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Special Irish Beef Stew Recipe

Special Irish Beef Stew

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"This savory recipe is a complete meal in itself. Don't forget the beer as it's what makes this recipe unique."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 20 mins


  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat. Coat beef cubes with flour, shaking off the excess. Fry beef cubes until browned on all sides. Remove from the pot. Add the onion, mushrooms, and garlic to the pot, and cook stirring constantly until onion is tender, about 3 minutes.
  2. Return beef to the pot, and stir in tomato paste, beef broth, and beer. Add potatoes and carrots, cover, and simmer over low heat for about 1 hour. Mix together the cornstarch and cold water. Stir into the stew, and simmer until thickened. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 20, 2005

I scaled this recipe for 12 and put it into a roaster in the oven at 325 for 2 hours and warmed it up the following day for another hour. It did not need cornstarch for thickening as it thickened on its own. I reduced the carrots to 4C, reduced the tomato paste to 1 1/2 cans, and increased the beef by a pound. I added a few more potatoes and a small spoonful of brown sugar. My family raved about it. It was a very pretty dish and exceptional in flavor. The beef was extremely tender. I am sharing it with friends!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 10, 2008

I thought this stew was way too tomato-ey. It just tasted like bitter tomatoes. It would've been better with just beef broth and the beer. We threw the leftovers away

Jan 24, 2008

DO NOT USE GUINESS EXTRA STOUT. I made the mistake of allowing my husband to pick up the beer and the Extra Stout makes the sauce way too bitter. I really want to try this with the regular Guinness next time. However, to fix this I increased the amount of broth and sprinkled in about a tablespoon of sugar and in order to counteract the bitterness. It's a very thick, hearty stew and reall pretty simple!

Dec 19, 2006

I made this but used a crock pot - cooked it most of the day. Served it to a table of hungry poker players and there was barely enough left to soak a piece of bread. good stuff.

Mar 17, 2009

I really like the taste of this stew. It has a different flavor than the stews most of us are used to so this may not taste good to everyone. For me it was nice to taste something different, especially when it tastes good. I did take heed to other reviewers comments and added and subtracted some things to make the taste more "palatable", but nothing that would turn it into a different recipe. It still has that "special" taste which comes from the beer. NOTE: I doubled the recipe. I used 9 cloves of garlic 3 large potatoes, almost 4 lbs of stew meat, 3/4 of a 2lb bag of baby carrots (cause I didn't want to cut carrots), 2 small onions, 2 12oz bottles of Guinness, as much oil and flour as needed to brown the meat, 2 6oz cans of tomato paste, 3 cups of Mushrooms and 4 cups of beef broth. ADDED: My additions were a result of reading the reviews. I added twice the meat and more potatoes than carrots. I added sea salt and pepper to the flour that I used to brown the meat. I have found in my limited cooking experience that seasoning meat before it is cooked is never a bad idea. I also added a little sea salt to the stew. To bring in a familiar taste, a little thyme, a little basil and a couple of bay leaves. To curb the bitterness of the Guinness, two teaspoons of brown sugar. SUBTRACTED: Corn starch and water as I had planned to cook it all day and others mentioned that the sauce would reduce/thicken over time.

Jan 29, 2008

My family and I loved this stew!! It's thick and very filling I didn't have a stout beer on hand- so I used a lager.It was good, but I think I'd like stout a bit more so, next time I will definitely use a Guinness and a bit of sugar. I also added rosemary, thyme, basil, sea salt and pepper. I think that the spices added just a little kick.

Jan 24, 2006

very good. my only complaint is I followed the recipe but it never said when to add the garlic? I ended up adding it at the end when I found it was the only ingredient left. It probably needed to be added with the onions to bring out the full flavor. I used Killians beer and did add some salt.

Aug 15, 2007

This was a great beef stew, I love the deep flavor the beer gives to it (I used Guinness). I'm not a big fan of tomato flavor in my stew so I left out the tomato paste. Also left out the mushrooms since I don't like them, and didn't use nearly as many carrots. Overall, this is probably my favorite beef stew recipe.


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  • Calories
  • 435 kcal
  • 22%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 41.9 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 66 mg
  • 22%
  • Fat
  • 18.6 g
  • 29%
  • Fiber
  • 7.1 g
  • 28%
  • Protein
  • 26.7 g
  • 53%
  • Sodium
  • 607 mg
  • 24%

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

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