This Guinness Beef Stew recipe is so hearty and comforting on a cold winter's day. Perfect for St. Patrick's Day or any day of the year!
Beef stew is a regular dinner in our home because it is just so filling and hearty, especially on a cold winter's day. I usually stick to my regular crockpot beef stew recipe, but at this time of year, my husband will have Guinness in the house and I will grab a bottle to make this Guinness Beef Stew.
Guinness is a dark colored rich Irish beer that will give this Irish Beef Stew an amazing depth of flavor. Your finished stew won't taste like beer and there is really no substitution for it if you want a traditional Irish stew. Guinness gives this beef stew a much earthier flavor and more depth to the stew.
What to Serve With Irish Stew
I usually like to whip up a loaf of my homemade beer bread whenever I am making soup, but for this one, I usually stick to making a loaf of my homemade Irish Soda Bread (although honestly, my children prefer the beer bread!).
Anyway - to make this Guinness Beef Stew, you will need at least 4 hours and the following:
- 1 1/2 lb Beef Chuck cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
- 1/2 cup Flour
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
- 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
- 2 tsp minced Garlic
- 3 cup Beef Broth or Stock
- 1 bottle Guinness Extra Stout
- 1/2 can Tomato Paste
- 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
- 1/4 tsp dried Thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 pounds small Red Potatoes, quartered
- 1 Onion, chopped
- 1 lb Carrots, chopped
Making it is pretty easy!
After dredging the beef in the flour, salt & pepper, brown it (in small batches) and set aside. Add the onion to your pan and saute until browned. Add the Guinness & garlic to your dutch oven and use a spatula to scrape up all the brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
Return the browned beef to the dutch oven along with the leftover dredging flour and bring to a simmer.
Add the remaining ingredients (except the carrots and potatoes) to the dutch oven, stir well and place in the oven for 2 hours. After an hour, add the carrots. An hour after that, add the potatoes. Serve and enjoy!
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