No Peek Irish Beef Stew Recipe -
No Peek Irish Beef Stew Recipe
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No Peek Irish Beef Stew

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"Wonderful thick, spicy stew that is so easy to make that you can do it on the busiest of days! Great for a crowd!! No peeking until it's done!!"

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    5 hrs

    5 hrs 10 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
  2. In a roasting pan, combine the meat, carrots, onions and potatoes. In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, tapioca flour and juice cocktail and mix well. Pour this mixture over the meat and vegetables and cover tightly with foil.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 5 hours.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 23, 2005

For a basic beef stew recipe, this is very good. I did have to change it though. I tossed the beef in 3 Tbsp. regular flour with lemon pepper, chili powder, and garlic powder. I browned it with a little olive oil. I put it in the crock pot (because I needed my oven for other baking) and it turned out fine. The other change I made was using 1/2 c. V-8 and 1/2 c. bloody mary mix. I thought it would give it a little kick, and it did. In the last about 20 minutes, I added a cup of frozen peas for some color. Along with lots of salt and pepper, it turned out great. This recipe is a great base to build off of and add whatever you like for flavors!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 30, 2010

I, personally, did not care for this stew. It was too spicy for my taste, but friends loved it.

Aug 03, 2003

EXCELLENT Irish stew recipe. Very easy to make. The brown sugar it calls for in the recipe does make it a bit sweeter than I like it so I omit the sugar when I make it. Kids LOVE it!!! This will become a family tradition recipe for us! Thank you for sharing it!

Oct 17, 2007

Have made this for years. I always used a spicy tomato cocktail drink. Hoppin Tom or spicy V-8 and never used any sugar. Always raves and NEVER any left over. Hardy and delicious and extremely simple. Never had a need to brown meat before hand.Always tender and veggies perfect. NEVER open oven door and peek as heat goes down and takes a long time to raise back up. Just throw in oven and forget it for 5 hours!!

Jul 19, 2007

I was skeptical. A stew made with only 1 cup of liquid? And that liquid is a can of V8? But this was GOOD. And SO easy! I followed the recipe exactly and wouldn't change a thing next time. My husband is Irish and very picky about his stew. He loved it, and it will definitely go into regular cirulation at our house. (He would like me to specify that he's from Ireland, not a "Plastic Paddy" - a term used to describe an American who claims Irish heritage. No offense to those of Irish heritage!) You know what this seemed like? Each piece was coated with a delicious thick sauce the same way a Chinese dish like orange chicken is, but the dish is not overwhelmed with sauce. This was so appetizing that I couldn’t resist it, and I don’t eat beef! Next time I'll take a picture.

Aug 03, 2003

Delicious! A couple of time I will brown the meat to seal in the juices. Even after cooking for 5 1/2 hours, the meat wasn't as soft as I would have liked. Also, IMPORTANT, I will add a teaspoon of salt and a dash of pepper. The veggies needed some seasoning and were a tad bland. But overall, this is a WINNER RECIPE! Incredible stew, and so easy. Oh, and a question for the person whose veggies weren't soft after 5 hours of baking....was your oven on? :)

Sep 30, 2003

This is a very easy and hearty beef stew and perfect for a warming winter meal. I used regular flour and it came out great. A great basic staple that everyone loves!

Aug 03, 2003

This turned out great considering I have never cooked before. I made this for my dorm floor, and it was gone in five minutes. Very hearty, add garlic and spices like cayenne pepper to add zest.


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  • Calories
  • 246 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 13.3 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 51 mg
  • 17%
  • Fat
  • 14.7 g
  • 23%
  • Fiber
  • 2 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 15 g
  • 30%
  • Sodium
  • 124 mg
  • 5%

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

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