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This Beef and Guinness Stew is the most delicious comfort food for cold winter nights, slow cooked for meltingly soft and tender beef and ale flavours.
This traditional Irish stew recipe can be cooked in the slow cooker or oven. It freezes really well and can also be used as the base for a Beef and Guinness Pie too!
This traditional Beef and Guinness Stew is all kinds of hearty goodness. A classic comfort food dish, this rich and deep flavoured one pot recipe is an absolute must for a family feast during those colder months, or something extra special at a weekend.
Let it bubble away as it fills your home with a delicious aroma, which you can then tuck into like it is or turn it into a pie with a pastry topping.
Easy prep, a long, slow cook and big results. Perfect.
Why you’ll love this Irish Stew recipe
⭐️ A one-pot showstopper
⭐️ Healthy, hearty and lip-smackingly good
⭐️ Ideal for batch cooking
What is traditional Beef and Guinness Stew?
Irish-style stew is made really special for two reasons. Firstly, Guinness, obvs. The dark stout bubbles away, giving the sauce a deep, unique richness.
Secondly, using a rich cut of beef like shin really adds to the flavour in my opinion. You don’t need to use beef shin, but it slow cooks down so well – it’s delicious.
In my version of this classic beef and ale casserole, I add pancetta for a smoky flavour and onions, carrots and swede for plenty of veggie goodness.
Brown everything off, add your liquids and plenty of fresh thyme and pop it into the oven for a few hours. Simple and really delicious.
Irish Guinness Beef Stew Ingredients
- Oil – Olive or sunflower is fine
- Beef shin
- Pancetta – I use big chunks from the butcher
- Plain flour
- Tomato purée
- Fresh thyme – Leaves only
- Beef stock – Stock cube is fine
- Salt and pepper
How to make Beef and Guinness Stew
- Fry the beef chunks in batches in hot oil until browned all over, followed by the pancetta.
- Add in the onions, garlic and celery and fry for about 5 minutes until soft, followed by the carrots and swede for a further 5 minutes.
- Add the flour and coat the veggies, cooking for another 5 minutes, then add the Guinness, tomato puree, thyme, beef stock, and salt and pepper. Add the beef back in.
- Pop the lid on and cook in a preheated oven for 2.5-3 hours or until the meat is tender.
- Beef – I use beef shin for this recipe but braising steak will work too. Any cut that can be slow cooked.
- Vegetables – Root veg works well in a slow cooked stew as it tends to stay intact. If you’d like to add other kinds of veggies, it’s probably best to add them in at a later stage in the cooking so they don’t turn to mush.
Leftovers: How to store Guinness Beef Stew
In the fridge You can keep this recipe in the fridge for 3 days. Reheat fully in the microwave, in the oven or on the hob before serving.
In the freezer This dish freezes brilliantly. When it’s cold, I portion it up into takeaway containers (I buy them in bulk from Amazon).
I then defrost and warm through when needed. The sauce will thicken even more on reheating, just add a splash of water if you would like more gravy.
Top tips for making the best Guinness Stew
Which beef to use
Any type of stewing beef cut will work in this stew. If you’re looking for something lean, try chuck steak cubes. If you can get beef shin from your butcher, it adds so much flavour to this dish. It’s worth hunting it out and giving it a try. Just ask them to trim it well.
What to serve with Irish Stew
I’d definitely recommend Colcannon, or a simple creamy mashed potato. It also works really well adding dumplings on top towards the end of cooking (how about horseradish dumplings?)
Turn it into Beef and Ale Pie
This Beef Guinness Stew makes a brilliant filling for a Beef and Ale Pie. Just line a pie dish with ready-made pastry, pop the cold filling on top, add a pastry lid, brush with a beaten egg and bake in a hot oven until golden.
Beef and Ale Stew FAQs
Yes, I have a collection! If it’s a succulent, tender beef dish you’re after, there are different variations of flavours and styles of meals. Try out my:
Beef Stifado (Greek-Style)
Beef Bourgignon (with Red Wine)
Beef Joint (Slow Cooker-Style Roast)
Braised Steak (with Rich Gravy)
Slow Cooker Beef Brisket (with BBQ Sauce)
I have done my homework on one-pan pans because I use them so often and having one that ticks all the boxes is a must for me.
This tried-and-tested pan review reveals my findings, which I hope you’ll find useful!
You could use an ale or other type of beer instead of the Guinness in this recipe, but it really does add a deep, rich and unique flavour.
Don’t worry about using alcoholic drinks for the family, all of the alcohol will burn off during cooking.
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Beef and Guinness Stew
- 2 tbsp Olive oil
- 1.5 kg Beef shin
- 350 g Pancetta, I use big chunks from the butcher.
- 350 g Onions, Peeled and chopped (about x2 onions).
- 4 Cloves of garlic, Peeled and crushed.
- 150 g Celery, Trimmed and chopped into small chunks.
- 500 g Carrots, Peeled and chopped into large chunks.
- 500 g Swede, Peeled and chopped into medium chunks.
- 5 tbsp Plain flour
- 500 ml Guinness
- 140 g Tomato puree
- 30 g Fresh thyme, Leaves only (pick them off of the stalks).
- 750 ml Beef stock, Made with a stock cube is fine.
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 160C.
- Heat half of the olive oil over a high heat and fry the beef pieces in batches until brown all over. Add the rest of the oil when needed.
- Put the beef to one side and add the pancetta chunks to the pan. Fry until golden brown (about 5-10 minutes).
- Add the onions, garlic and celery to the pan. Fry for 5 minutes until starting to soften.
- Add the carrots and swede and cook for a further 5 minutes.
- Add the plain flour and mix to coat all of the vegetables. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring.
- Add the Guinness, tomato puree, thyme, beef stock and plenty of salt and pepper. Add the beef back in and give everything a good stir.
- Pop a lid on and put it into the oven for 2.5-3 hours or until the meat is meltingly soft.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.