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How about some Guinness Stew to go with that Stout

Updated on November 20, 2014

Best Guinness Stew Recipe

It's hard to imagine that any true Irishman would pour good Guinness into a stew rather than down their throat.

However adding guinness to Irish cooking is quite common. The Guinness lends a rich and robust flavor to many great foods. Guinness Stew is simply delicious. Now a traditional Irish stew would most likely contain lamb. I am more of a beef stew type person myself, so recipe is for a Beef Guinness Stew. If you are interested in a Lamb Stew recipe then you will want to visit my Traditional Irish Food lens.

Throughout the years we have served Guinness Stew in our restaurants for St. Patrick's Day. We have modified our recipe so many times to create what we think is the best one out there. I have also included a crock-pot version since some of us are really busy. Did I mention how easy it is to make Guinness Stew

So if you are in a conundrum this St Patty's day, why not give Guinness Stew a try. And if any of your friends question its Irish roots. Just tell them, the special ingredient is Guinness, and It just doesn't get anymore Irish than that.

Photo Credit: Courier Journal

Guinness Stew
Guinness Stew

Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Hot Plate

Guinness Stew
Guinness Stew

The special ingredient of Guinness Stout makes this stew, oh so good. I trust you know what beer pairs well with this stew. Yep, that's right... it's Guinness, of course.

  • Prep time: 30 min
  • Cook time: 1 hour 30 min
  • Ready in: 2 hours
  • Yields: 8 to 10


  • 3 pounds stew meat (I use a chuck roast which is great for stews)
  • 2 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 1 cup of flour for dredging
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 2 cups chopped sweet onions
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon fresh nutmeg
  • 3 large cans of stewed tomatoes
  • 1 bottle of Guinness Stout
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
  • ¼ cup flat leaf parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup Bittersweet chocolate chips


  1. Place the cubed stew meat in a large bowl, and season with salt and pepper. Dredge the seasoned meat in the flour. Place a Dutch oven, or stainless steel pot on medium-high heat with a few tablespoons of the vegetable oil. When the oil comes to temperature, add the stew meat and cook until it is browned on all sides. Add the chopped garlic, and cook for one to two minutes until it becomes slightly brown. Add the chopped carrots, celery, sweet onions, chocolate chips and fresh ground nutmeg. Cook for an additional five minutes.
  2. De-glaze the pot with the beef stock; stir, making sure to get all of the flavor bits off the bottom of the pan. Add the three cans of stewed tomatoes, and the Guinness beer. Cover, and let cook on low for two hours, or until the meat becomes tender.
  3. Uncover the pot, and cook for an additional 20 minutes. Add the heavy cream, and cook for 15 minutes.
  4. Before serving, stir in the fresh thyme, parsley, and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
  5. The stew may be served with mashed, roasted, or boiled new potatoes. Enjoy!Photo Credit: Irish American Mom
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Guinness Stew
Guinness Stew
Guinness Stew in a Crockpot
Guinness Stew in a Crockpot
  • Prep time: 30 min
  • Cook time: 8 hours
  • Ready in: 8 hours 30 min
  • Yields: 8 to 10

Guinness Stew in the Crock Pot

  • 3 lb Chuck Roast (well trimmed and cut into one inch cubes)
  • 1 cup Flour (to dredge beef in)
  • Salt and pepper to season flour
  • 2 - 4 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 2 cups Pearl onions
  • 2 teaspoons Minced garlic
  • 2 lb Red potatoes
  • quarter ed
  • 16 oz Baby carrots
  • 1 bottle Guinness stout
  • 3 cups Beef broth
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 tablespoons Red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup Bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Thyme
  • 1 teaspoon fresh nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon Ground cloves
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons Corn Starch for thickening at the end
  • 1/4 cup Beef broth to mix with corn starch


  1. Peel and julienne the parsnips into 2 inch long pieces to match the length of the baby carrots. Add the pearl onions, baby carrots, parsnips, and potato quarters into the bottom of the crock pot.
  2. Season the flour in a flat bowl and dredge the beef chunks.
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the floured beef cubes and brown them on all sides. You may need to complete this in two steps depending on the size of your skillet.
  4. Remove the beef from the pan and add to the crock pot. Add the garlic to the skillet and brown for one minute.
  5. Mix 1 cup of the beef broth with the red wine vinegar and dijon mustard in a small pitcher. Pour into the pan, scraping the bottom to loosen any beef or garlic.
  6. Add the stock from the skillet, the additional beef stock, water and Guinness to the crock pot.
  7. Add the thyme, bay leaves, cloves, brown sugar, nutmeg and chocolate chips to the crock pot. Mix ingredients together.
  8. Place the lid on the crock pot and cook the stew on low for about 12 hours. Try not to lift the lid of the crock pot too often during cooking, since this can allow the heat escape and slow down cooking. The stew is done when the vegetables are tender.
  9. Put the corn flour in a small pitcher or bowl and blend with 1/4 cup of cold beef broth, making sure the mixture is smooth. Turn the crock pot to high and add the thickening. Season the stew according to taste at this point. Cook for an additional 20 minutes to allow the stew to thicken. Stir occasionally.
  10. Remove the bay leaves and discard. Serve in a large soup bowl. Photo Credit and Recipe adapted from: Irish American Mom

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White Bone China Square Bowl

Your Guinness Stew will look gorgeous in this white bone chine bowl. The square shape adds a more updated feel to a classic piece.

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Boxty is an Irish Potato Pancake and goes great with Guinness Stew. he most popular type of Boxty consists of finely grated, raw potato and mashed potato with flour, baking soda, buttermilk and sometimes egg. The mixture is fried on a griddle for a few minutes on each side, similar to a normal pancake. Visit My Traditional Irish Foods for a great Boxty recipe.

Irish Soda bread
Irish Soda bread

Irish Soda Bread

A good Guinness Stew definitely needs an Irish Soda Bread. Lucky for you I have a great one which is so easy to make. You can find it on my Traditional Irish Food lens. Two recipes are included, White Irish Soda Bread and a Brown Irish Soda Bread. The Brown is more traditional.






Drum roll please...

Ahhhh! Last but not least, the beer to wash it all down with. Yep that's right, Guinness.

A Guinness would definitely go nicely, but there are so many others which would compliment the rich flavor of a delicious Guinness Stew. Let's just try to keep it irish. Okay. For details on the different types of Irish beers please visit my lens, Best Irish Beer.


How about Dessert

And now for the grand finale... Chocolate Guinness Cake. Yum! Did you know that Guinness has a hint of chocolate in the flavor? So adding it to your chocolate cake will only intensify it to the max. A guinness chocolate cake is easy to make and is oh so tasty. Give it a try to visit my Guinness Cake lens today.

guinness cake
guinness cake

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So what do you think of Guinness Stew? I hope you decide to try some this delicious Stew. It's comfort food at its best. Thanks again for visiting.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      @Elsie Hagley: Thanks so much for the blessing! Have a wonderful day.

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      My style of meal. Love it. Thanks for sharing. Blessed.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Liked and pinned. What a great recipe; I look forward to preparing this.

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      dumpstergourmet 5 years ago

      I LOVE cooking with Guinness, especially for St. Patrick's Day. In the past, we've gathered our friends and done a kind of "Iron Chef" St. Patrick's Day and required that every dish include Guinness - so much fun! Great lens!

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      amoki13 5 years ago

      I love Guinness Stew! Tanks for the great lens!

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      Isabellas-cabin 5 years ago

      I love this stew! I know when I make it I never have anything left over after I make it. I used to use ground beef in it, but the next time I make this I plan on using lamb.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Looks delicious. Guinness Stout is one of my hubby's favs.

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      Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

      As with all the others and I am so going to try the irish soda Bread recipe! What a fabulous page, Blessed by a passing angel!

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      BenJacklin LM 5 years ago

      Looks lovely!

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      JJNW 5 years ago from USA

      A girl after my own heart! ***Blessed by a SquidAngel *** for deliciously wonderful ideas!