traditional lrish beef stew

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 2.5 – 3 hours
Serves: 6


  • 2 lbs stewing beef, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup stout beer (like Guinness)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • Fresh parsley for garnish


Prep the Beef:

  1. In a bowl, toss the beef cubes with flour, salt, and black pepper until well coated.

 Brown the Beef:

  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Brown the beef cubes in batches until well-seared on all sides. Remove and set aside.

Sauté Onions and Garlic:

  1. In the same pot, add chopped onions and minced garlic. Sauté until softened.

Deglaze the Pot:

  1. Pour in the beef broth and stout beer, scraping the bottom of the pot to release any browned bits.

Add Flavorings:

  1. Stir in tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, bay leaves, and dried thyme.
  2. Return the browned beef to the pot.


  1. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low.
  2. Cover and simmer for 1.5 to 2 hours or until the beef is tender.

Add Vegetables:

  1. Add sliced carrots and diced potatoes to the pot.
  2. Continue simmering for an additional 30-40 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked.

Check Seasoning:

  1. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.


  1. Remove bay leaves before serving.
  2. Garnish with fresh parsley.
  3. Serve the traditional Irish beef stew in bowls.

Note: This stew can be made a day in advance; the flavors develop even more when allowed to sit.

This Traditional Irish Beef Stew is a hearty and comforting dish, perfect for a cozy dinner on a chilly day. Enjoy the rich flavors and aromas of this classic Irish recipe!

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