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Authentic Guinness Beef Stew Recipe

When it comes to comfort food nothing can beat Guinness Beef Stew. This amazingly flavorful and rich stew is an Irish classic that your family will love.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Irish
Servings: 6
Calories: 619kcal


  • 2 tbsp olive oil more if needed
  • lb beef chuck cut into 1½ - 2 inch cubes
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups pearl onions or any onion roughly chopped
  • 2 cups mushrooms thick slice
  • 6 oz bacon sliced in small strips
  • 1 cup carrots peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup celery rough cut
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 14.9 oz Guinness Beer
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 2 cups baby potatoes cut in half. (can sub any type of potato)
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • ¾ tsp sea salt (to taste)
  • ½ tsp black pepper (to taste)


  • Cut the beef into 1 ½ -2" chunks. Pat dry then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Heat oil in a heavy-based wide pot over high heat (I used my All-Clad 6 qt 5 ply pot). Add beef and brown the pieces well on all sides. Remove and place on a plate until needed.
  • Lower the heat to medium. If needed add additional oil.
  • Add garlic, onions and mushrooms and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add Bacon and continue to cook until the bacon is browned (about 5 minutes)
  • Add carrots and celery and continue to cook for 3-5 minutes.
  • Add flour to the pan and mix in well. Allow the mixture to cook for 2-3 minutes to get the raw taste out of the flour.
  • Add Guinness to deglaze the pan and get all the bits off the pan into the sauce. Then add the beef stock and tomato paste. Mix well.
  • Add the browned beef into the pot (including any juices) along with the potatoes and thyme.
  • Cover, lower heat so it is bubbling gently. Let the stew cook covered for 2 hours. At this point the beef should be pretty tender. Remove lid and let the stew continue to simmer for an additional 1-2 hours. The sauce will have reduced and be amazingly flavorful.
  • Skim off any fat that may be on the surface of the stew. Adjust seasonings to taste with sea salt and pepper. Remove thyme and serve.



Calories: 619kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 981mg | Potassium: 1344mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 5317IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 6mg