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Irish Beef Stew With Guinness Stout


  • 2tablespoons olive oil
  • 3bay leaves
  • 2lbs beef stew meat, cut into 1 1/2 (with some fat left on the meat)
  • 1large yellow onion, peeled and cut into 1/4
  • 2garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 1teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 2 -3tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3⁄4cup beef stock (or use canned)
  • 1⁄2cup Guinness stout
  • 1tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • 1⁄2lb carrot, sliced
  • salt and black pepper, freshly ground


  • Heat a 6 quart stove top casserole or oven proof pot and add the oil and the bay leaves.
  • Cook the bay leaves for a moment and then add the meat. Brown the meat on both sides on high heat.
  • Add the onion and cook for a few minutes until it is clear.
  • Reduce the heat to low and add the garlic, thyme, rosemary and flour and stir until smooth.
  • Add the beef stock and stout; simmer, stirring until the stew thickens a bit. Add the remaining ingredients and cover.
  • Place the pot in the oven at 275 F: for about 2 hours, stirring a couple of times.
  • Check for the salt and pepper before serving.


  • Carrie1

    Great recipe! I added some peas and potatoes to it and cooked it on top of the stove rather than in the oven. Easier to keep an eye on it. Really is better the second day!!!!!

  • Nick77

    One Guiness in the stew for the family. 5 for me waiting for it to cook. I like this reciept. I also added carrots, celery. Very very good. I have it in my favorites to cook again. The family loved it even the little ones.

  • Kevin Young

    Fabulous! We just had our first cold day of the year and made this. It was wonderful. I did add potatoes, and about a full cup of Guinness. Other than that just followed the directions and it was much better than we had hoped for. You have to hope it’s great if you’re going to use Guinness in it, don’t want to waste any of that 🙂 Thank you very much.

  • Liz Gallagher

    I add more veggies and more stout, and cut down on the beef stock… green beans and carrots, potatoes and a little bit of cabbage. Best thing about this recipe is that you can mess with it as you like…nothing’s set or required (beside the Guinness of course! 😀 )

  • Meghan

    This was so great!!! Followed the recipe but added a few potatoes diced and used a full can of guinness subbing for part of the water. I did this on the stovetop on low for a few hours instead of cooking it in the oven So rich and hearty!!

  • Fran Kelly

    While on my first visit to Ireland in July 1999, the birthplace of parents, my cousin and I stopped in Doolen near the Cliffs of Mohr and had this marvelous dark Irish Beef Stew cooked in Guinness Stout” at O’Connors Pub. It was absolutely delicous and the first authentic Irish meal we had and while all the food was great there was nothing that could beat the Irish Stew. When I found the recipe on this site, I immediately tried it and it is exactly like what we had in Ireland. When my cousin came to dinner and I served it, he was sure I had gotten the recipe from O’Connors Pub while we were in Ireland. It was a cinch to make, directions were very easy to follow and it practically cooks itself. It is equally as good over mashed potatoes or rice. Try it, you’ll like it. The one ingredient I added was a “wee bit of blarney”

  • Dee514

    I cooked it on top of the stove, and added some green beans to it. Served it with Irish brown bread and mashed potatoes. After the first taste, it became a favorite of hubby and son! Thank you.

  • cush

    One of my “go to” recipes now. I add diced potatoes and use more stock, typically two cups . The beer can be something less strong tasting than Guiness but….

  • Coastiehoney

    Wow!!! This was so good. I was inspired to make this as we get something similar in a pub we go to. After having this and then going back DH prefers this one. I will add more liquid next time as most cooks out and that was DH’s only suggestion for the next time I make it. Thanks!!!

  • stephanie s.

    At the first sign of cooler temps I am ready for stew or some other warm one-pot meal. This stew fit the bill. We really enjoyed the flavor imparted by the beer. There was a subtle sweetness to it. I did add all of the stout since I had a larger bottle, and I too added potatoes. This is a winner even if you improvise other veggies I think. This will be one of my go-2s for stew.