Guinness Beef Stew


 A wonderful beef stew recipe featuring a hearty sauce flavored with Guinness.  Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day and the best beef stew I’ve ever tasted!

Guinness Irish Beef Stew Recipe for St. Patrick's Day

 Happy Monday!  I am really feeling that one hour of lost sleep.  Anybody else?  But I would willingly sacrifice an hour of sleep and an hour of my day for that extra hour of daylight….totally worth it, in my opinion!  It makes such a difference and gives me an extra hour that I can photograph my food in natural light (things only a food blogger would think about).

This absolutely delicious recipe for Guinness beef stew is very easy to follow and the meat browns so beautifully. I was a little afraid that there would be a strong beer taste, but there wasn’t!  Mr. Wishes despises all beer and he ate this up and even had leftovers for lunch the next day.  So rest assured that the Guinness is just there for added flavor and to help with the rich gravy/sauce, but does not have a beer taste once the liquid cooks down and the sauce is reduced.

Irish stew is always a good comfort food and fabulous on these (still) cold, winter days.  Also, you should know, the flavors develop nicely overnight and it’s maybe even better the next day. 

I served this with a Guinness beer bread – double Guinness goodness! 🙂  I’ll be posting that recipe later on this week.  Enjoy!

Guinness Irish Beef Stew Recipe for St. Patrick's Day

Guinness Beef Stew
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Serves: 6-8
A wonderful beef stew recipe featuring a hearty sauce flavored with Guinness. Perfect for St. Patrick's Day and the best beef stew I've ever tasted!
  • 1 (3½ to 4-pound) boneless beef chuck-eye roast, pulled apart at seams, trimmed and cut into 1½-inch pieces (or use stew beef already cut up)
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 yellow onions, chopped fine
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle Guinness Draught, divided
  • 5 teaspoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1½ pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, unpeeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  1. Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and preheat to 325 degrees F.
  2. Season the beef with salt and freshly ground pepper.
  3. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven (or other heavy-bottomed pot) over medium-high heat, add the onions and salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until well browned, 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Add the tomato paste and garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in the flour and cook for an additional 1 minute.
  6. Whisk in the chicken stock, ¾ cup of the Guinness, brown sugar and thyme, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot.
  7. Bring to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes.
  8. Stir in the beef and return to a simmer.
  9. Transfer the pot to the oven and cook, uncovered, for 90 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking.
  10. Stir in the potatoes and carrots and continue cooking until the beef and vegetables are tender, about 1 hour, stirring halfway through cooking.
  11. Remove the pot from the oven and stir in the remaining ½ cup of Guinness and the parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.
Note: Do not use Guinness Extra Stout in this recipe, as it is too bitter.

 Recipe source:  adapted from

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39 Responses to “Guinness Beef Stew”

  1. March 10, 2014 at 8:45 AM #

    Yummm! Love how hearty this looks!

  2. March 10, 2014 at 9:08 AM #

    Sounds like I need to buy some Guinness so I can make your bread and this stew!

    • March 10, 2014 at 8:15 PM #

      Yes buy some!! It’s so good!

  3. March 10, 2014 at 10:16 AM #

    Love Guinness stew! Is it lunchtime yet?

    • March 10, 2014 at 8:15 PM #

      It’s always time for Guinness stew 😉

  4. March 10, 2014 at 11:45 AM #

    The whole time change totally threw me off for some reason! It normally doesn’t but this time … I’m feel like such a mess today! haha This stew looks awesome – my husband would love this!

    • March 10, 2014 at 8:15 PM #

      I’m a total mess today too!! Hopefully I’ll adjust soon. I must be getting old lol

  5. March 10, 2014 at 5:59 PM #

    I love stew and this sounds delicious with guinness. Now, I’m hungry!

    • March 10, 2014 at 8:14 PM #

      Thanks Cindy! The Guinness made this sooo good

  6. March 10, 2014 at 6:04 PM #

    Oh wow! How perfect is this for St. Patrick’s Day? And I love the addition of the Guinness Beer Bread to go with it! Genius! Love!

    • March 10, 2014 at 8:14 PM #

      It was a lot of guinness but that’s never a bad thing!

  7. March 10, 2014 at 6:24 PM #

    Awesome winter stew! Loving how comfy this looks!

    • March 10, 2014 at 8:14 PM #

      Thanks you Pamela!

  8. March 10, 2014 at 8:13 PM #

    I just love Guinness. It adds such wonderful flavor. This looks like the perfect comfort food.

    • March 10, 2014 at 8:13 PM #

      I love it too! Thanks!

  9. March 10, 2014 at 8:39 PM #

    I’m still adjusting too. I feel like I’m in a different country right now… I could use a big bowl of this delicious beef stew!

  10. March 11, 2014 at 8:08 AM #

    Lovin beef stew all the way…
    i just purchased cheapy beef cheek and i guess i;m gonna use this recipe for it!

    • March 11, 2014 at 1:15 PM #

      I hope you like it!! Thanks, Dedy!

  11. March 11, 2014 at 9:43 AM #

    I’ve been waking up late the last two mornings and it’s so unlike me! This really makes me want to grab a Guinness and get cooking – looks divine!

    • March 11, 2014 at 1:14 PM #

      I can’t wait to get used to the time change – this is a killer!

  12. March 11, 2014 at 10:17 AM #

    I so agree – I would rather give up an hour of sleep for an extra hour or two of daylight at the end of the day!
    Your stew looks and sounds awesome Ashley – I dont like to drink beer, but use it in chili ALL the time!

    • March 11, 2014 at 1:14 PM #

      I don’t drink it either but like cooking with it!! Thanks, Shashi!

  13. March 11, 2014 at 1:19 PM #

    Oh, that extra hour of daylight is so worth it. Love this stew too. It can comfort me during our next blizzard.

  14. March 11, 2014 at 4:07 PM #

    I love that you used Guinness in this stew recipe! In South Africa we do stews on open fire and almost always there is some beer added to the pot.. at times there are even 2 pots cooking at the same time with the 2nd one hosting a beer bread 🙂 Brings back very good memories.. Xx

  15. March 11, 2014 at 5:04 PM #

    I’m definitely feeling that missed hour too! This stew looks delicious. I’m loving all the carrots!

  16. March 12, 2014 at 8:12 AM #

    Delicious! I just made some Guinness beef stew a couple of weekends ago and it was really wonderful! It was very similar to this except I added peas. Your version looks great!

    • March 12, 2014 at 5:19 PM #

      Aww thank you!! Yeah I’ve seen people add peas to theirs…

  17. March 12, 2014 at 8:46 AM #

    It doesn’t get much better than this!

  18. March 12, 2014 at 1:12 PM #

    Guinness has such great flavor! I don’t often cook with it, but I should. And make this stew! Perfect for St. Pat’s — thanks.

    • March 12, 2014 at 5:17 PM #

      It is great to cook with!!

  19. March 12, 2014 at 8:46 PM #

    Yeay! We just made Guinness Beef Stew also! Awesome!

  20. March 12, 2014 at 10:24 PM #

    I love this beef stew, it looks delicious 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    • March 13, 2014 at 1:11 AM #

      Thank you so much!

  21. March 12, 2014 at 10:44 PM #

    Thank goodness in Hong Kong there is no fall back or spring forward time changes. Can you imagine getting 1.35 billion people give or take a few to change their clocks? Ayyahhh… This is a great stew. I have not tried it yet with the Guiness beer but it does sound very rich and delicious and love that homemade bread in the background getting ready to lop up all of those yummy juices. Take Care, BAM

    • March 13, 2014 at 1:11 AM #

      You guys are lucky – I hate the time change! Throws me all off! LOL

  22. August 11, 2015 at 12:24 AM #

    I truly appreciate this article.Really thank you! Cool.


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