Irish Beef and Guinness Stew


Irish Beef and Guinness Stew is tasty yet simple It ‘s  not a large combination of spices or even ingredients… It is a warm delicious comfort food …one that caresses your skin on that cold winter night and brings warmth to your belly. Traditional Irish cooks don’t trouble themselves with fancy cookware and gadgets to make most Irish dishes. They don’t even have elaborate recipes they choose to follow. They do have TWO things of importance that factors into their cooking and that is TRADITION and LOVE.

Not all Irish recipes contain Guinness or Jameson Whiskey… actually MOST traditional straight forward Irish recipes contain few ingredients. It’s us the middle-aged and YOUTHFUL generation that have decided to add a bit of the ole Irish Poison to our meals… The Old Traditional Irish are wise and they would NOT waste a GOOD Guinness beer. They would rather enjoy it with their meal and Savor it – I can’t say that I blame them.

 Irish Beef and Guinness Stew

  • 2 large onions
  • 2 pounds stewing beef, cut in bite size pieces
  • 8 large potatoes, peeled & cut into medium pieces
  • 24 ounces of homemade beef stock
  • 1 bottle of Guinness stout
  • 1 tablespoons of unsalted real butter
  • 1 teaspoon of thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt, to taste
  • Fresh ground pepper, to taste


In a metal stock-pot melt butter on a fairly medium high temperature and cook the meat until it is completely browned, about 7-8 minutes.Cook the onions in the same pan for about 2-3 minutes . Pour the stock and stout into the stock-pot, over the meat and onions.Add bay leaves, and thyme. Season with a little salt and pepper to your own taste. Cover and cook on very low for about 2 hours.

NOTE: Irish Stew is not traditionally thickened – if you get a stew with a thickened sauce it may be very TASTY but it’s not Irish Stew…There are two ways to deal with this delicious liquid in your dish – some people serve with Champ (mashed potatoes) others leave it till the end and then mop it up with some Soda bread.




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