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Beef and Guinness(R) Stew Recipe
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Beef & Guinness Stew
Dark beer does delicious things to traditional beef stew. See more
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Beef and Guinness® Stew

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"The maltiness of dark beer really does amazing things for this gravy. It's a very simple dish, but at the same time it has a deep, complex, rich flavor. I served this in a nice ring of green onion-mashed potatoes. I hope you give this a try, whether for St. Patrick's Day or anytime of the year."

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Original recipe makes 6 large servings Change Servings
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  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs 30 mins
  • READY IN

    3 hrs

Directions

  1. Cook and stir bacon in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat until bacon is browned and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn off heat and transfer bacon into a large stew pot, reserving bacon fat in the skillet.
  2. Season beef chuck cubes generously with 1 teaspoon salt and black pepper to taste. Turn heat to high under skillet and sear beef pieces in the hot fat on both sides until browned, about 5 minutes. Place beef in stew pot with bacon, leaving fat in skillet. Turn heat down to medium; cook and stir onions in the retained fat in the skillet until lightly browned, 5 to 8 minutes; season with a large pinch of salt.
  3. Cook garlic with onions until soft, about 1 minute; pour beer into skillet and stir with a wooden spoon, scraping up and dissolving any browned bits of food into the liquid. Pour cooking liquid from skillet into the stew pot. Stir in tomato paste, thyme sprigs, carrots, celery, sugar, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and enough chicken broth to cover.
  4. Bring stew to a gentle simmer, stirring to combine; reduce heat to low and cover pot. Simmer stew until beef is fork-tender, about 2 hours. Stir stew occasionally and skim fat or foam if desired.
  5. Remove cover and raise heat to medium-high. Bring stew to a low boil and cook until stew has slightly thickened, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove and discard thyme sprigs and adjust salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Arrange mashed potatoes in a ring in a serving bowl; ladle stew into the center of the potatoes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 09, 2013

Thought it was fantastic. Cooked it in my dutch oven. Added turnips to the mix. It was a big hit!!

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 27, 2014

was just ok

 
Feb 28, 2014

Absolutely delicious. I served it to my family with Irresistible Irish Soda Bread from this site and my toddler and husband gobbled it all up. Next time I make this, however, I will be sure to serve over potatoes or Colcannon as this only made enough for one meal for my 4 person family. Also, my 7-year-old turned her little nose up at it because of the intensity of flavor - which I think could have been dodged had I served it over mashed potatoes. We enjoyed it (except the 7 year old) but afterward decided that since it's such a very flavorful stew, almost like a gravy, some sort of mashed potato accompaniment really is a must. Another thought: I did use beef stock instead of chicken (beef is what I had on hand) and I wonder if using the chicken stock could have dialed down the strength of the stew. Going to go that way next time.

 
Jan 06, 2014

This stew has a great flavor, don't be afraid to use Guiness. It will not be bitter, even if you omit the sugar like I did. I used only one pot: rendered the bacon-removed it; dredged 3.75 lbs. beef in flour (with salt and pepper) browned it-removed it; cooked the onions and garlic; deglazed with Guiness; added 26 oz. of beef stock (instead of chicken stock) tomato paste, thyme, and vegetables; put the beef and bacon back in; simmered for 2 hours and then used a gravy separator and some corn starch to thicken the gravy (made 4.5 cups gravy). Go easy on the salt, there is enough in the beef stock. Served it just like in the picture!

 
Nov 23, 2013

Great recipe! I used beef broth instead of chicken and we loved this stew. Many stews seem to lack a bit in flavor but not this one. We had it with mashed potatoes. I will definitely be keeping a supply of Guinness on hand just for this stew. Thanks Chef John! I do love your recipes!

 
Dec 16, 2013

I made this recipe for a family Christmas party using smoked, overly cooked (i.e. DRIED OUT!)leftover brisket. I was hoping the cooking slow and low in the Guinness would tenderize and moisten the brisket. It turned out FANTASTIC and there were NO leftovers, sorry to say! LOL! I made it the next day for my family, again using this overcooked, smoked brisket and it turned out just as great! THIS is DEFINITELY a keeper!! (I didn't use any sugar. That's the only adjustment I made, except for the dried out meat I used!) A GREAT way to use up meat that turned out too dry and tough! Thanks for this recipe, Chef John!!

 
Feb 11, 2014

This smelled amazing as it was cooking. I dissolved about a tablespoon of flour into some of the cooking liquid and added it back into the pot to help thicken it up. The taste was a little more bitter than I expected, but not in an overpowering way. It was fabulous with the garlic mashed potatoes I made. Not sure how it will be on its own, but I'll find out when I eat the leftovers tomorrow.

 
Dec 16, 2013

I was hesitant to make this because I hate Guinness, but I'm SO glad I took a chance...It turned out amazing! Both my husband and I loved it. I planned to follow the recipe exactly. However, my son felt like being a handful while I was cooking, so I accidentally left out one (of the two) onions...still turned out great! Used my dutch oven. Will be making again soon!

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 528 kcal
  • 26%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 42.1 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 96 mg
  • 32%
  • Fat
  • 24.6 g
  • 38%
  • Fiber
  • 5.1 g
  • 20%
  • Protein
  • 29.4 g
  • 59%
  • Sodium
  • 1605 mg
  • 64%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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