Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Stew

Now that Valentine’s Day  and Mardi Gras have both passed, the next logical holiday or event to think about is St Patty’s Day – right? I’ve been sitting back brainstorming and researching possible recipes to share. We’re not a traditional Irish household. Okay, we’re barely Irish. I’m sure somewhere in our ancestry there is some Irish blood but not much of it. Who cares when we’re talking about holidays though. We’re skipping the traditional route of corned beef and cabbage and going straight to a nice hearty stew.

This stew is an adaptation of a basic beef stew I made ages ago. I kicked it up with additional flavor through different spices and veggies… and of course Guinness. Beef stew takes a bit more prep work than other recipes but the end results is worth it. I’ve been asked before, why do you cook your meat before adding to the slow cooker? In this dish, it’s all about the flavor. Browning your meat will give added depth to the dish. It’s not a necessary step, so if you are short on time feel free to skip this step.

Yield: Yields roughly 10 servings.

Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Stew


2 1/2lb stew meat
3 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2C carrots
1C celery
1C onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 1/2-5C baby red potatoes, cubed
1 tbsp parsley
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp ground pepper
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
2-3C beef broth (I used 3)
1 bottle or can Guinness draught


After a bit of prep work and hours simmering away, the end result is a hearty crowd pleasing dish. It's a flavorful stew, loaded with tender beef and a medley of vegetables.

Prepare vegetables; chop carrots, celery and onion. Scrub and cube potatoes into bite sized pieces. Mince garlic. Add all vegetables to slow cooker bowl. Sprinkle vegetables with the spices.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil. Meanwhile, cut beef into bite size pieces.

When skillet is hot, add half of your meat. Brown on each side. Add to slow cooker and repeat with remaining meat and olive oil. Add to remaining cooked meat to slow cooker.

Pour beef broth and Guinness over meat. Cover and cook for 5 hours on high or 10 hours on low.

Divide among bowls. Enjoy warm.

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16 Responses to “Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Stew”

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — February 28, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Love the recipe…and LOVE your new boards! woo hoooo!! Gorgeous!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — February 28, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I made something like this a couple months ago and it was awesome so I can only imagine how awesome yours tastes, looks really good!! And I second what Katrina said, I love those cutting boards!!

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — February 28, 2012 at 10:08 am

    yum, sounds delicious! guinness really brings out some awesome flavors in beef, so i love that it’s in this recipe. fab idea for st. patrick’s day!

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    Cassie — February 28, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Oh yes! What great flavors, can’t wait to try this!

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    marla — February 28, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Love the addition of full flavored Guinness!

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    Chris @ TheKeenanCookbook — February 28, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Love this dish. I make a regular (non slow cooker) Guinness beef stew and its so delish. One of these days Ill bite the bullet and get a slow cooker and I’ll try yours :)

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    amanda @ fake ginger — February 28, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Perfect for St Patrick’s Day! Looks delicious!

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    Tracey — February 28, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I absolutely love Guinness beef stew at this time of year! I usually make it in my Dutch oven, but I’ll have to try the slow cooker next time.

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    The Mr. — February 28, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    This is all gone and I’m sad. :(

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — February 28, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Love the addition of Guiness, I am sure it is hearty and delicious!

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    Baker Street — February 28, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Adding guinness makes this perfect.

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    Baking Serendipity — February 29, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    My mom’s side of the family is very Irish, but I still never know what to make for St. Patty’s Day. I love this stew…and the Guinness is the perfect touch! Bookmarked :)

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    Julia — March 1, 2012 at 8:32 am

    MMMMMMM, beer! Looks delightful!

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    The Avateur Chef — March 1, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Irish beef stew is one of my new favourite dishes… The Guinness gives such a depth of flavour it’s mouthwatering! Slow cooking is so convenient and no-fuss, thanks for sharing! Will definitely try!!

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    Meghan — March 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Love the addition of Guinness, looks delicious! Perfect dish for Saint Patrick’s Day!

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    Andrew — March 11, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    This turned out great! I had a container of beef broth that was 4 cups, so I just put it all in and added some extra carrots, celery, and seasonings to compensate. Turned out great!

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