Irish Guinness Stew


Irish Guinness stew is a hearty and traditional dish. Its origins can be traced back to the 19th century when Guinness, the iconic Irish stout, became a popular ingredient in Irish cuisine. The stew likely evolved from simple meat and vegetable dishes that were common among the poorer people in Ireland. Irish Guinness stew is not only a delicious comfort food but also a symbol of Irish culinary heritage. It’s often enjoyed on special occasions like St. Patrick’s Day or as a warming meal during the cold winter months.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2.5 lb / 1.25 kg beef chuck, boneless short rib or any other slow cooking beef (no bone)
  • 3/4 tsp each salt and black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 onions, chopped (brown, white or yellow)
  • 6 oz / 180g bacon, speck or pancetta, diced
  • 3 tbsp flour (plain, cornflour for GF)
  • 440ml / 14.9 oz Guinness Beer (Note 1)
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 cups (750 ml) chicken stock/broth (or beef broth – Note 4)
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into 1.25 cm / 1/2″ thick pieces
  • 2 large celery stalks, cut into 2cm / 1″ pieces
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 sprigs thyme (or sub with 1 tsp dried thyme leaves)


  1. Cut the beef into 5cm/2″ chunks. Pat dry then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat oil in a heavy based pot over high heat. Add beef in batches and brown well all over. Remove onto plate. Repeat with remaining beef.
  3. Lower heat to medium. If the pot is looking dry, add oil.
  4. Cook garlic and onion for 3 minutes until softening, then add bacon.
  5. Cook until bacon is browned, then stir through carrot and celery.
  6. Add flour and stir for 1 minute to cook off the flour.
  7. Add Guinness, chicken broth/stock and tomato paste. Mix well (to ensure flour dissolves well), add bay leaves and thyme.
  8. Return beef into the pot (including any juices). Liquid level should just cover – see video or photos.
  9. Cover, lower heat so it is bubbling gently. Cook for 2 hours – the beef should be tender by now. Remove lid then simmer for a further 30 – 45 minutes or until the beef falls apart at a touch, the sauce has reduced and thickened slightly.
  10. Skim off fat on the surface, if desired. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Remove bay leaves and thyme.
  11. Serve with creamy mashed potatoes!!


Trim off excess fat to reduce consumption of saturated fats for CHD diets.

Replace butter with vegetable oils to increase polyunsaturated fats.

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