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Irish Beef Stew

  • Author: Madeline
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Boil and Simmer
  • Cuisine: Irish American


Stove top Irish beef stew cooked with Guiness



  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2.5lb stew beef
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 12oz Guinness beer or other stout
  • 4 large carrots
  • 2lb red potatoes
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Fresh parsley
  • Optional: 2 cups water


  1. Dice onion and mince garlic. Heat oil over medium heat in a large heavy bottom pot like a dutch oven. Add the stew beef to the pot along with the salt. Cook beef, stirring occasionally until seared on all sides.
  2. Remove meat from the pot and add butter, diced onion, and minced garlic to the pot along with the smoked paprika and black pepper. Sauté until the onions and garlic are soft and fragrant, 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add the beef back into the pot along with the beef broth, 12oz beer, and tomato tomato paste. Stir to mix. Bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and cover the pot. Simmer for 2 hours stirring occasionally.
  4. While the stew simmers, peel and slice carrots into rounds and quarter potatoes. When the stew has simmered for 2 hours, add the carrots and potatoes into the pot. If your stew seems too thick you can add in 1-2 cups of water.
  5. Simmer for an additional 30 minutes or until the potatoes and carrots are soft. Take the pot off the heat and stir in 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar. Serve the stew with fresh chopped parsley.

Keywords: Irish beef stew, Guinness beef stew, dutch oven beef stew