Made this with lean beef stew meat, I subbed 1/2 the potatoes with turnips, and also added 1 chopped leek after the onions browned. Also, in place of straight Cayenne, I used Penzey's Black & Red Spice (a blend of hot Cayenne and black pepper). Admittedly, I paired this recipe down sort of off the cuff, as we made it with 1.2# of meat - and I just eye balled all the rest of the ingredients. We used about 1 1/2 cans of Guinness (14.9 oz cans) and it filled our Lodge 10" Dutch Oven. We really liked this - and in hindsight, the directions - 1 thru 4, where you mix the tomato paste with water and simmer the onions, really is what helped make this so flavorful. Don't skip that step. That being said, next time I might add a whole variety of different root vegetables, and try other beers or maybe dark red wines for flavor.
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Made this with lean beef stew meat, I subbed 1/2 the potatoes with turnips, and also added 1...