Guinness Beef Stew

This Guinness Beef Stew recipe is so hearty and delicious, and perfect for St. Patrick's Day. | gimmesomeoven.com

Mmmmm…stew.

Even better?  This Irish beef stew, slow-simmered with a bottle of Guinness until it’s perfectly rich and cozy and delicious, and will warm you up down to your bones.

I have a long history of making this recipe every year around St. Patrick’s Day, and love bringing home a six-pack of stout to make it happen.  But I have to admit that this recipe always actually reminds me of another favorite winter memory that took place just across the sea from Ireland — my dear friend, Sara’s, wedding.

About four years ago, my beautiful and talented Kansas City friend fell in love with this amazing chap from England, and courageously packed up her things and moved across the pond so that they could finally be together and get married…which was so exciting!  And which, of course, meant that all of our Kansas City crew had to fly over for the wedding.  ?  A bunch of us decided to travel over there together, and spent a fun week adventuring (and driving on the left side of the road) all around London and Oxford.  But the highlight of the trip was absolutely Sara and Michael’s wedding in this charming little town called Shrewsbury.

The two of them decided to have a full-on traditional English wedding.  So naturally, we girls all took that as an excuse to make a shopping trip the day before for new hats and fascinators for the occasion.  (You can my feathery choice below!)  Then on the wedding day, we navigated Shrewsbury’s cobblestone streets in our heels to reach the beautiful, centuries-old church where our friends tied the knot in a high-church Anglican ceremony, which was lovely.  Then afterwards, everyone made their way to a cozy restaurant where we all shared a formal English tea together, complete with little tea sandwiches and pastries galore.  And then we all walked across the street to a huge barn, where Sara’s new English friends and family taught all of us Americans the art of dancing — make that, Welsh line dancing — the night away.

And oh my goodness, it was so fun.

Ha, we Americans had absolutely no idea what we were doing.  ?  But everyone was so warm and welcoming, so we joined the big circle, tried our best to learn the steps, and danced and twirled and laughed and spun around the room for hours.  And then suddenly, right in the middle of it all, the folk band stopped and everyone started filing into the back room of the barn for — get this — a stew break!!  Ha, it was the most perfect thing ever.  We all were starving after all of that dancing, and sure enough, a big and hearty bowl of stew with some bread and butter totally hit the spot.  We ate our fill.  And then, recharged, returned to the dance floor to wrap up the evening.

The whole experience that day was so much fun, and so joyful, and will forever be one of my favorite wedding memories.  And…it also convinced me that we all need a good “stew break” in life every now and again.  Wouldn’t you agree?

Before we get to the recipe, here are a few pics from the wedding…

Exhibit A: Americans wearing hats.  Or technically, fascinators.  ?  (Why are these not more popular in the States?!)

Exhibit B: Welsh dancing.  So much dancing.

Exhibit C: The famous stew.  Magic.
My original photo for Guinness Beef Stew (2013).

Well as far as good homemade beef stew recipes go, today’s recipe will always be one of my faves.

I first shared this one on the blog back in 2013 (see above), right after returning home from Sara and Michael’s wedding.  But it’s been a favorite in my house for years, and always seems to hit the spot during those last few weeks of winter around St. Patrick’s Day.  I don’t know about you, but on months like these when we have 80 degree afternoons mixed with snowstorms the following weekends, I still love some good and hearty comfort food to get through the cold spells.  And this soup was the perfect comfort food last week.

You’re welcome to make it with any stout that you like, but Guinness is always my choice (especially around St. Pat’s!).

This Guinness Beef Stew recipe is so hearty and delicious, and perfect for St. Patrick's Day. | gimmesomeoven.com

Just prepare your stew base, pour in the entire bottle of Guinness, and let everything simmer for a few hours on the stove (or in the Crock Pot) until it’s thick and tender and ready to go.

This Guinness Beef Stew recipe is so hearty and delicious, and perfect for St. Patrick's Day. | gimmesomeoven.com

Then ladle it up into some cozy bowls, sprinkle with lots of black pepper and maybe a hint of fresh parsley, and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.

Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, or any day that you’re in need of a good stew break.  ?

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Guinness Beef Stew

My favorite recipe for hearty and flavorful Guinness beef stew!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 pounds beef chuck roast, trimmed of excess fat and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Kosher salt and freshly-cracked black pepper
  • 1 large white or yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle Guinness beer
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and diagonally sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1.5 lbs. Yukon gold potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • optional garnish: chopped fresh parsley

Directions:

  1. Season beef with a few generous pinches of salt and pepper.  Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat.  Add half of beef to pan.  Cook until seared, turning the beef every 30-45 seconds or so until all sides are browned.  Remove beef from pan with a slotted spoon, and transfer to a clean plate.  Add an additional 1 tablespoon oil to the stockpot, and repeat this process with the remaining half of the beef, transferring it afterwards to the plate as well.
  2. Add the onion to the stockpot (adding extra oil if needed, but usually there is leftover drippings/oil from the beef) and saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute, stirring occasionally.  Then stir in the flour until it has evenly coated the onions, and cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally.  Gradually stir in the Guinness, and use a wooden spoon to scrape the bottom of the pan to loosen any of those yummy brown bits. Stir in the beef stock, carrots, potatoes, tomato paste, bay leaf, thyme, and the cooked beef (along with any of its accumulated juices). Continue cooking until the stew reaches a simmer.  Then cover and reduce heat to medium-low.  Simmer over low for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally, until the beef is tender and the potatoes are soft.
  3. Remove bay leaf and season with additional salt and pepper if needed.
  4. Serve warm garnished with chopped parsley if desired.

Recipe updated in March 2017.

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88 comments on “Guinness Beef Stew”

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

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

  4. 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. 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

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

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

  8. This looks AWESOME. Perfect comfort food!

  9. 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! :)

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

  11. Guinness beef stew is one of my favorites!

  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!

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

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

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

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

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

  18. 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!

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

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

  22. Looks absolutely delicious! Love this!

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

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  27. 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!!!

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

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  31. 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. 

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  33. 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. 

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  35. Is it possible to adapt this for the slow cooker?  

    • 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! :)

  36. 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!

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  38. Ali!! I was so jazzed to get this in my inbox this morning. However, where is this picture of you and your feathers?? Sounds like an amazing time <3

  39. Sounds amazing! The beef may be too essential to the recipe to change but if you have any ideas on how to adapt this for someone who can’t eat red meat that would be appreciated!

    • Hi MB! In addition to the veggies this calls for, you could try adding some mushrooms, especially some dried porcinis that you reconstitute with hot water (the mushrooms are nice and meaty and give a good umami flavor). You could also add some anchovy paste and a little soy sauce to kick up the flavor. We hope this helps!

  40. how do I print the entire recipe only?  I am interested in the Guinness Beef Stew recipe only.

    • Hi Sara! There’s a “print” icon in the recipe box (upper right hand corner, just under the recipe photo).

  41. I LOVE stews, but not meat. Any suggestions on what to sub? I’ve made it with just potatoes, carrots, and onion, but it’s boring – and not terribly well rounded! Thanks!

    • Hi Amanda! Hmmm, the meat is such a central component of this dish, so that’s a tough one. In addition to the veggies this calls for, you could try adding some mushrooms, especially some dried porcinis that you reconstitute with hot water (the mushrooms are nice and meaty and give a good umami flavor). You could also add some anchovy paste and a little soy sauce to kick up the flavor. We hope this helps!

  42. I did a double take on the dark wood background. Mixing it up a bit. ? ?? I love it! ? And the stew looks delicious too!

  43. Looks delish! Do you use homemade beef stock in this recipe? Cheers!

    • Thanks, Jan! We didn’t, but you totally could (and we think it would be extra awesome if you did)! :)

  44. Oh my God!!! You make me feel so hungry. This Stew looks so amazing. I love it.

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  46. Is it OK to feed this to my 8 yr old because of the Guinness? Does the alcohol cook out? I don’t want CPS showing up. 

  47. Just whipped up some of my beef stew last weekend cause we’re having similar weather in Louisville! Going to have to try it with Guiness this weekend though – in honor of the holiday and all. Thanks for the idea!