Guinness Beef Stew

Tis the season, isn’t it? We really don’t do much to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but I thought I would cook up a few Irish-inspired meals this week. Did anyone catch Bobby Flay’s Ireland special on Food Network on Saturday? I thought it was a little painful to watch, personally. I could have done better.

Sundays are perfect for slow-cooking meals for the week, and so I spent much of yesterday cooking a Guinness Beef Stew, with some 100% Irish daffodils to brighten the room.

Irish daffodils

The most important ingredient in Guinness beef stew is, of course, the Guinness. One 11 ounce bottle went into this stew, and while bottled Guinness would normally horrify my husband, this was actually pretty good.

Guinness draught

Before getting started on the stew, I gathered the rest of the ingredients.

A bag of peeled pearl onions

pearl onions

10 small potatoes, cut into eighths


About 24 ounces of organic beef broth

organic beef broth

A few teaspoons of Kerrygold butter for the roux

Kerrygold Irish Butter

Eight carrots, chopped into pieces, as close to the same size as the potatoes as possible


And of course, all natural stew beef

stew beef

I started with a roux of butter and flour, waiting until I could smell that lovely brown butter aroma made when the flour starts to cook.


And then I just started adding all of the ingredients, pouring the Guinness in last. I seasoned with a grind of salt, two grinds of pepper, a dash of garlic powder and a dash of crushed red pepper.

Guinness beef stew

The stew cooked for four hours. This is actually key when it comes to using stew meat because it is tougher and really breaks down over the course of several hours on low heat.

Guinness beef stew

While the stew cooked, I did Jillian Michael’s Yoga Meltdown. I am not a Jillian Michaels fan at all, and I sometimes get bored with yoga, but I actually really liked this workout. It was fast-paced and I could feel the burn while working out. I can’t wait to do it again!

Guinness beef stew

While I don’t eat beef, I did, of course try the stew a few times while cooking. It was pretty amazing how different it tasted as it cooked along, the flavors getting richer and more complex with each hour. And the meat definitely started to fall apart. Most importantly, my husband loved it, and he has tons of leftovers for lunch. I may freeze a couple of servings for later as well.

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Are you planning on doing anything or cooking anything special for St. Patrick’s Day?

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  1. Brian @ A Thought For Food’s avatar

    I can only imagine how incredible that made your house smell. The perfect dish in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.


  2. Michelle’s avatar

    This beef stew looks fantastic! Your hubby is one lucky guy!


  3. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    Mmm that’s perfect for St. Patty’s! I’m Irish only by way of marriage into a family of O’Donnells so it never occurred to me to make something like this. Maybe I should next weekend!


  4. Daisy’s avatar

    this looks like such a flavorful hearty stew! We got o Durgin Park every year for corned beef and cabbage!


  5. Elizabeth’s avatar

    What a great way to spend a Sunday. That stew looks great and reminds me of ones I ate when I was little.


  6. Heather’s avatar

    I absolutely love daffodils – I bet those will be beautiful when they open.

    This looks like a great St. Paddy’s day meal!


  7. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    I saw the Bobby Flay episode too and wasn’t impressed at all. This beef stew looks like a perfect comfort food.


  8. Hadley’s avatar

    Your stew looks fantastic! Made me want to cook one last stew before spring (hopefully!) arrives. More importantly, I love Jillian’s Yoga Meltdown. I think it’s a really good workout. I’m always sore the next day and perfect for when you only have 30 minutes but want to hit all the major muscle groups.


  9. Megan’s avatar

    I like her Yoga Meltdown too. And the 30-day shred is good too but she annoys me because she talks the whole time and doesn’t actually do the workout. I find myself yelling at the TV. :)

    The stew looks amazing! I made a number of Irish dishes yesterday which I’m hoping to share throughout the week!


  10. Belinda @zomppa’s avatar

    What a great stew!! So flavorful and hearty. YUM!


  11. alicia’s avatar

    *slaps forehead* duh, GUINNESS beef stew. I wish I thought of that….but I was already roasting a chicken so that might have been too much meat for us for the week.

    Rafe doesn’t dig corned beef – and I can only tolerate a little of it, so I made split pea soup for thursday’s dinner. I thought it was appropriate – since its green :)


  12. Jolene (’s avatar

    Guinness stew is so good!!! I made some last March, and haven’t had it since, but now I am totally craving it.


  13. Raija’s avatar

    You make all of your recipes seem easy!! This looks great!! I want to make it ASAP!


  14. Jason Phelps’s avatar

    Beef & beer slow cooked on the stove. The idea is classic!

    Now I want some…



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