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Guinness Beef Shepherd's Pie

Hearty Guinness shepherd's pie, packed full of tender beef and vegetables. A flavorful meal for St. Patrick's day celebrations or any day!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr 40 mins
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4 plus


  • 1 1/2 lb beef stew meat
  • 2 Tb olive oil or butter
  • 1 C yellow onion chopped
  • 1 C carrots sliced
  • 1/2 C celery chopped
  • 7 oz peas drained
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 Tb tomato paste
  • 1 Tb steak sauce
  • 3/4 C Guinness stout
  • 3/4 C beef broth
  • 2 Tb all purpose flour
  • 3 C seasoned mashed potatoes*
  • 4 oz Colby cheddar cheese  shredded
  • Chives for topping


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Prepare vegetables. Trim meat of fat and cut into 1-inch pieces. Lightly sprinkle meat with salt and pepper. 
  • Heat butter or olive oil in a 10-12 inch skillet or large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Brown meat in batches, flipping once. Transfer meat to a clean bowl or large plate. 
  • Reduce heat to medium. Add onion, celery and carrots, cooking until onions are translucent. Add minced garlic, cooking for an additional minute. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and thyme. Stir in tomato paste and steak sauce. Return meat to pan along with peas.
  • Whisk together flour and beef broth until smooth and fully combined. Carefully pour beef broth and Guinness into hot pan, stir to combine. Mixture will begin to thicken. 
  • Transfer mixture to the preheated oven, cooking covered for 60 minutes. Toss gently after 30 minutes. 
  • If making ahead, cool beef mixture completely. Store in the refrigerator until ready to proceed. 
  • If continuing with recipe immediately, begin cooking potatoes 30 minutes before beef mixture is ready. Season potatoes with butter, cream, salt and pepper to your liking. 
  • Stir half of the cheese into the mashed potatoes. 
  • Top off beef mixture with mashed potatoes. Sprinkle with remaining shredded cheese. 
  • Cook for an additional 30-40 minutes. If desired, broil or use a kitchen torch to lightly char the cheese. Sprinkle with chives. 
  • Serve warm. 


Recipe serves roughly 4-6.
*roughly 1lb russet potatoes should be used for mashed potatoes. Season with butter, cream, salt and pepper to your liking.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel