Irish Guinness Beef Stew (Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew)

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Guinness Beef Stew is a favorite Irish beef stew recipe in our house. We make this slow cooker beef stew for St. Patrick’s Day every year, and we just can’t get enough! It’s the best Guinness stew and so easy to make!

guinness beef stew in a slow cooker

Guinness Beef Stew

Guinness Beef Stew is always a favorite on St. Patrick’s Day. This slow cooker beef stew recipe is so simple and so tasty. The perfect Irish Beef Stew!

Every St. Patrick’s Day, we celebrate with lots of drinks and plenty of good food. This Guinness Stew is a favorite because it’s hearty, tasty, and easy! I mean, what could be easier than a slow cooker beef stew?

This Irish Beef Stew recipe is filled with potatoes, carrots, beef, celery, and plenty of seasoning. It’s absolutely delicious, the perfect blend of flavors. It warms you up and helps balance out all those beers you’re probably drinking on St. Patty’s Day…

A delicious Irish Stew in a slow cooker, nothing can beat that! 

Guinness Beef Stew is the perfect meal for St. Patrick’s Day or any cold evening. Everyone will love this slow cooker Irish Stew!

photo collage: left, beef stew in a crockpot; right, beef stew in a bowl

slow cooker beef stew

Irish Beef Stew

I just love the flavor the Guinness adds to this slow cooker beef stew recipe. Pat’s not a big beer guy, but he LOVES Guinness, so this Guinness Beef Stew is right up his alley! Hearty, easy, delicious; all the best things! Doesn’t it make you want to gather around a table and enjoy some food with your loved ones? The best part is this Irish Beef Stew has very little prep or cleanup. Have fun with your family instead of slaving away in the kitchen!

Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

I’m ALL about slow cooker soups and stews. They are one of my very favorite things to make and I cannot get enough! The crockpot is made for comfort food, and this Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Stew is SERIOUS comfort food.

This slow cooker cooker beef stew with onion soup mix, beef, carrots, potatoes and more is filled with flavor. It always warms me right up and makes me feel like I’m wrapped in a warm blanket. I just love the ingredients in this, and I LOVE that you can just set it and let it cook.

Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Stew is a favorite Irish recipe in our house! We make this crockpot beef soup for St. Patrick's Day and can't get enough! The perfect slow cooker comfort food recipe for st patricks day!

Irish beef stew in three cast iron bowls

What’s in Irish Beef Stew?

Guinness Beef Stew Ingredients:

  • Red Potatoes
  • Sliced Carrots
  • Celery
  • Stew Meat (Beef)
  • Guinness
  • Flour
  • Onion Soup Mix
  • Garlic Powder
  • Diced Onion
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Beef Broth
  • Dried Basil
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper

How to Make Guinness Stew in a Slow Cooker

Making slow cooker beef stew is simple, because you can basically just throw everything into a crockpot and let it cook without worry! There are a few more steps to it than that, but that’s the basic process.

How to Make Irish Beef Stew:

  1. Place the potatoes, carrots, and celery into the bottom of your slow cooker and turn it to low heat.
  2. Then pour the Guinness and beef broth on top, and add in the garlic powder, onion soup mix, basil, and salt and pepper. Stir everything together.
  3. Now season the beef cubes with salt and pepper, then coat them in flour.
  4. Heat oil in a skillet and cook the beef. Add in the onions and cook it all for about 5 minutes, so that the onions are translucent and the beef is browned.
  5. Add the beef and onions into the slow cooker with the rest of the ingredients. Stir in the tomato sauce.
  6. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours (recommended), or high for 4 hours.

Easy as that! I like to serve this Guinness Beef Stew in large portions with hearty bread and more beer. Because that’s how it’s meant to be done!

guinness stew in a cast iron bowl

Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Stew is a favorite Irish recipe in our house! We make this crockpot beef soup for St. Patrick's Day and can't get enough! The perfect slow cooker comfort food recipe for st patricks day!

What is the difference between Irish Stew and Beef Stew?

Irish Stew is essentially any stew made with a mixture of meat and root vegetables, a popular native dish in Ireland. Traditional Irish Stew is made with mutton, but it’s often made with other types of meat. So this slow cooker beef stew is just another version since it’s made with beef, carrots, and potatoes (also known as Irish Beef Stew).

Do you have to cook the beef before you put it in the slow cooker?

For this Guinness Beef Stew recipe, you should brown the meat before adding it into the slow cooker. You will season the beef, cover it in flour, and then cook it in a skillet along with the onions. This is a good way to prepare it for slow cooking to hold flavor, plus the flour will help make a thicker stew. 

That being said, it is not always necessary to cook meat before adding it to the slow cooker, but it’s definitely recommended!

Irish stew with beef and carrots in three bowls

Like I said, this Guinness Stew is true COMFORT FOOD! Beef, carrots, potatoes, BEER. Gimme! So many good flavors coming together in a meal that will warm the soul and make you think of my favorite holiday, St. Patrick’s Day! Be sure to wear green while eating this Irish Stew!

See the recipe card for details on how to make Irish Guinness Beef Stew in a Slow Cooker. Enjoy!

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