Tender bites of beef nestled in a savory Guinness Stout broth with onions, potatoes and carrots. Not only is it hearty, filling and delicious, but it can be made on the stove in one big stock pot, or in the slow cooker.
Back in the day, traditional Irish stew, or "Stobhach," was made with mutton, onions, potatoes and water. Beef was not an ingredient in this working man's dish because it was expensive and consumed exclusively by the upper classes.
Here's what you'll need:
Beef, onions, potatoes, celery and carrots...the inclusion of carrots in a so-called Irish stew is quite controversial, but they are included in this recipe to provide additional nutrients and color.
How to make it:
What Cut of Meat Do I 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.
Can I make this in a slow cooker?
Yes, 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.
Can I make it without beer?
The Guinness Stout lager (which consists of barley, roasted malt extract and hops) is what truly makes the seasoning so spectacular ; however, 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.
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