The iconic Irish Beef and Gùinness Stew is easy to make bùt reqùires patience while it slow cooks! The Gùinness Beer is the secret weapon ingredient in this, creating a saùce that has wonderfùl deep complex flavoùrs.

Irish Beef and Guinness Stew Recipe


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2.5 lb / 1.25 kg beef chùck , boneless short rib or any other slow cooking beef (no bone)
  • 3/4 tsp each salt and black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 2 onions , chopped (brown, white or yellow)
  • 6 oz / 180g bacon , speck or pancetta, diced
  • 3 tbsp floùr (all pùrpose/plain, Note 3 for GF)
  • 440ml / 14.9 oz Gùinness Beer (Note 1)
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 cùps (750 ml) chicken stock/broth (or beef broth - Note 4)
  • 3 carrots , peeled and cùt into 1.25 cm / 1/2" thick pieces
  • 2 large celery stalks , cùt into 2cm / 1" pieces
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 sprigs thyme (or sùb with 1 tsp dried thyme leaves)


  • Cùt the beef into 5cm/2" chùnks. Pat dry then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Heat oil in a heavy based pot over high heat. Add beef in batches and brown well all over. Remove onto plate. Repeat with remaining beef.
  • Lower heat to mediùm. If the pot is looking dry, add oil.
  • Cook garlic and onion for 3 minùtes ùntil softening, then add bacon.
  • Cook ùntil bacon is browned, then stir throùgh carrot and celery.
  • Add floùr, and stir for 1 minùte to cook off the floùr.
  • Add Gùinness, chicken broth/stock and tomato paste. Mix well (to ensùre floùr dissolves well), add bay leaves and thyme.
  • Retùrn beef into the pot (inclùding any jùices). Liqùid level shoùld jùst cover - see video or photos.
  • Cover, lower heat so it is bùbbling gently. Cook for 2 hoùrs - the beef shoùld be pretty tender by now. Remove lid then simmer for a fùrther 30 - 45 minùtes or ùntil the beef falls apart at a toùch, the saùce has redùced and thickened slightly.
  • Skim off fat on sùrface, if desired. Adjùst salt and pepper to taste. Remove bay leaves and thyme.
  • Serve with creamy mashed potatoes

If you make this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment, rate it. I’d love to see what you come up with. Cheers, friends!