March 13, 2013 @ 3:43 pm (#)

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

  20. Mike — March 17, 2013 @ 5:26 pm (#)

    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!

  21. Jodee Weiland — September 28, 2013 @ 12:46 pm (#)

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

  22. David @ CookingChat — October 6, 2013 @ 8:17 pm (#)

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

  23. Jodee Weiland — October 13, 2013 @ 8:17 pm (#)

    Looks absolutely delicious! Love this!

  24. Melissa — October 29, 2013 @ 5:50 pm (#)

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

  25. michelle — March 26, 2014 @ 6:15 pm (#)

    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!!!

  26. Myles — January 2, 2015 @ 3:41 pm (#)

    Every time I make this stew, it never makes it to the next day!   

  27. Vanessa — April 30, 2015 @ 5:12 pm (#)

    I’ve made this stew a few times now. I’ts such an easy dish to make and so delicious. Thank you for posting this. 

    • Ali — April 30th, 2015 @ 7:52 pm

      Thanks for sharing Vanessa, so glad you like it! Cheers! : )

  28. Lori — October 30, 2015 @ 11:07 am (#)

    It’s a rainy day and I am making this for dinner tonight. Can’t wait!  I can always count on your website when I need ideas. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 30th, 2015 @ 12:48 pm

      Awww, we hope you love it Lori! Rainy day + soup is always a great combo. :)

  29. Myles — March 16, 2016 @ 10:52 am (#)

    Is it possible to adapt this for the slow cooker?  

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 16th, 2016 @ 9:38 pm

      Hi Myles! Yes! You’ll still want to follow the instructions in the first paragraph, and also sauté the onion and garlic. Then transfer the beef/onion/garlic mixture to a slow cooker, along with the rest of the ingredients. You can either cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 8 hours. We hope you enjoy! :)

  30. Laurie — October 23, 2016 @ 6:24 pm (#)

    This was amazing!!!  Usually when I try a new recipe I’ll make it according to the recipe and then tweek it if needed.  NOTHING in this recipe needs to be changed, altered, added to or removed…  I am now addicted and can bet I’ll be making this pretty often.  Thanks for a great recipe!


  1. Pingback: Yuengling Beef Stew - JavaCupcake

  2. Pingback: What’s on the Menu {11/18–22} | Kitchen Pots & Tabletops

  3. Pingback: Lagunitas Beef Stew | Cooking in the Creek

  4. Pingback: Guinness Caramelized Onion & Mushroom Pizzettes - Recipe Runner

  5. Pingback: Guinness Crinkle Cookies - I bake he shoots

  6. Pingback: Donna Morgan Blog | Happy St. Patrick's Day! - Donna Morgan Blog

  7. Pingback: What’s on the Menu {11/18–22} |

  8. Pingback: 10 Beef Stew Recipes To Keep You Warm All Winter Long