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Beef & Guinness Stew Recipe

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Beef stew
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The Guinness stout beer not only helps tenderize the beef, it also gives a rich malty flavor to this chunky stew. It is also flavored with onions, carrots, garlic, and thyme. The stew may be made on the stove-top or oven. It's not traditional, but I like to add sweet peas to the stew for color and pop.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 6 to 8 servings


  • 2 pounds lean stewing beef
  • 3 Tablespoons oil
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper and a pinch of cayenne
  • 2 large onions, coarsely chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato puree, dissolved in 4 tablespoons water
  • 1-1/4 cups Guinness stout beer
  • 2 cups carrots, cut into chunks
  • Sprig of thyme


Trim the beef of any fat or gristle, cut into cubes of 2 inches (5cm) and toss them in a bowl with 1 tablespoon oil. Season the flour with salt, freshly ground pepper and a pinch or two of cayenne. Toss the meat in the mixture.

Heat the remaining oil in a wide frying pan over a high heat. Brown the meat on all sides. Add the onions, crushed garlic, and tomato puree to the pan, cover and cook gently for about 5 minutes.

Transfer the contents of the pan to a casserole, and pour some of the Guinness beer into the frying pan. Bring to a boil and stir to dissolve the caramelized meat juices on the pan.

Pour onto the meat with the remaining Guinness; add the carrots and the thyme. Stir, taste, and add a little more salt if necessary.

Cover with the lid of the casserole and simmer very gently until the meat is tender -- 2 to 3 hours. The stew may be cooked on top of the stove or in a low oven at 300 degrees F. Taste and correct the seasoning. Scatter with lots of chopped parsley.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Recipe Source: The Complete Book of Irish Country Cooking by Darina Allen (Penguin USA)
Reprinted with permission.

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 5 out of 5
Best Stew Recipe EVER, Member pinkicker

When I was in Ireland, I visited Guinness' St. James Storehouse in Dublin and had dinner in their restaurant. That was the first time I had Guinness Stew. W.O.W! One evening last winter we had several of the neighbors over for dinner, and I decided to cook Guinness Stew and found this recipe. I'm no Julia Child, so for me to attempt a recipe for the first time (FOR GUESTS, no less) is flirting with disaster. BUT - this recipe is so easy, and virtually goes on auto-pilot when you cook it in the oven. MAJOR SUCCESS! Almost a year later our neighbors are still raving about it, and this weekend, I'm cooking it for guests again. The ultimate Irish comfort food! Prepare, put it in the oven, then pour a pint, sit back and enjoy! It's really great served with stiff mashed potatoes and mushy peas (an English/Irish side dish that rocks!)

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