This Beef Guinness Stew is the most delicious, comfort food for cold winter nights. Slow cooked for meltingly soft and delicious beef and ale flavours. This traditional Irish stew recipe can be cooked in the crock pot or oven. It freezes really well and can also be used as the base for a beef and Guinness pie.
We’ve almost made it through cold grey February! Whoop whoop. Is spring on the other side of this week I wonder? I do hope so.
School run mum life brings a whole new feel to cold mornings. OMG. The school run in the snow. WHAT THE WHAT? It’s a flipping’ trial, sliding up the pavements clinging on to my two little pals whilst holding bags and trying not to fall on my face.
I’ve been trying to ease the pain of the freezing afternoon walk by having something bubbling away in the oven or on the hob to welcome us home. This Beef Guinness Stew is the perfect winter warmer to do just that.
This Irish style stew is made really special for two reasons, firstly Guinness, obvs. The dark stout bubbles away giving the sauce a deep 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 smokey flavour and onions, carrots and swede for plenty of veggie goodness.
Brown everything off, add your liquids and plenty of thyme and pop it into the oven for a few hours. Simple and really delicious.
What type of beef is needed for beef stew?
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.
Can I use beer to cook this beef stew?
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 flavour. Don’t worry about using alcoholic drinks for the family, all of the alcohol will burn off during cooking.
What to serve with Beef Guinness Stew?
I often serve Beef Guinness Stew with champ (mashed potatoes with spring onions/scallions and butter). It also works really well adding dumplings on top towards the end of cooking (how about horseradish dumplings?)
How do I make a Beef and Guinness 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.
Can I freeze Beef Guinness Stew?
Yes. This dish freezes brilliantly. When it’s cold, I portion it up into takeaway containers (I buy them in bulk from Amazon, about £8 for 50).
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.
Fancy some other slow cooked beef recipes…?
- Beef Stifado
- Easy Chilli Con Carne (made with beef steak)?
- Beef Bourguignon
- Slow Cooker Beef Joint (easy pot roast recipe!)
Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. I’d love to know how you got on and what you thought of it if you make this Beef Guinness Stew recipe. Please rate the recipe and leave me a comment below if you do.
Also, if you fancy showing me a photo by tagging me on Instagram (@tamingtwins) I LOVE to see your creations.
How to make the Beef Guinness Stew recipe:
Beef 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 2 onions)
- 4 Cloves 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 cube is fine
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 160C.
- Heat half of the olive oil over a high heat, 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.
Hi Sarah, I went with my family to a local Irish pub (the mid-Atlantic coast of the U.S.) last spring and loved their authentic Guinness stew. Now that the evenings are beginning to cool down, I’ve started on a quest to find a real, honest-to-goodness recipe. I had to look up what swedes are, lol but we have them here too – rutabagas! I can’t wait to try this, thank you for posting it.
Sarah Barnes says
Ahh, let me know how it compares! Hope you like it Greg.
Emma Butler says
I’ve made this stew twice now as it’s perfect to cook the night before a busy evening when all the family are at work, netball,football etc. It definitely gains flavour overnight. Just come home, grab a bowl and help yourself. Reheats lovely and serve with green veg and bread.
Dave Parkinson says
going to try it myself lived in Ireland Wexford for 5 years have it then so ile try cook it myself
Rich tasty stew, and easy to make with not too many ingredients.
My Dad was from Spiddal, Co. Galway, but I can honestly say I have never tried a stew with Guinness added. Now I make it all the time…. Yummy.
Thank you so much for this recipe. The Guinness made a deliciously rich sauce and the additional veggies added flavour and texture.
I agree with others that the casserole is even better the day after.
This will become a new family favourite.
Mary Hennebry says
I have lived in Cork all my life. Yesterday my husband brought shin beef From supermarket. I was browsing Pinterest when I come across your recipe. It is almost identical to what I always do so will be doing it for tomorrow. Icon Cork we are very parochial so we use Beamish or Murphy’s Stout.
Tried your recipe with 0% Guinness and it worked really well. Delicious 😀
WOW. This is the BEST Irish stew I have ever tasted; and my mother is Irish! My butcher didn’t have beef shin left so I used beef cheek. I browned everything off as per the recipe instructions but then threw it in my slow cooker instead of the oven. The meat was melting. Totally divine. Thank you Sarah! This recipe is a game changer!