Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Stew

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Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Stew

This hassle-free Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Stew offers maximum richness, making it an ideal choice for a hearty traditional Irish meal, especially for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day!

It’s as simple as can be – after browning the meat, let the slow cooker take over. Whether it’s St. Patrick’s Day or any other occasion, this dish is a flavorful and hearty choice. With tender meat chunks, assorted vegetables, and a rich base featuring the special ingredient – beer – this stew is a delicious addition to your menu for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day celebration!

What kind of Guinness do you use for stew?

opt for the extra stout for its enhanced flavor profile. With a robust hop presence and the deep ruby red hue from roasted barley, it operates similarly to how roasting coffee beans intensifies coffee flavor. If you happen to have draught on hand, you might be contemplating its use. Some find it less flavorful and slightly bitter, while others appreciate its creamier and smoother qualities. When cooking with alcoholic drinks, a general rule is to choose ones you would enjoy drinking. Experiment with both options to determine your preference, and don’t fret about the alcohol content; it tends to evaporate during the cooking process.

What beef cut is best to use for slow cooker Guinness beef stew?

Given the lengthy cooking time required to draw out the flavors, there’s no necessity for premium beef cuts. Popular choices for this type of dish include chuck roast or shoulder, both of which are budget-friendly and possess sufficient marbling to keep the meat moist.

Recipe tips

  • Pair it with mashed potatoes, your preferred bread, or some grains.
  • Red wine serves as an excellent alternative to the beer.

Like Beer Flavored Dishes, try our Beer Pot Roast Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hrs.
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 460kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


  • 2 pounds beef stewing meat trimmed and cut into 2–3-inch cubes.
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 medium onion peeled and diced.
  • 1small onion cut into quarters.
  • 5 cloves garlic minced.
  • 4 cloves garlic whole
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cups Guinness Beer
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 bunch of fresh rosemary
  • 3 medium carrots peeled and cut into 1/4-inch rounds.
  • 1 cup celery diced.
  • 1-pound mini red potatoes peeled and cut into halves
  • Fresh parsley for garnish


  • Season the meat with salt and pepper and toss with 1/4 cup of flour.
  • In a skillet over medium heat add the oil and once hot, brown the meat chunks in batches, until golden brown.
  • Set the meat chunks aside. Then, add a little amount of the broth and scrape off bits and pieces that remain in the skillet.
  • Add the butter to the same skillet, sauté the onion and minced garlic.
  • Add everything to the crockpot, cover with the lid, and set it to cook for about 4 hours on HIGH or about 8 hours on LOW.
  • When meat is tender, garnish with parsley and serve warm.


Calories: 460kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 1312mg | Potassium: 1187mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5348IU|
Vitamin C: 12mg |Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 5mg
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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