This rich and hearty Irish Guinness Beef Stew is wonderful comfort food on a cold day. Great for St. Patrick’s Day or any other day of the year!
Is there anything more comforting than beef stew on a cold day? I love a good hearty beef stew, and I think a really good beef stew should have tender beef, a rich sauce, and tons of flavor. I shared a Red Wine Beef Stew last year, but with Saint Patrick’s Day coming up I wanted to try one with the most Irish of beers, Guinness.
Of course many Americans think of Corned Beef and Cabbage as the dinner of St. Patrick’s Day. But to be honest, in my Irish American family, we always had beef stew on St. Patrick’s Day. I didn’t even make corned beef and cabbage for the first time until I was well into adulthood. But it doesn’t have to be St. Patrick’s Day to enjoy this Irish Guinness Beef Stew! This is a big bowl of hearty comfort food that can be enjoyed anytime of year, especially on cold and dark winter days.
Serve with some Irish Guinness Brown Bread and maybe even enjoy and Irish Mule or two for the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day!
Irish Guinness Beef Stew
Yield 6 Servings
3 and 1/2 pounds beef chuck, cut into 1 and 1/2 inch cubes
3 tablespoons canola oil
2 onions, finely diced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup all purpose flour
3 cups beef broth
1 and 1/2 cups Guinness beer, divided
1 and 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
1 pound carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 and 1/2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1 inch pieces
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
After cutting the beef into chunks, season it with salt and pepper and set aside.
Heat the oil in an oven safe dutch oven over medium-medium high heat. Add the onions, season with salt and saute until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Reduce heat as needed to avoid burning the onions.
When onions are golden, add the tomato paste and garlic, stir until combined and a "fond" (the brown bits) is starting to develop on the bottom of the pot. Add the flour and stir until flour is mixed in, making a roux. It will look lumpy and weird at this point, that is OK!
Slowly whisk in the beef broth until the flour roux is mixed in and the broth is smooth. Add 1/2 a cup of the Guinness, the brown sugar, and the fresh thyme. Whisk to combine.
Add the beef to the pot and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, transfer to the oven and roast, uncovered for 2 hours.
After 2 hours, remove from oven and add the carrots and potatoes. Stir to arrange the beef so that different parts of it are sticking out of the stew - that way they can brown in the oven. Return stew to the oven for one more hour.
Remove stew from oven. If beef is not as tender as you would like, you can continue to roast for another half hour. When finished cooking, stir in the remaining 3/4 cup of Guinness and fresh chopped parsley. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve.
It seems counter intuitive, but you don't need to brown the meat before hand. Because we are cooking the stew uncovered in the oven, the parts sticking out of the stew will brown in the oven, saving you a step.
*recipe adapted from Cook's Country