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Irish Guinness stew made with beef or lamb. | ethnicspoon.com
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Guinness Beef Stew Recipe

Hearty and delicious Irish beef stew with Guinness stout will warm you up on a cold winter night.  This is one of my favorite dishes to serve for Saint Patrick's Day.  This is very easy to make in your Dutch oven. 

Course Main dish
Cuisine Irish
Keyword beef stew, Saint Patrick's Day food, slow cook
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings: Change to adjust-> 6 servings
Calories 576 kcal


  • 1 ½ lbs. beef stew meat cut into 1" cubes
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 14.5 oz. Guinness paleo diet: beef stock
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 4 carrots peeled and sliced thin
  • 8 potatoes small baby potatoes, cut in ½ or small cubed pieces, paleo diet: use another root vegetable
  • 1 onion large, sliced thin
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 stalk celery minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp Kosher salt paleo diet: sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp flour paleo diet: cornstarch, reduce amount by half
  • ½ Tbsp thyme dried
  • ¼ tsp. caraway ground


  1. In a Dutch oven, on medium heat, sauté onions, garlic and celery in 2 tablespoons of olive oil until onions are translucent. Add the beef and sprinkle with flour.
  2. Add Kosher salt, thyme and caraway. Stir for about 3 minutes. Add the Guinness and bring to a boil. Allow to boil for about 2 minutes. Add beef broth, bay leaves and brown sugar. Turn heat down to medium low.
  3. Cover and cook for 1 ½ hours.
  4. In a non-stick skillet, using the remaining tablespoon of olive oil sauté potatoes and carrots, until potatoes are golden brown. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  5. After the stew has cooked for 1 hour, place potatoes and carrots in the stew pot and finish cooking.  Simmer until the potatoes are just tender and then the stew is done. 

  6. Serve with plenty of Irish soda bread.

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Recipe Notes

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How long can I save the stew? Completely cool the stew and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in an airtight container.
  • Can I freeze this stew? No, since this soup contains whole pieces of potato they will get very mushy once thawed. If you want to remove the potatoes and freeze without them you can store in airtight containers for up to one month. For single servings, freeze portions in a muffin tin and pop out the frozen rounds and store in freezer bags. You can add in some cooked potato chunks after the stew is reheated.
Nutrition Facts
Guinness Beef Stew Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 576 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 80mg27%
Sodium 868mg38%
Potassium 1648mg47%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 6850IU137%
Vitamin C 36.2mg44%
Calcium 128mg13%
Iron 11.9mg66%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.