Guinness Beef Stew

This Irish beef stew is deep and rich with flavour and made with the Irish stout, Guinness. Serve it over a bed of colcannon or with a wedge of Irish soda bread to sop it up. This type of meat and potatoes meal is one I could get used to.
Course Soups & Stews
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 304kcal
Author Shaina Olmanson


  • 3-5 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 pounds stew beef like chuck roast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 4 cups beef stock or beef broth
  • 12 ounces Guinness
  • 2 prunes minced
  • 1 Tablespoon caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups parsnips roughly chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley minced


  • In a stockpot or Dutch oven, heat 3 tablespoons of the oil over medium-high heat. Salt the beef and dredge through the flour. Brown the beef chunks in the oil for 2-3 minutes, stirring to turn. Don't overcrowd the pot, and remove from the pot into a separate bowl when finished. Add the remaining oil as necessary.
  • Once the beef has been browned, add garlic to the oil and sauté for 30 seconds. Add in the onion and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste until incorporated throughout.
  • Add the beef back to the pot and pour in the beef stock and Guinness, then add in the prunes, caraway seeds and pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for one hour.
  • After one hour, remove the cover from the pot and add in the carrots and parsnips. Continue simmering, uncovered for 30-45 minutes until vegetables are tender.


Serve alongside boiled potatoes or over colcannon. Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.


Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 629mg | Potassium: 873mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 4185IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 3.5mg