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Hearty Guinness Beef Stew

A thick and hearty stew made with tender chunks of beef, baby potatoes, carrots, onions, and a bottle of Guinness.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: beef stew, Guinness stew, Irish stew
Servings: 8
Calories: 434kcal


  • pounds boneless beef chuck, cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 small yellow onions chopped
  • 3 large carrots, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 celery stalks, thickly sliced
  • 1 pound potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 pound brown button mushrooms, halved or sliced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 12 ounces (1 bottle) Guinness beer
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ cup water or beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Fresh chopped parsley for garnish


  • Season the cubed beef with salt and pepper.
  • Add 2 tablespoons oil to a large 7-quart Dutch Oven and set it over high heat.
  • Once oil is hot, add the beef in a couple of batches and sear on all sides.
  • Remove beef from the Dutch Oven and set aside.
  • Add remaining olive oil to the pot. Stir in the garlic and onions and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened.
  • Add the carrots, celery, potatoes, and mushrooms. Cook for a further 3 minutes. Add more oil, if needed.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the veggies and mix well to coat. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the Guinness beer and, using a wooden spoon, scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  • Return the beef to the pot; stir in the tomato paste, beef broth, bay leaf, thyme, and brown sugar.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to LOW; cover and allow to simmer for 1 1/2 hours with the lid on.
  • Remove lid and cook for 30 more minutes.
  • In a small cup or bowl combine water and cornstarch; whisk to combine.
  • Add cornstarch slurry to the stew and stir to incorporate.
  • Cook for 3 more minutes, or until thickened.
  • Remove stew from heat; taste and adjust salt and seasonings, if required.
  • Remove bay leaf and garnish stew with fresh chopped parsley.
  • Serve.


Calories: 434kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 795mg | Potassium: 1164mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3974IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 5mg