This Beef and Guinness Stew is rich and hearty with fresh vegetables and meat that is fork tender! This recipe was first seen on Recipe Girl.
I realize that St. Patrick’s Day was nearly two weeks ago, but would you believe that I’m still thinking about this Beef and Guinness Stew we made? It was so rich and hearty, that every time I need comfort food, this recipe comes to mind. 🙂
What did you all make? Green Shamrock Cookies, a traditional Irish Stew or Corned Beef and Cabbage, perhaps?
For us, we just cozied up around the fire with a bowl of this rich, hearty, full-flavored Beef and Guinness Stew. Paired with a frothy Guinness and a side of soda bread, and you’ve celebrated St. Patrick’s Day just right!
There are several variations of Beef and Guinness Stew, some of which call for adding a bit of sugar to balance out the bite of the Guinness. If you prefer your stews slightly sweet, you can add a teaspoon or more of sugar. What we found though is, we preferred this stew exactly as is.
No sugar needed. Just goodness in a bowl. Or two. Or more… trust me, we shouldn’t go there. That’s TMI. Let’s just say it was multiple times that I dipped into leftovers.
What you will love about this recipe: the beef is so fork-tender that it will melt in your mouth. The key being that you’ll cook the meat on low heat for a few hours so that it tenderizes and absorbs the rich flavors of onions, garlic and fresh herbs like thyme and bay leaves.
In this recipe, the vegetables are added at the last hour of cooking so they don’t overcook and get soft. You will love how the meat is so tender and juicy, while the vegetables have great consistency and an ever-so-slight crunch.
A celebration of textures and flavors that you’ll find are a party in your mouth!
Beef and Guinness Stew
- 3 pounds beef chuck roast cut into 1-inch cubes
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
- 2 medium onions coarsely chopped
- 2 cups beef broth divided
- 5 cloves garlic coarsely chopped
- 2 11.2 ounce bottles Guinness beer
- 3 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 carrots yield 2 1/4 cups, chopped in 1/2-inch rounds
- 3 stalks celery yield 1 1/2 cups, chopped in 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 cup water
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Put the beef in a medium bowl. Season with the flour, salt and pepper and stir until coated. Set aside.
- Add the oil to large stock pot and heat on high until hot. Turn down to medium-high and add the beef, searing all sides (4 to 5 minutes). Remove the beef from the pan and set aside. Add the onions and 1 cup of beef broth to the pot and deglaze, scraping bits off the bottom of the pot, stirring and cooking onions for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 additional minute.
- Add the beef, 1 cup beef broth, 2 bottles Guinness, thyme sprigs and bay leaves. Heat to a gentle boil, then turn down, cover with a lid and simmer for 2 hours. Skim fat, remove bay leaves and thyme sprigs and discard.
- Add the carrots, celery, water, tomato paste freshly chopped thyme, salt and pepper. Increase heat to medium-low until the stew reaches a soft, gentle boil and let it simmer 45 minutes to 1 hour, uncovered, so the sauce will reduce and thicken. Remove from heat and serve.
Beef and Guinness Stew
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