Guinness Beef Stew

Guinness Beef Stew

A little touch of the Irish makes this stew something to remember

Today Lets just have a little fun with Guinness Beef Stew made in a crock-pot. It’s not exactly what you will find in diet books. If you do not go overboard (like buy a six pack of Guinness and drink the 5 your don’t use in the recipe) you should still maintain your weight loss program.


2 lbs. new red potatoes, scrubbed and cut in half
4 carrots, peeled and chopped coarse
2 celery stalks, chopped coarse
2 bay leaves
3 lbs stew beef, cubed (You can make this with lamb but that can be costly)
1/2 cup flour, seasoned with salt and fresh ground black pepper
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups beef broth
8 oz. fresh whole mushrooms, cut in half
2 cups of tomato sauce
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried marjoram
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp sea salt
12 oz. Guinness Stout Beer (or other very dark beer)

Put the potatoes, carrots, celery, and bay leaves in the crock-pot.
Put the stew beef in a paper bag and add the flour that has been seasoned with salt and pepper; shake the bag to coat the beef.
In a large skillet, add the olive oil, heat over medium-high heat, and brown the coated beef stew meat in the skillet, removing as it cooks, and set aside.  (Do this in batches so you don’t overcrowd the skillet.)
When beef is all browned, add onion and garlic to the same skillet and cook for 1 minute, then pour in the beef broth and let cook for 1 more minute, scraping the browned bits off the bottom of the skillet.
Now put the browned beef in the crock-pot, along with the onion/garlic/broth mixture from the skillet.  Add the mushrooms, tomato sauce, and all seasonings, stir gently.
Pour in the Guiness, then cover the crock-pot, set heat to LOW, and cook for 7 to 8 hours.
Serve your Guinness Beef Stew in large bowls with crusty bread, and perhaps a glass of red wine.

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8 Responses to Guinness Beef Stew

  1. Oh wow, it’s freezing here in Blighty today, I could really do with a massive crockpot of this for when I get home tonight. It looks delicious indeed. I also make a version with real ale.
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    • Chef William says:

      We’ve been in the freeze for a couple of weeks now, so stews and hearty soups are on the menu. We are expecting what we call a Canadian Clipper to descend on us later today, that’s when a snow storm comes sweeping though and drops a lot of snow in a short period of time. Canada has given us one every other day for the past week. Today’s will bring 3 to 5 inches. It’s a stew day for sure.
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  2. Amy

    I was just looking for a good crock-pot stew recipe for this weekend, as it will be a busy one and I need to delegate dinner (to the crock-pot). This looks like a really tasty stew, but if I don’t have a Guinness, would another beer do?
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    • Chef William says:

      A darker stronger beer, actually perhaps a Wheat Beer might work well, although I have not wheat beer……yet,
      but stew is on line for cold weather and we are expecting another Canadian Clipper to descend on us later today.
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  3. Toni Nelson

    I’ll have to try this recipe minus the mushrooms.
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    • Chef William says:

      Yap, not everyone likes mushrooms it seems but everyone does like a good hearty stew. This is
      great when you don’t have time to be cooking later in the day.
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  4. Darn. I use a crock pot, expecting to dump everything in and do no pre-prep, other than cutting veggies or some such. But, I’ll persevere and try this. It sounds grand- and my trick will be to buy a single pint (thank heaven for 7-11), avoiding that 6-pack or even the bulk carton.
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    • Chef William says:

      Great Idea Roy, I never thought of walking into a 7-11 and saying “I think I’ll have a pint of stout”,it does come in a 4 pack but why buy more that you can use. The bulk carton would require a party, then you would need a bigger crockpot.
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