Easy Irish Beef Stew Recipe

This easy Irish beef stew recipe is absolutely amazing. It is beyond just a beef broth soup, but a thick gravy Guinness stew. 

If you’re looking for one of the best beef stew recipes with rich flavor with tender beef than this traditional Irish stew. A hearty stew for a St. Patrick’s hearty meal.

Easy Irish Beef Stew Recipe - A steaming bowl of hearty Irish Beef Stew with a baguette
It’s St. Patrick’s Day any day of the year with this hearty Irish Beef Stew that always hits the spot!

Easy Irish Beef Stew Recipe

Looking for something delicious to make for St. Patrick’s Day that isn’t corned beef and cabbage? Try this delicious and easy Irish beef stew recipe! 

Whether you are looking for a festive St. Patrick’s Day dish, or want a comfort food dish any night of the year, this hearty, gamey stew hits the spot every time! You can’t go wrong with the secret ingredient is Guinness!

How Do I make This Easy Irish Beef Stew Recipe?

Any type of stew recipe is my favorite because not only is it super easy, but the house smells so lovely while it cooks! It reminds me of being a kid in grandma’s kitchen! 

This Irish Beef Stew Recipe

  • Serves: 4-6
  • Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
Easy Irish Beef Stew - Ingredients
You can tailor the ingredients listed to fit what you have in your fridge and pantry!

Ingredients Needed For This Delicious Irish Beef Stew Recipe

  • 1 ½-2 ½ pounds stew meat
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup yellow onion
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 (11.2 oz) bottle Guinness
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 cups beef stock 
  • 3 carrots or parsnips, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 3 cups potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How To Make This Yummy  Irish Beef Stew Recipe

Step 1

In a dutch oven cook bacon over a medium high heat until desired crispness, remove and set aside

Easy Irish Beef Stew - Step Seasoning The Beef
It isn’t Irish beef stew without the beef! Season it with what is listed, or use your favorite seasonings, instead!

Step 2

Season beef with salt and pepper

Easy Irish Beef Stew - Step Brown The Beef
Brown beef completely before continuing to make you Irish beef stew.

Step 3 

Add olive oil to dutch oven and brown the beef, remove and set aside.

Easy Irish Beef Stew Recipe - Step Cook onions
Kids have fun with watching for the onions to be done! Space them a safe distance from the stove and they can tell you once the onions are translucent!

Step 4

Add butter and onions, cook until onions are soft and translucent, 2-3 minutes.

Easy Irish Beef Stew Recipe  - Step make a roux
Making a roux sounds a lot more fancy and complicated than it is! It’s basically flour and butter or oil!

Step 5

Add in flour and whisk to make a roux, cook for 1 minute.

Easy Irish Beef Stew Recipe - Step add Guinness!
Arguably the best part of this Irish beef stew recipe is the Guinness, ha!

Step 6

Pour in Guinness and whisk until there are no more lumps.

Easy Irish Beef Stew Recipe - Step Add carrots, parsnips, and more veggies
You can switch this part of the Irish beef stew recipe up, and add whatever veggies you prefer!

Step 7

Add tomato paste, beef stock, carrots or parsnips, Worcestershire sauce, celery, bay leaves and thyme, stir to combine.

Easy Irish Beef Stew Recipe - Step Add chicken stock

Step 8

Return beef, potatoes and bacon to the pot.

Easy Irish Beef Stew Recipe - Step return beef and potatoes to pot

Step 9

Bring to a boil, then reduce to low, cover and simmer for up to 2 hours, or until sauce has thickened to a loose gravy and vegetables are fork tender.

Easy Irish Beef Stew Recipe - Step give it a final stir and add salt and petter to taste
Season to taste, and then serve your Irish beef stew while it is still warm!

Step 10

Taste and add salt and pepper as needed, remove bay leaves and enjoy.

Notes:

You may use chicken broth in place of beef. The chicken broth will mask the taste of the Guinness more.

Don’t like the flavor Guinness brings? You can use red wine to bring up the flavors from all the yummy stuff at the bottom of the pot. If you use wine, I’d also add a bay leaf.

Store out of beef stew meat? Cut up some chuck roast and make your own! Brown it the same and then use Guinness or any stout beer to get the yummy flavorful stuff from the bottom of the pan.

Easy Irish Beef Stew - Step serve warm and enjoy!
Search for a yummy gluten free beer to replace the Guinness with for your gluten free Irish beef stew.

Related: This stew would go so well with this Easy Traditional Irish Soda Bread Recipe 

Is Irish Beef Stew Gluten Free? 

You have to use a gluten free beer, in order to make this Irish beef stew recipe gluten free. 

Also, use a gluten free all-purpose flour. 

Check your labels on the Worcestershire sauce that you use. There are some gluten free brands, but not all are free of gluten–so be careful!

I would also check the ingredients on the beef stock, as well as all other processed ingredients. 

Yield: Serves 4-6

Easy Irish Beef Stew Recipe

Easy Irish Beef Stew Recipe - Step give it a final stir and add salt and petter to taste

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a delicious and easy Irish beef stew! Shhh...the secret ingredient is Guinness!

Prep Time 10 minutes 5 seconds
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes 5 seconds

Ingredients

  • 1 ½-2 ½ pounds stew meat
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup yellow onion
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 (11.2 oz) bottle Guinness
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 3 carrots or parsnips, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery. chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 3 cups potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

    1. In a dutch oven cook bacon over a medium high heat until desired crispness, remove and set aside.
    2. Season beef with salt and pepper.
    3. Add olive oil to dutch oven and brown the beef, remove and set aside.
    4. Add butter and onions, cook until onions are soft and translucent, 2-3 minutes.
    5. Add in flour and whisk to make a roux, cook for 1 minute.
    6. Pour in Guinness and whisk until there are no more lumps.
    7. Add tomato paste, beef stock, carrots or parsnips, Worcestershire sauce, celery, bay leaves and thyme, stir to combine.
    8. Return beef, potatoes and bacon to the pot.
    9. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low, cover and simmer for up to 2 hours, or until sauce has thickened to a loose gravy and vegetables are fork tender.
    10. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed, remove bay leaves and enjoy.

Notes

You may use chicken broth in place of beef. The chicken broth will mask the taste of the Guinness more.

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