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Guinness Irish Beef Stew in yellow bowl

Slow Cooker Guinness Irish Beef Stew

  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 20 mins
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: soup
  • Method: slow cooker
  • Cuisine: Irish


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.


Units Scale
  • 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


  1. Cut the flank steak into large 1" pieces.
  2. Heat the olive oil over medium high heat in a large skillet.
  3. Add meat to the skillet in batches, being careful not to over crowd.
  4. Season with salt and pepper as you brown the meat on all sides.
  5. As the meat is cooked place into the slow cooker.
  6. When all steak is cooked add bacon to pan and cook until well done.
  7. Add bacon to slow cooker over steak.
  8. Add onion and garlic to the skillet and cook until soft.
  9. Add flour to the pan, then pour the Guinness and tomato paste into skillet and scrape the bottom to deglaze the pan.
  10. Stir thoroughly to dissolve the flour and make sure there are no lumps. Remove from heat.
  11. Add carrots, potatoes, and mushrooms to slow cooker.
  12. Pour Guinness mixture over the meat and vegetables.
  13. Add beef broth to just cover the meat and veggies.
  14. Cook on high heat at least 6 hours or low heat 8 hours.
  15. 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.
  16. Garnish with dried parsley if desired.

Keywords: Guinness, Beef, Stew

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