Guinness Beef Stew

overhead shot of dipping bread in bowl of stew

This Guinness Beef Stew is ultra delicious! Hearty, filled with vegetables and an incredibly savory broth, you will definitely be going back for seconds! 

Y’all. This stew. Is SO GOOD! I’m pretty sure I say that about all of my recipes – but there is just something particularly extra delicious and cozy about a giant bowl of stew. 

It’s so balanced, right?! You have the tender beef, the melt in your mouth veggies and of course the delicious broth that you could probably just drink with a straw and combined all together – it just warms my heart. 

Since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, I figured it would be so fun to create this fun holiday recipe. It’s not a traditional Irish Stew, my friend Stephanie has one of those on her site that you can find HERE. But this stew is made with a traditional Irish beverage – Guinness beer! 

I do have a delicious recipe for Instant Pot Guinness Braised Short Ribs on my site but if you don’t have an Instant Pot or want something a little more hearty, you should definitely try this dish out. 

Why You’ll Love this Stew: 

This stew is incredibly savory. It’s rich and deep in flavor resulting from the meat and of course, the incredibly delicious Guinness stout. 

The alcohol does, of course, cook out, but there is still that flavor that remains – almost a bitterness that is soon balanced out by the sweetness of the carrots, the delicious yellow potatoes and the savory meat. 

I love how the vegetables are cooked down to be so tender they literally almost melt in your mouth. 

side view of bowl of stew with glass of guinness in the background

Same with the beef – it gets super tender! 

I love how simple it is – you just put it into a large pot or dutch oven and let it cook on the stove! Do whatever you want to in the meantime! 

I love grabbing a huge bowl of it and dunking bread in it! When that ultra delicious bread soaks up some of the flavor from the broth….oh my word! Talk about the perfect bite! 

Okay, enough of me making your mouth water. Let’s get into what you need to make it! 

Ingredients You Need: 

  • Olive or avocado oil 
  • Beef stew meat 
  • Salt 
  • Beef broth 
  • Guinness Stout Beer
  • Yellow potatoes 
  • Carrots 
  • Garlic 
  • Yellow Onion 
  • Flour 
  • Fresh thyme

Best Stew Making Tips: 

First, as early as you can when making this recipe, I recommend taking the beef out of the fridge and SALTING IT. It can be as easy as salting it in the package. I recommend rubbing the salt into the beef to make sure it can absorb it. Set that aside for now!

ladle of beef stew in the dutch oven

Next, I’ve always found it best to begin by chopping up everything you need! 

Go ahead and chop the carrots and potatoes into bite size pieces (not too big, not too little). Mince the garlic. Dice the onion as well. Set these all aside. 

Grab a large pot (I used my dutch oven) and then place it on medium heat on the stove. Add in a couple tablespoons of oil and let it heat up. 

You might want to do this next part in two separate parts so as to not fill up your pan. 

Once the pot is hot, add in just enough stew meat to fill up just the bottom of the pan. Let it cook on every side until each side is seared – I would recommend about 45-60 per side. Set a timer if desired! Once each batch is done, remove from the pot and place it on a plate and set it aside.

Repeat until all of the beef stew meat is seared. 

This is going to add INCREDIBLE flavor to the stew. 

overhead shot of beef stew with bread, butter, and glass of guinness in shot

Next, if needed, add in another tablespoon of oil to the pot. Add in the yellow onions and a large pinch of salt. Stir these around and let them cook for a few minutes. Add in the garlic next and let it cook for 1 minute or so. Next, add in the all purpose flour and stir it in to coat the veggies. Let that cook for 1 minute. 

And then to help deglaze and get all of that delicious meaty flavor from the bottom of the pot, add in the beef broth. Make sure to be using a wooden spoon to be able to scrape the pan to really get all of the good good flavor!

Add in the yellow potatoes, carrots and the beef stew meat and gently stir it in. If desired throw in some thyme sprigs for flavor. And lastly, add in the Guinness and stir. 

close up of dipping irish soda bread in bowl of stew

Let this come to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium/low to let it simmer. Cover it and let it be/cook for about 1 and ½ to 2 hours. Check it out at 1 and 1/2 hours and if needs more time, keep cooking! You can of course, check on it and stir it occasionally! 

Once it’s done, the veggies and meat should be tender. Remove the fresh thyme sprigs and ladle into large bowls. Serve with warm bread and enjoy! 

What to Pair it With: 

You must try it with my Garlic Cheddar Irish Soda Bread! It’s so delicious and perfect for this meal! 

Or, if you want something else delicious – try out my Cheesy Garlic Biscuits

Both are great choices 🙂

I hope y’all enjoy this! Xo – Haylie 

Did you enjoy this recipe? Here are some others you might like: 

Spicy Shredded Beef Nachos 

Easy Homemade Chili

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Guinness Beef Stew

This Guinness Beef Stew is ultra delicious! Hearty, filled with vegetables and an incredibly savory broth, you will definitely be going back for seconds! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beef stew, beef stew recipe, guinness beef stew, homemade beef stew
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 4 people
Author Haylie


  • 1 and 1/2 pounds beef stew meat 
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 4 cups beef broth 
  • 1 and 1/2 cup Guinness beer 
  • 4 medium/large yellow potatoes, diced into bite size pieces 
  • 4 large carrots, diced into bite size pieces 
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced 
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced 
  • 1/4 cup AP flour 
  • fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  1. As soon as you can, take the beef stew meat out of the fridge and then rub the beef stew meat with the 1 tsp salt. It can be as easy as rubbing it on the meat in the package! Set aside for now.

  2. Next, dice the carrots and potatoes into bite size pieces. Dice the onion. Mince the garlic. Set these aside. 

  3. In a large pot or dutch oven, heat 2 tbsp of olive oil over medium heat. Once it is hot, add beef to just cover the bottom of the pan. Begin searing each side of the beef stew meat until brown - about 60 seconds per side. Once it’s done, flip it and continue searing until all sides are seared. Once seared, place on a plate. NOTE: YOU MAY HAVE TO DO THIS IN 2-3 BATCHES TO AVOID OVERCROWDING!

  4. Once all of the beef stew meat has been seared, place them on a plate and set aside. 

  5. If needed, add another tbsp of olive oil into the pan. Add in the onions with a pinch of salt. Let cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring around. Add in the garlic and let cook for 1 minute or so.

  6. Next, add in 1/4 cup AP flour and stir to coat the onions. Let cook for 1-2 minutes. Next, add in the beef stock, to deglaze the pan, making sure to scrape the bottom of the pan!!! 

  7. Add in the potatoes, carrots, beef stew meat and finally, stir in the Guinness and add in the fresh thyme sprigs.

  8. Let it come to a boil and then reduce heat to medium low, cover, letting it gently simmer for about 2 hours or so, stirring occasionally. Taste and add more salt if needed. Remove sprigs of thyme.

  9. Ladle into bowls and serve with warm bread. Enjoy!

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