Beef and Guinness Pies with Puff Pastry

Tender Guinness braised beef and vegetables topped off with flaky puff pastry creates flavorful personal pot pies.

Beef and Guinness Pies with Puff Pastry Recipe from

Today is day 2 of boozy recipes for St Patrick’s day! If you missed day 1, be sure to check out it out: mini Baileys cheesecakes with chocolate whipped cream. They’d pretty much be a perfect ending to today’s recipe.

I ripped this recipe out of a magazine last year. Yes, an entire year ago with the sole plan of making them this year… or eventually, for the Mr to enjoy. He’s the beer drinker. He’s fun to test recipes out on. I knew this would be a sure thing since last year I made an easy slow cooker Guinness beef stew and that was a big hit. This is pretty similar, but does require more hands on time, no slow cookers for this dish but it’s completely worth it.

Beef and Guinness Pies with Puff Pastry Recipe from

As you’ve probably learned by now, I’m a huge fan of personalized dishes or even bite size dishes. Hence all of the mini cheesecakes floating around, plus they’re just darn cute. Of course beef pie isn’t cute, but this one is personalized! You could of course make one giant version but that’s not nearly as fun. You could even eat the base of this dish as is immediately after it’s cooked but again, just go the distance and make a pot pie. If you really want to go the distance, you could make your own puff pastry. I don’t have a recipe for you for that yet, maybe someday.

So since St Patrick’s day is all of a week and a half away, you may or may not be starting to think about dishes you want to make. Regardless, you need these beef pies in your life. Forget the traditional corned beef and cabbage, these beef pies won’t disappoint. The beef and vegetables are braised in Guinness and broth, creating an ultimate savory and tender stew that is then topped off with flaky golden puff pastry. It’s perfection.

Beef and Guinness Pies with Puff Pastry Recipe from

Beef and Guinness Pies with Puff Pastry

Tender Guinness braised beef and vegetables topped off with flaky puff pastry creates flavorful personal pot pies.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time1 hour 45 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2


  • 1 lb beef chuck cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 C celery chopped
  • 1/2 C onion chopped
  • 1/2 C carrot chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 C beef broth
  • 1/2 C Guinness
  • 1/2 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes optional
  • 1/2 sheet puff pastry
  • 1 large egg


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Add flour to a large plastic bag, add beef chunks and shake to cover. Transfer to a large platter, season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a large oven safe pot (such as a 4-5 quart Dutch oven). Brown meat in batches, removing browned meat to a platter.
  • Add onion, celery, carrots, garlic and water to pot. Cook, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon, until vegetables are tender. Add tomato paste, stirring for 1 minute. Return beef to pot, along with any juices, broth, beer, Worcestershire sauce and seasonings. Cover and cook in the oven for 1 hour.
  • Allow stew to cool completely before adding pastry topper, at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Divide cooled stew between two: 16-oz ramekins.
  • Roll out puff pastry large enough to cover two dishes. Cut into equal squares. Lightly bright a 1-inch border around each square with a beaten egg. Invert pastry onto filled ramekins, pressing puff pastry sides to dish. Brush top and sides of pastry lightly with beaten egg.
  • Freeze for 15 minutes.
  • Bake for 15 minutes at 425°F, then reduce temperature for 400 and continue cooking for 5-10 more minutes or until pastry is puffed and lightly browned.
  • Serve hot.


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42 Responses to “Beef and Guinness Pies with Puff Pastry”

  1. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — March 6, 2013 at 7:46 am

    You just reminded me St. Patty’s Day is soon, holy smokes! This is PERFECT to celebrate the festive day! Having an Irish hubby, he would love this. I love all your bite size dishes, they are so cute. :)

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      Rachel — March 6, 2013 at 8:02 am

      Thanks Jennifer! I hope your hubby likes it if you decide to make it :)

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — March 6, 2013 at 8:46 am

    my fiance would go INSANE if I made these little pies! I can’t believe how close St. Patty’s Day is. NEXT weekend! So crazy how fast this year is flying by. Rachel, these pies are perfectly crusty and gorgeous. PS: I love your pretty spoons!

    • #
      Rachel — March 6, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Seriously! I can’t believe it’s already a week into March.

  3. #
    Little Kitchie — March 6, 2013 at 8:48 am

    I definitely want to try this for St. Paddy’s! What a PERFECT meal for it!!

  4. #
    Amy — March 6, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I have a folder of recipes from magazines…a few of them date back 2 years! I wonder if that means, I’ve held onto them for so long because I really really need to make them OR if I’ve held onto them for so long, but never made it, that I should toss them? Hm.

    If I made this for Paul, he just might marry me all over again. Freakin’ yum!

    • #
      Rachel — March 6, 2013 at 9:55 am

      I have two binders for recipes (sweet and savory), when they get too full it’s time to purge out ones I don’t want to keep anymore.

  5. #
    Terri C — March 6, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Those look so good! My hubby would love too :)

  6. #
    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — March 6, 2013 at 10:35 am

    looks so delicious!

  7. #
    Erica @ In and Around Town — March 6, 2013 at 11:25 am

    So perfect for a cold evening or celebrating St. Patrick’s day here in Boston!

  8. #
    Amanda — March 6, 2013 at 11:28 am

    These look SOOOO good! Your hubby is a lucky man. :)

  9. #
    ashley - baker by nature — March 6, 2013 at 11:29 am

    I totally want to dive head first into these little pies!!!

  10. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — March 6, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    I am practically jumping through my computer to get at these!

  11. #
    Linda | The Urban Mrs — March 6, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    You rock! This looks so amazing and I can’t wait to give it a try. Cooking with guinness is actually one of my things to try this year.

    • #
      Rachel — March 6, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      It makes everything so much more flavorful!

  12. #
    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — March 6, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    okay i’m drooling. yum!!!

  13. #
    katie — March 6, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Yum! These look divine and I love the puff pastry topping!

  14. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — March 6, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    It’s like a pot pie but SO MUCH BETTER.

  15. #
    Tracey — March 6, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    I have been trying to figure out what we could do for St Patty’s Day that would be a little more special than corned beef and I think this *just* might be it. Everything about these just sounds utterly amazing! :)

  16. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — March 6, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    I want to dive head first , mouth open into one of these! Rachel these look awesome.

  17. #
    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — March 6, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I’m with Megan on this one. At what point do I put on my bikini (and by “bikini,” I mean “one-piece”) and dive head-first into that bowl of goodness?

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      Rachel — March 6, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      lol now I’m picturing a swimming pool of stew

  18. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — March 6, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    I found your blog last year around this time because of your Guinness recipes…. I think it was a stew and a float? These pies look amazing… and I am all over anything topped with pastry!

  19. #
    Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs — March 6, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Rachel this recipe looks amazing! Perfect for these last chilly nights before Spring arrives!

  20. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — March 6, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    loving how golden crisp that puff pastry is! my favorite part about these types of soups that are covered with puff pastries is the initial breaking into the soup part. something about it is so fun, haha – this is a perfect cold weather soup!

  21. #
    Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry — March 7, 2013 at 3:46 am

    I am all for preparing for Saint Paddys Day when there is recipes like this to prepare. So much flavor packed into one little pie.

  22. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — March 7, 2013 at 8:55 am

    These are such a great idea, Rachel. I have been craving pot pie…now even more with beef, Guinness and puff pastry!!

  23. #
    Angie @ Big Bear's Wife — March 7, 2013 at 10:32 am

    So when I was at the store yesterday I was checking out some of the “cool beers” that they had (you know things other than bud light haha) and I was telling myself that I needed to find some more recipes that involved beer because my husband would love them. And then along comes t his lovelyness! haha It was fate and I’ll accept it :) Looks really good !!!

  24. #
    Amber @ Sprinkled With Flour — March 7, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    I love a good meat pie, and this beef pie sounds amazing! I can just imagine how warm and comforting it must be, perfect for this cold weather! :)

  25. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — March 8, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Individual dishes are the best! Definitely helps for portion control, which is something I desperately need. And these pot pies – AMAZING! I’m not much of a beer person but I’d gladly devour this!

  26. #
    Wendy — March 10, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Savory beef stew with a flaky crust? My husband and son are going to love this, but it also looks special enough for company! Thanks.

  27. #
    Ali @ Inspiralized — February 28, 2014 at 8:48 am

    I’ve never had a savory pie, but this makes me want to try one!

  28. #
    Danielle Ozuna — December 7, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    jusst made these followed recipe to a t :)) amazing!!! Yum!!

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      Rachel — December 8, 2014 at 7:28 am

      So glad you enjoyed it! :)

  29. #
    Susan — March 19, 2015 at 9:23 am

    I made these for my family for St. Patrick’s Day and they were a huge hit! I took the meat out of the oven after about 45 minutes because it seemed to be losing too much moisture. I used some of the leftover beef broth I had to make gravy on the stove and stirred some into the meat mixture before dishing it out and topping with the crust. My husband wants me to make these again next week! Thanks for the fabulous recipe.

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      Rachel — March 20, 2015 at 8:43 am

      So glad everyone enjoyed it!

  30. #
    Sylvieann — April 17, 2016 at 2:52 am

    Thanks for sharing your recipe. I love the way beer flavors food and your ingredients and style look great!

    • #
      Rachel — April 17, 2016 at 8:49 am

      Thanks so much!

  31. #
    Nahbois — March 14, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    I am wondering if anyone would have any idea on how long to bake these if I made them in smaller tart trays to be almost mini-cupcake sized to serve more people?

    • #
      Rachel — March 15, 2019 at 6:06 am

      You shouldn’t need too much time. Mostly, just enough time for your puff pastry to cook properly. I’d recommend testing with one and going from there.

  32. #
    Myra — November 17, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Is it possible to freeze these and bake later? Perhaps putting puff pastry on right before baking?

    • #
      Rachel — November 19, 2019 at 6:41 am

      Absolutely! Definitely add the puff pastry just prior to baking.

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