Guinness Irish Beef Stew is made easy with a slow cooker-tender fall apart meat with hearty vegetables and a thick, gravy-like stew. Serve over mashed potatoes or with bread for an easy weeknight crockpot dinner.
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2.5 lb flank steak
- salt & pepper
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 small yellow onions, coarsely chopped
- 4 slices thick cut bacon
- 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 14.9 oz can Guinness Draught Ale
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 4 medium carrots, peeled and chopped 1/2" thick
- 1 pint small button mushrooms
- 3 large yellow potatoes, chopped into 1' pieces
- 2-3 cups beef broth
- optional-1/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup flour to thicken stew
- Cut the flank steak into large 1" pieces.
- Heat the olive oil over medium high heat in a large skillet.
- Add meat to the skillet in batches, being careful not to over crowd.
- Season with salt and pepper as you brown the meat on all sides.
- As the meat is cooked place into the slow cooker.
- When all steak is cooked add bacon to pan and cook until well done.
- Add bacon to slow cooker over steak.
- Add onion and garlic to the skillet and cook until soft.
- Add flour to the pan, then pour the Guinness and tomato paste into skillet and scrape the bottom to deglaze the pan.
- Stir thoroughly to dissolve the flour and make sure there are no lumps. Remove from heat.
- Add carrots, potatoes, and mushrooms to slow cooker.
- Pour Guinness mixture over the meat and vegetables.
- Add beef broth to just cover the meat and veggies.
- Cook on high heat at least 6 hours or low heat 8 hours.
- If you would like the stew to be thicker you can make a roux-melt 1/4 cup butter in a small saucepan and add in 1/4 cup all purpose flour, whisking constantly. Once the mixture begins to darken remove from heat and add about a cup of liquid from the stew into the saucepan. Whisk until smooth and then add to slow cooker. Stir and allow to cook 5-10 minutes more before serving.
- Garnish with dried parsley if desired.
Keywords: Guinness, Beef, Stew