How to Make Guinness Beef Stew

by Old Town Spice Shop on February 28, 2024
Old Town Spice Shop Guinness Beef Stew

At Old Town Spice Shop, St. Patty’s Day is one of our favorite holidays because of all the delicious foods that make it extra special. Guinness Beef Stew is one of our favorite dishes, thanks to its rich and comforting layered flavors — and it’s super easy to make!

Discover the heartwarming flavors of this traditional Irish dish for yourself, perfect for cozy evenings. Guinness’s rich and robust taste melds with tender beef and fresh vegetables, creating a deeply satisfying stew. Follow this recipe to bring a taste of Ireland into your kitchen!


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided, plus more if needed
  • 3 pounds beef chuck roast, fat trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Kosher flake salt and cracked pepper, to taste
  • 1-2 teaspoons Old Town Spice Shop Black Pepper Steak Seasoning
  • 1 large white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced or pressed through
  • ¼ all-purpose flour
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle of Guinness beer
  • 4 cups low-sodium beef stock
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1.5 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, cut into small pieces
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaf
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish


  1. In a large, heavy pot or Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. Generously season the beef chunks with salt and Old Town Spice Shop Black Pepper Steak Seasoning.
  2. Add the beef to the pot in batches, searing on all sides. Transfer browned beef to a plate and set aside. Add more oil if the pot becomes dry.
  3. Add the onions, celery, and carrots to the same pot and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute more.
  4. Sprinkle the flour over the veggies, stirring well to coat. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Gradually pour in the Guinness and use a wooden spoon to scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  6. Return the cooked beef to the pot. Add beef stock, carrots, potatoes, tomato paste, bay leaf, Worcestershire sauce, and thyme. Stir well to combine.
  7. Increase the heat and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally, until the beef is tender and potatoes are soft.
  8. Season the stew with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Remove and discard the bay leaf.
  9. Serve the stew hot, garnished with chopped fresh parsley.

Serving Suggestions

  • Enjoy this hearty stew in a bread bowl for an extra comforting experience.
  • Accompany with crusty bread or freshly made soda bread to absorb all the flavorful juices.
  • Pair with a fresh green salad for a refreshing contrast.
  • Serve with a pint of Guinness or your favorite Irish stout. Or pair it with a cabernet sauvignon or a rich and juicy merlot or red blend. 


  • Don’t rush the browning of the beef; doing so in batches prevents overcrowding and ensures deep flavor development. You can also sear the whole roast before cutting it into small pieces.
  • For a thicker stew, remove the lid during the last 30 minutes of cooking to allow some of the liquid to evaporate.
  • Leftovers taste even better the next day after the flavors have melded. Freeze for up to 3 months.

This delicious Guinness Beef Stew is not just a meal; it's a comforting experience that brings warmth and joy with every spoonful. Enjoy the process of cooking this beloved dish, and may it fill your home with delicious aroma and your heart with contentment on St. Patty’s Day. Find all the ingredients you need for this recipe and all your favorite festive dishes at Old Town Spice Shop! Visit us at our spice shop in Old Town Fort Collins, or order your spices online!


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