While this isn’t the most traditional Irish stew – since it’s made with beef instead of lamb – the addition of deep, flavorful Guinness and the sweetness of the parsnips really work to create an authentic, Irish flavor. Make it with lamb if you’re looking for a more traditional meal, but don’t forget to serve it with some creamy mashed potatoes.
Why I love this Irish stew recipe
When we were living in France, we took a few trips to Ireland. Once to Dublin during the Christmas season and then again with my parents in the spring to check out the rest of the country and see the city where my grandfather was born. We even ended up meeting some distant relatives, which was pretty cool.
Each trip was amazing, and I loved the weather and the food so much. I ate so much Irish stew and so, so many mussels. It was pure heaven.
After both trips, I came home determined to make the best Irish beef stew ever, and the secret ingredient turned out to be parsnips! It gives it the unique flavor and makes the sauce thick and creamy – perfect for spooning over a heaping helping of mashed potatoes.
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Here’s what you’ll need to make it
How to make Irish stew
Season and sear your meat. Pat the meat dry with paper towels (if needed and season it liberally with salt and pepper. You’ll need about 1 teaspoon coarse salt.
Heat olive oil to medium-high in a Dutch oven. When it’s hot, add the meat and brown, turning pieces as needed.
Sauté the vegetables. Add the vegetables, and sauté with the meat, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes.
Simmer the stew. Pour in your liquid and submerge the fresh herbs in the pot. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat for about 2 hours.
Thicken the stew. Whisk the flour with the remaining broth and add it to the pot with the frozen peas. Increase heat to medium and cook until thickened.
Serve with mashed potatoes.
FAQs and tips for making the best Guinness stew
Technically, yes Guinness stew has alcohol in it, but since it’s simmer for such a long time, the alcohol content mostly cooks out of it, and it will become similar to the content in a non-alcoholic beer. If you are avoiding alcohol, you might want to substitute beef broth for the Guinness.
Yes. Guinness has been vegan for some time now. There are a few recently introduced variations of Guinness beer that aren’t, but the original stout is certified vegan.
Irish stew is called stobhach gaelach in Ireland.
You can thicken Irish stew – or really any stew – with a bit of liquid mixed with flour. Whisk about 1 – 2 tablespoons of flour with cold liquid until smooth and add it to the stew. Allow it to cook at a high temperature to thicken the sauce.
We used beef stew meat for this recipe, but the best cut of meat for any stew is a fatty cut that benefits from long, slow cooking. My favorite cut for this is chuck roast.
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Celebrate St. Patrick’s day with this simple Irish beef stew. This stovetop recipe is made with hearty beef and vegetables, simmered until tender in a rich and flavorful Guinness broth. Make it with lamb for a more traditional meal, and serve it with some creamy mashed potatoes.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 1/2 pounds beef stew meat
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.
- 4 large carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1 large or 2 small parsnips, peeled and chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme (or 1 sprig fresh)
- 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary (or 1 sprig fresh)
- 1 large bay leaf
- 1 14-ounce can Guinness stout
- 1 1/2 cups beef broth, divided
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup frozen peas
- Liberally season the meat with salt & pepper.
- Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or large stockpot. When the oil is hot, add the beef and brown.
- Add the onion, carrots, parsnip and garlic. All the vegetables to cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.
- Pour in the beer and beef broth and submerge the herbs. Cover the pot and bring it to a simmer.
- Simmer the stew over medium-low heat for 2 hours.
- Whisk the remaining 1/2 cup beef broth with flour until smooth. Stir the mixture into the stew along with the frozen peas.
- Increase heat to medium and continue to cook for about ten more minutes, or until the stew has thickened.
- Before serving, remove the herbs and adjust seasoning with salt & pepper, to taste.
Keywords: dairy free, Irish, St. Patrick’s Day, winter, comfort food, stew, beef stew
Recipe adapted from Lauren’s Latest.
Last Updated on March 1, 2021 by Melissa Belanger