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Crock Pot Irish Beef Stew is a delicious twist on classic stew with a tangy broth loaded with savory meat and tender vegetables. The slow cooker does all of the work making dinner a breeze.

Bowl of Irish beef stew.
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Crock pot Irish beef stew

This is such a simple stew recipe but the flavor is just really something special. The broth is so rich and flavorful that you will want to get every last drop.

The roast in this recipe turns out even better because of one extra simple step. The roast gets tossed in a flour mixture before going into the crock pot.

Everything gets tossed into the crock pot for a delicious meal. This is one of our favorites to make once the weather turns cool.

Slow cooking makes this meat so tender. If you love beef stew see more crock pot beef stew recipes.

Bowl of Irish beef stew.


  • flour
  • salt and pepper
  • Chuck roast or pre-cut stew meat. Either of these would be delicious.
  • Yukon Gold potatoes. You can also use baby potatoes, red potatoes or russet potatoes.
  • baby carrots. These are easy because you do not have any prep work. However, you can use regular size carrots if you prefer and cut them up.
  • onion. Don’t skip the onion. It provides so much flavor.
  • minced garlic. Garlic powder or fresh garlic can be substituted.
  • beef broth. Vegetable broth is another delicious option.
  • tomato paste. We have used tomato sauce as well.
  • red wine vinegar
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • dried thyme
  • bay leaves
  • Fresh parsley for garnish

How to make Irish beef stew crock pot recipe:

  • First, place the roast, flour, salt and pepper in a large bag working in batches if needed, Give it a good shake so that all of the meat is coated in the flour mixture.
Stew meat in bag coated with flour.
  • Next, place the meat in the bottom of the crock pot.
  • Then pour all of the other ingredients on top of the stew meat.
Crock pot with ingredients ready to be cooked.
  • Finally, cover and cook on low until the beef is tender. Make sure to remove the bay leaves before serving. . I also like to top with fresh parsley.

Keep reading for the full recipe.

Bowl of Irish beef stew.

What to serve with stew:

  • This stew is amazing with crusty bread so you can dip into that yummy broth. Pick up a loaf of French bread from the bakery or make these easy homemade dinner rolls. It is delicious.
  • I think a simple salad is also nice and a light option to serve with this stew. It is easy too.

Whatever you choose will be delicious. You definitely need some type of bread though to dip into the stew to get every last drop.

Bowl of Irish beef stew.

How to thicken Irish beef stew in slow cooker:

The flour that the meat was coated in will help thicken the stew. If you still want it thicker, just add one part cornstarch to two parts liquid.

I use the broth from the stew as the liquid. That way it keeps all of the flavor.

Add this to the slow cooker and turn the setting to high to allow this to thicken. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Then turn the slow cooker to warm and serve.

Bowl of Irish beef stew.

How to store leftovers:

Place leftover stew inside an airtight container in the fridge. It will last up to 4 to 5 days.

You can freeze the stew so it will last longer. However, the vegetables will become softer when thawed and reheated.

If you plan to freeze this, make sure to allow it to cool completely. Then place in freezer containers or bags. It will last up to 6 months in the freezer.

I prefer freezing in bags because they lay flat. It really saves a lot of space if you don’t have much room.

Ladle of beef stew.

Tips and tricks:

  • This recipe calls for diced onion. One of my favorite time saving tip is to use a small food chopper or food processor to quickly and easily chop onions. I usually chop the entire vegetable and freeze what I don’t need.

    It’s so nice to be able to just take the diced onion out of the freezer for recipes. Learn and  how to freeze onions
  • Programmable crock pot  – I love using this type of slow cooker for when I am am not at home all day. It is nice to come home to a home cooked meal ready and waiting.
  • Crock pot liners Save time and use liners for the slow cooker. Clean up is a breeze.
  • Chop the vegetables into large chunks. If you cut the potatoes too small they will get very mushy when slow cooking.
  • Vegetables. More ideas to add include: green beans, green peas, corn or celery.
  • Low setting. While you can cook this recipe on high, I prefer it cooked on the low setting. The meat will have plenty of time to get really tender. The flavor is also just amazing.
Bowl of Irish beef stew.

Stovetop option:

You can fix this dish on the stove top if you prefer. Add the beef to bag and coat the meat as instructed. Brown the beef over medium high heat making sure to scrape any browned bits in a Dutch oven.

Remove the meat and add onion and add garlic. Sauté until transparent. Add the other ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours.

Bowl of Irish beef stew.

This Irish Stew Crock pot Recipe is a must try.

This is one of our favorite comfort food meals. Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew is fall apart tender and amazing.

The stew recipe has so much hearty beef and our family loves it including the kids. It is also good served over mashed potatoes.

You will love the broth and potatoes. Oh and don’t forget the bread or some type of Irish soda bread to enjoy with it. It is the perfect comfort food and festive for St Patrick’s day.

We enjoy this hearty stew year round. It is simply amazing and very easy to prepare.

Ladle of Irish beef stew in crockpot.

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Crock pot Irish Beef Stew

5 from 12 votes
Crock Pot Irish Beef Stew Recipe is a tasty twist on classic stew with a tangy broth loaded with savory meat and vegetables. The slow cooker make it easy!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine Irish
Course Main Course
Calories 402


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  • In a large bag, place the roast, flour, salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Place in the bottom of the crock pot.
  • Pour everything else on top.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until beef is tender
  • Remove the bay leaves and serve.
  • Top with fresh parsley.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 402kcal, Carbohydrates 40g, Protein 31g, Fat 14g, Saturated Fat 6g, Cholesterol 78mg, Sodium 2052mg, Potassium 1769mg, Fiber 8g, Sugar 10g, Vitamin A 11114IU, Vitamin C 31mg, Calcium 136mg, Iron 11mg

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  1. Carrie says:

    Tonie – I use a 6-8 quart crock pot when making this recipe. Yes, you can use pork instead of beef and chicken broth instead of beef broth. Also, I think a Guinness beer would be delicious in this recipe. Let us know how it turns out!

  2. Tonie says:

    This recipe sounds good. I have few questions:
    1. How many quarts the crock pot has to be?
    2. Can I use pork instead of beef, chicken broth instead of beef broth, and add some Guinness beer?
    Thank you.

  3. Eugene says:

    5 stars
    Very goox