Irish Guinness Beef Stew

Irish Guinness Beef Stew is a traditional Irish pub food made with chuck roast, potatoes, vegetables, and a warm broth flavored with Guinness beer.

This easy Dinner Recipe is just as hearty and comforting as Classic Beef Stew, but the beer base makes it even richer and helps to tenderize the beef as it cooks.

Irish Beef Stew in pot with ladle


Irish Beef Stew really is the ultimate winter stew recipe. It’s perfect to serve for family dinner with a piece of crusty bread or Dinner Rolls for dipping. My personal favorite way to enjoy this stew is heating up leftovers a day or two after and enjoying a bowl while curled up in a blanket on the couch. There’s nothing cozier!

Irish Beef Stew is also the perfect recipe to make for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s an iconic Irish recipe and everyone is sure to love the tender meat, potatoes, and flavorful broth. The alcohol cooks right out of the beer so Guinness Stew is great for the whole family to enjoy.

The stew is also easy to make in one dutch oven. Most of the cooking time is just a matter of letting the hearty ingredients simmer together. It makes an easy holiday dish for St. Patrick’s Day that you don’t have to spend too much time worrying about or prepping. This is an easy one-pot meal that’s sure to become a go-to comfort food recipe. Of course, if you’d rather, you can also find slow cooker and instant pot instructions for this stew recipe below.



There are lots of recipes apart from Irish Beef Stew that use beer to prepare the meat. Some great ones to give a try are Beer-Braised Pot Roast and Beef and Beer Chili.

Cooking meat, specifically beef, with Guinness or other beers makes wonderfully tender, rich, and flavorful dishes.

The meat absorbs some of the liquid around it while it cooks. The Guinness seeps into the meat to make it fork tender and adds an earthy, rich taste that goes perfect with the other ingredients.

Guinness is a classic Irish beer that tastes great in stew, but you don’t have to use Guinness. Other stout beers will work well in Irish Stew. You just want to use a dark beer to get the right deep and rich flavor in the broth and meat.

Irish Beef Stew ingredients in pot


  • Guinness replacements: If you want to experiment with the flavor or just don’t have beer you can replace the Guinness in the Irish Stew with other ingredients. Use red wine, chicken broth, mushroom stock, apple juice, coke, root beer, or just extra beef broth in the Guinness Stew. If you need a gluten-free Beef Stew recipe you’ll need to replace the stout.
  • Add-ins: For some add-ins to the stew try red onion, flat-leaf parsley, or parsnips. To make the Guinness Beef Stew recipe slightly sweet try mixing in some brown sugar with the stew.


  • Start by adding vegetable or olive oil to a large skillet over high heat.
  • Season your beef with salt and pepper and cook it on all sides until the beef is browned.
  • Add the chopped onion and celery to the skillet.
  • Once the onion is fragrant move the browned meat and onions to your crock pot.
  • Add in the chopped carrots, potatoes, broth, Worcestershire sauce, and Guinness to the crock pot.
  • Set the slow cooker to high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours before serving slow-cooked Irish Beef Stew.


  • Add oil to the base of your instant pot and set it to sauté mode.
  • Brown the beef on all sides. You may need to do this in batches.
  • Add the onions to the beef and sauté until fragrant.
  • Pour in the broth, Worcestershire sauce, Guinness beer, carrots, and potatoes into the instantpot.
  • Seal the instant pot and pressure cook for 25 minutes.
  • Allow to naturally release for 10 minutes before manually releasing the rest of the pressure.



  • Serve: Don’t leave this Guinness Stew Recipe at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
  • Store: You can store Irish Beef Stew recipe in the fridge for 3-4 days. Be sure to let it cool to room temperature and seal it in an airtight container.
  • Freeze: Keep Beef Stew in the freezer for up to 3 months. You can put it in a freezer bag or other airtight container. Let the stew thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating it.

Irish Beef Stew in bowl

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Irish Guinness Beef Stew

Irish Guinness Beef Stew is a traditional Irish pub food made with chuck roast, potatoes, vegetables, and a warm broth flavored with Guinness beer.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Irish
Keyword Irish Guinness Beef Stew
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 366 kcal
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds chuck roast , cut into 1" chunks
  • 1 yellow onion , cut into 1/2" chunks
  • 3 stalks celery , sliced
  • 2 carrots , sliced
  • 2 pounds russet potatoes , cut into 1" cubes
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 12 ounces Guinness Beer
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme


  1. Add oil to a large pot or dutch oven on high heat.
  2. Season beef with salt and pepper and cook until slightly browned about 6-8 minutes.

  3. Add in the onion, celery, and carrots and stir well.
  4. Add broth, beer, Worcestershire sauce, and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce to low heat and cook for 30 minutes, then add in the potatoes and cook an additional 30-40 minutes until beef is tender.

Nutrition Facts
Irish Guinness Beef Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 366 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 78mg26%
Sodium 1190mg52%
Potassium 1056mg30%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 2639IU53%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 65mg7%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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