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Guinness Beef Stew

Guinness Beef Stew

This hearty Guinness Beef Stew is perfect to serve at a St. Patrick's Day get-together or when you're craving some real comfort food for the soul. It's made with tender beef, chunks of potatoes, onions, carrots, and spices all simmered in a rich broth flavored with Guinness beer. It's absolutely delicious! 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef and guinness stew, guiness stew recipe, Guinness Beef Stew
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 493kcal


  • 2-3 pounds chuck roast cut into 1 1/2 - 2 inch chunks
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper divided
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 medium onions chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 14.9-ounce can of Guinness stout beer
  • 1 6-ounce can of tomato paste
  • 4-5 Yukon gold potatoes cut into chunks
  • 3-4 large carrots peeled and cut into chunks
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 bay leave


  • Place the cut-up chuck roast into a medium glass bowl and sprinkle it with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Add the flour and mix together until the beef is coated with flour.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a 5 1/2 - 6 quart soup pot or dutch oven. Add the beef to the pot in batches and brown on both sides. Place the cooked beef on a plate and set it aside.
  • In the same pot, heat another tablespoon of olive oil and cook the onions until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Into the onions, add in the garlic and thyme, and cook for another 2 minutes or until the garlic is fragrant.
  • Into the pot, with the garlic, onions, and spices, pour in the entire can of Guinness, bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Cook for about 3-4 minutes. While the Guinness is simmering scrape up the brown bits on the bottom of the pot.
  • Stir in the tomato paste.
  • Add in the potatoes, carrots, beef, beef broth, and bay leaf.
  • Cook uncovered for 2 hours, stirring every half hour or so.
  • Cover the stew and cook for another hour.
  • Stir in 1 teaspoon of salt and pepper.
  • Serve hot.



How to Cook Guinness Beef Stew in The Crockpot

To make the stew in the crockpot first you’re going to brown the meat in a large 5 1/2 – 6 quart pot. After the beef is browned place the meat in the crockpot. Then cook the onions and garlic in the same pot and deglaze with Guinness and add in the tomato paste. Cook the alcohol down and then add it to the crockpot with the meat and the rest of the ingredients. You’ll want to reduce the beef broth by one 1 cup when making in the slow cooker.
I know it’s annoying to take extra cooking steps prior to cooking it in the slow cooker, but for recipes like this, I think it’s 100% worth it to make the extra effort.
Cook on high for 6 hours or on low for 8-10 hours. I usually prefer a high-temperature setting which results in less time. If the stew isn’t thick enough then stir in a quick slurry (2 tablespoons flour and 1/3 cup water) and let it cook uncovered for another 1/2 hour.
Voila! You have this thick, silky, delicious Guinness Beef Stew.
One cooking tip I’ve learned over the years is to salt at the end, especially when you’re cooking a dish for 3-4 hours. After this has cooked, I stirred in 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. This made all of the flavors explode!


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 493kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11g