Tender bites of beef nestled in a savory Guinness Stout broth with onions, potatoes and carrots.
Not only is this Irish beef stew hearty, filling and delicious, but it can be made on the stove in one big stock pot, or in the slow cooker.
Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day, but did you know, back in the day, traditional Irish stew, or "Stobhach," was made with mutton, onions, potatoes and water and served weekly?
Beef was not an ingredient in this working man's dish because it was expensive and consumed exclusively by the upper classes.
This recipe is a spin-off of traditional American beef stew and Irish beef stew...two great dishes perfect for any cold night and especially for St. Patrick's Day!
Here's what you'll need:
The ingredients are pretty simple: beef, bacon, onions, potatoes, celery, carrots, tomato paste, beef stock, Guinness Stout lager and a few bay leaves.
The inclusion of carrots in a so-called Irish beef stew is quite controversial, but they are included in this recipe to provide additional nutrients and color.
How to make it:
Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day and this Irish beef stew recipe is The Lucky Charm! Make a big bowl and serve it with authentic Irish soda bread!
What cut of meat to use:
It is not necessary to use more expensive, tender cuts such as sirloin. This recipe calls for cubed chuck roast; however, you can substitute round or top steak because the meat becomes very tender during the cooking process.
How to make in slow cooker:
If you want to make Irish-American Guinness beef stew in a slow-cooker, simply cook the bacon and sear the beef first, then put everything else into the crock pot. You may need to add a little more water or beef stock. Cook on low 5-6 hours.
Substitute for Guinness Stout lager?
The Guinness Stout lager (which consists of barley, roasted malt extract and hops) is what truly makes the seasoning so spectacular.
If you cannot use Guinness, try a very strong beef stock or add a bit of espresso to the stew.
Keep in mind that boiling does not cook off all of the alcohol; about 2% remains, so if you're cooking for someone who is intolerant of alcohol, use a cup of espresso, strong beef stock or mushroom broth.
Reheating and storage:
The best way to reheat this hearty dish is on the stove top. You may need to add a little water, as the beef broth thickens upon refrigeration.
Store in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months in an air-tight container.
Irish American Guinness Beef Stew is a meal in itself, however, if you want to offer side dishes, try a side of braised cabbage, a crisp green salad or collard greens.
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Irish-American Guinness Stew
- 2 lb. chuck roast cubed
- 6 slices pepper bacon (or regular bacon), cubed
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 6 large yukon gold potatoes cubed
- 1 large onion diced
- 4 large carrots sliced
- 2 stalks celery chopped
- ¼ cup tomato paste
- 3 cups beef stock
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon ground thyme
- 16 oz. Guinness Stout beer
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3 bay leaves
- In a large stockpot, add oil; bring to medium heat and add bacon; cook bacon until it is somewhat crisp; use a slotted spoon, remove bacon bits and place on paper towel
- Working in batches, add cubed beef to the stockpot; brown meat on all sides; remove beef from stockpot and set aside
- Deglaze the stockpot: Pour Guinness Stout beef into the stockpot; bring heat to high and use a wooden spoon to scrape any remnants from the bottom of the pan
- Add onions, carrots and celery to stockpot; allow to cook for 3 minutes
- Add seared beef, cooked bacon, beef broth, tomato paste, potatoes, thyme, Worcestershire sauce and bay leaves to the stockpot; cover and allow to simmer for 50 minutes; check the liquid level frequently; if the liquid begins to absorb, add more beef stock or water
- If you want to make this delicious Irish-American stew in a crockpot, just brown the beef on the stove top first, then add all the ingredients to the slow cooker. Make sure the liquid covers the meat and vegetables, and cook on low 5-7 hours.
- If you want a thicker stew, make a slurry of 2 tablespoons flour in one cup of warm water; mix together and add to stew