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If you love stew, try something a little different and make this delicious Irish beef stew. The tomato broth is tangy and the bacon gives it the best flavor. The beef is so tender and the entire dish is the best comfort food.
Irish beef stew
One pot meals are the best and we love them for busy weeknight dinners. You have less mess to clean and all that you need for dinner is in the pot. This makes dinner a breeze.
Plus, this stew is AMAZING! It is thick and hearty with vegetables, beef and the best broth you have ever had.
Seriously! You will want to lick the bowl because the broth is the best. I can’t wait for you to try this.
Prefer the crock pot? Try Crock Pot Irish Beef Stew Recipe.
Ingredients for Irish Guinness Beef stew:
- Stew meat
- Olive oil
- Yellow onion
- Garlic, minced
- All-purpose flour
- Bottle Guinness
- Tomato Paste
- Beef Stock
- Bay Leaves
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Salt and Pepper
How to make Irish beef stew:
In a dutch oven, cook bacon over a medium high heat until desired crispness, remove and set aside.
Season beef with salt and pepper.
Next, add olive oil to dutch oven and brown the beef, remove and set aside. Add butter and onions, cook until onions are soft and translucent, 2-3 minutes.
Add in flour and whisk to make a roux, cook for 1 minute. Pour in Guinness and whisk until there are no more lumps.
Add tomato paste, chicken stock, carrots or parsnips, Worcestershire sauce, celery, bay leaves and thyme, stir to combine.
Return beef, potatoes and bacon to the pot.
Bring to a boil, then reduce to low, cover and simmer for up to 2 hours, or until sauce has thickened to a loose gravy and vegetables are fork tender.
Taste and add salt and pepper as needed, remove bay leaves and enjoy
You may use chicken broth in place of beef. The chicken broth will mask the taste of the guinness beer more.
Just use what you prefer!
What to serve with Irish beef 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. So good!
Just use whatever your family likes! We have even made this easy homemade cornbread and served the stew with that.
You can also try Cheddar Jalapeno Cornbread Recipe for a little extra kick.
Whatever you choose will be delicious. You definitely need some type of bread though to dip into the soup to get every last drop!
Tips for easy Irish beef stew:
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 and peppers.
If you do not have one of these, I highly recommend them. They are such a time saver and you can get the veggies really fine.
I usually just 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.
Meal prep tips like this really help to make the week easier and getting dinner on the table a breeze. It’s so quick and easy and helps get dinner on the table fast.
Irish guinness beef stew is budget friendly.
This is a great way to stretch your grocery budget because the beef really stretches with all of the yummy veggies. Oh and that broth is amazing!
You can use a roast cut into pieces or pre-cut stew meat. They are both amazing.
I just use what I have on hand or is on sale at the grocery store. Just use what is in the freezer!
By shopping when things are on sale I save money on groceries and it really helps our budget. Saving money and feeding a big family can be accomplished.
I cut our grocery bill by 50% off by following these 8 Tips for for Saving Money on Groceries by Menu Planning! Save that money for something else!
Everyone will love this meal and it is super easy to make. You can easily feed a crowd with this recipe.
Give it a try!
This is one of our favorite comfort food dishes. I love that you can make this on the stove top or use the slow cooker. This Irish beef stew recipe is so delicious.
Once you cover and simmer, the flavors really start to blend for a great recipe. It is absolutely delicious.
We love it year round but it is especially fun to make this for St. Patrick’s Day too.
Another delicious recipe to try is Crock Pot Sweet Potato Stew. It is so good!
Print this delicious Irish beef stew recipe:
Irish Beef Stew
- 2 pounds stew meat
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 yellow onion
- 6 slices bacon chopped
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 11.2 oz bottle Guinness
- 4 tablespoons tomato paste
- 4 cups beef stock
- 3 carrots chopped
- 2 stalks celery chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 3 cups potatoes peeled and chopped
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a dutch oven cook bacon over a medium high heat until desired crispness, remove and set aside
- Season beef with salt and pepper
- Add olive oil to dutch oven and brown the beef, remove and set aside
- Add butter and onions, cook until onions are soft and translucent, 2-3 minutes
- Add in flour and whisk to make a roux, cook for 1 minute
- Pour in Guinness and whisk until there are no more lumps
- Add tomato paste, beef stock, carrots or parsnips, potatoes, Worcestershire sauce, celery, bay leaves and thyme, stir to combine
- Return beef and bacon to the pot
- Bring to a boil, then reduce to low, cover and simmer for up to 2 hours, or until sauce has thickened to a loose gravy and vegetables are fork tender
- Taste and add salt and pepper as needed, remove bay leaves and enjoy
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