Hearty Irish Beef Stew Recipe

Growing up in Ireland, there was no greater comfort than coming home from a cold, wet day and opening the front door to a blast of heat from the radiators. Hastily kicking off your boots and coat as you step over the threshold to sit down to a warm, hearty bowl of Irish beef stew that has been slow cooked to perfection with melt in your mouth tender beef, chunky root vegetables and a chunk of buttery Irish soda bread to mop the bowl with. Simmering it for 8 hours on low heat is not the only secret that goes into making this delicious Irish beef stew recipe. Guinness Stout is what gives this dish its rich flavour. 

Irish Beef Stew Recipe


  • ½ a clove of garlic
  • ½ an onion
  • A generous sprinkling of salt & pepper
  • 3 carrots peeled and chopped roughly
  • ½ a stick of celery chopped roughly
  • 5 or 6 potatoes peeled and chopped into quarts
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 cubes of beef stock that make up 4 cups each
  • 1 can of Guinness
  • Fresh parsley and thyme
  • 1 tbsp of tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp of worcester sauce
  • Diced beef (not too lean or else it will be dry)
  • A drizzle of olive oil


  • On the stove, brown the beef in some oil until all sides are a light brown colour
  • In a slow cooker, add the onion, garlic, carrots, potatoes and celery
  • Add the liquid from the beef stock to the slow cooker, ensuring that the ingredients are covered
  • Add in your browned beef
  • Next add in your can of Guinness
  • Then add in parsley, thyme, tomato paste and worcester sauce and season with salt and pepper
  • Cook on low for 8 hours
  • Before serving, sift the flour into the stew, mixing carefully to get rid of any lumps. To make a gluten free version of the stew, swap out the flour for gluten free plain flour, arrowroot powder or tapioca flour
  • The Guinness can also be swapped out for red wine for an equally deliciously rich meal
  • Serve hot with crusty bread

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