Irresistible Guinness Beef Stew

How to make the best beef stew with melt-in-your-mouth tender beef, carrots, potatoes, and Guinness beer. See below for our tips for making the best stew at home.

Irresistible Guinness Beef Stew with Carrots

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Beef Stew Recipe Ingredients

Believe it or not, beef stew is simple to make. This version, made with Guinness beer, is no different. The stew is savory, rich, and irresistible. For this beef stew recipe, you will need just over 2 hours. That’s not 2 hours hovering over a stove, though. The good news is that your hands-on time is about 30 minutes.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this hearty beef stew:

  • Beef chuck roast and flour – Use a high-quality, well-marbled chuck roast for the tastiest, most tender beef stew. The marbling (white veins you see running through the meat) ensures melt-in-your-mouth, tender results. So that the beef sears well and gets a nice crust, after cutting the chuck roast into cubes, we dust the raw meat with flour. If you’d prefer to keep this gluten-free, you can leave out the flour.
  • Garlic and tomato paste – We can make the gravy for our stew after searing our floured beef cubes. Tomato paste and garlic add a rich flavor.
  • Guinness stout beer – Building off of the tomato paste and garlic, we pour in one bottle of beer. Any beer will work, but we especially love how stout beer intensifies our stew’s rich and meaty flavor.
  • Beef stock – Unless we are talking about store-bought beef bone broths (usually quite expensive), I don’t typically buy store-bought beef stock. I either make it myself or substitute a rich chicken stock (I find that store-bought chicken broths are much better than beef, which has little flavor and tastes salty).
  • Worcestershire sauce and thyme are classic in beef stew. I enjoy fresh thyme in this recipe, but I have provided dry thyme amounts in the recipe below.
  • Veggies – Onions, carrots, celery, and small potatoes are excellent in this beef stew recipe. We add them towards the end of cooking so they don’t become too soft.

Find the full recipe with measurements below.

Best Beef Stew

How to Make the Best Beef Stew

Here are five tips for making the most irresistible beef stew.

Tip #1 — Dry the Beef

We know this seems a little fussy, but it is worth your time. Moist meat does not brown. Browned meat is essential for flavor and texture in the stew. So, patting the stew meat dry with a paper towel before searing it is a big deal.

Patting stew meat dry

Tip #2 — Roll the Beef in Flour

This is an extension of tip number one. Roll your beef cubes in seasoned flour before searing to ensure the meat is as dry as possible. This guarantees a good sear on the beef, adding a lovely golden-brown crust.

Rolling beef stew meat in seasoned flour

Tip #3 — Brown the Beef

Now that the beef is dry and floured, it’s time to sear it. You’re not looking to cook it all the way through — you only want to add a nice brown crust.

Browning the Beef

Tip #4 — Add Beer, Wine, or Coffee

The best stew recipes incorporate many layers of flavor. In this recipe, Guinness adds richness to the stew. Dry red wine or coffee would also do the trick. When adding the beer, scrape all the bits stuck to the bottom of the pot after browning the meat.

Tip #5 — Add the Veggies Towards the End

The beef must be cooked for 2 hours to achieve that melt-in-you-mouth tender beef. Vegetables, especially carrots and potatoes, need much less time. Cooking them for 2 hours would make them mushy and overdone. So, in our beef stew recipe, we give the beef a head start in the oven for one hour to get around this. Then, after an hour, we toss in our vegetables and let everything cook together until the beef is tender.

Irresistible Guinness Beef Stew

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The best beef stew with melt-in-your-mouth tender beef, carrots, potatoes, and Guinness beer. If you don’t have Guinness on hand, use your favorite dark beer, dry white wine, or coffee. As a last resort, use more beef stock.

Makes 6 servings

You Will Need

4 tablespoons vegetable oil, or more as needed

2 pounds well-marbled boneless beef chuck roast, cut into 1-inch cubes

Salt and fresh ground black pepper

1/4 cup flour

5 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 (11.5-ounce) bottle Guinness Stout beer

4 cups beef stock, or more as needed

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

4 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme

2 medium onions, peeled and cut into large chunks

1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks, 5 to 6 carrots

4 medium ribs celery, cut into large chunks

8 ounces small waxy potatoes, about 20


  • Prepare Beef
  • 1Heat oven to 300° Fahrenheit.

    2Using paper towels, pat the beef cubes dry, and then season all over with salt and pepper.

    3Add the flour to a bowl or plate, then roll the seasoned beef into the flour so it is lightly coated on all sides.

    4Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. When the oil is shimmering, working in batches, add the floured beef cubes, making sure not to crowd them too much. Cook, turning occasionally, until the beef is well-browned on all sides. Transfer to a plate, and then continue with the remaining beef cubes, adding more oil as necessary.

    5Reduce the heat to medium-low, then stir in the garlic and tomato paste. Cook, continuously stirring for about one minute.

    6Pour in the beer, and then use a wooden spoon to scrape the bottom and sides of the pot, lifting as many stuck bits as possible.

    7Pour in the beef stock, then add the Worcestershire sauce and thyme.

    8Bring to a low simmer, then place the beef and any juices left on the plate back into the pot. Cover with the pot’s lid and move to the oven. Cook, stirring once or twice, for 1 hour.

  • Prepare Vegetables
  • 1While the beef cooks in the oven, heat another 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, carrots, and celery. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper, then cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are lightly browned on all sides, about 10 minutes. Set aside.

  • To Finish
  • 1After one hour in the oven, remove the Dutch oven’s lid and stir in the onions, carrots, and celery. Add the potatoes, and then continue to bake, with the lid partially open, until the beef is tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour longer. If the top of the stew becomes dry, add some extra beef stock.

    2Remove the beef stew from the oven, skim off any excess fat from the surface and remove the thyme stems. Taste, and then adjust with additional salt and pepper. Serve.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • If you do not have a Dutch oven, you can sear the beef in a large pot on the stovetop then add everything to a large baking dish loosely covered with aluminum foil.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.

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Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size 1/6 of the recipe / Calories 412 / Total Fat 17.1g / Saturated Fat 9.7g / Cholesterol 89.4mg / Sodium 920.1mg / Carbohydrate 25.9g / Dietary Fiber 4.4g / Total Sugars 7.1g / Protein 34.5g
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher

Recipe updated, originally posted February 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

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88 comments… Leave a Review
  • Scottish Heather Campbell by way of Canada October 3, 2023, 9:10 pm

    This is an EXCELLENT recipe!! Really appreciate the coffee idea as well as the padding down the beef – as I don’t have alcohol in the house, and they both worked amazingly! With my family’s and my stew making history of 120yrs+ ~ so adding my favourite additions to this I LITERALLY just ate THE BEST Traditionally slanted stew Ive ever eaten! Don’t tell my family!! 😂 lol

    • Joanne October 5, 2023, 11:37 am

      Oh wow, we are thrilled you enjoyed it so much! Coffee in stew is great, isn’t it! So glad we could help.

  • Ann Madril June 12, 2023, 5:56 pm

    This is absolutely the best beef stew I have ever eaten. It rivals Irish Beef stew in Irish restaurants……

    • Joanne September 14, 2023, 6:38 pm

      Wow, this is so wonderful to hear! Thank you for coming back and sharing, Ann.

  • Lynn E October 2, 2022, 8:49 pm

    Delicious! Deep rich flavor and so easy to prepare. I put a dollop of mashed potatoes on each serving instead of incorporating potatoes into the stew. I thickened with cornstarch at the end because I didn’t cook the potatoes as directed.

    • Joanne September 14, 2023, 6:39 pm

      Hi Lynn, this stew with mashed potatoes sounds wonderful!

  • Linda Gail Brewer September 29, 2022, 11:39 am

    I’m going to make this today. Sounds wonderful. Can it be made in a crock pot .

    • Joanne September 14, 2023, 6:40 pm

      Hi Linda, Yes, absolutely, but the cooking time will be longer. You will need to experiment a little yourself, but I’d assume high for 4-5 hours or low 8-9 hours (or until beef is tender).

  • Paul December 20, 2021, 11:56 am

    Making this right now. I have used a can of draught Guinness, so hopefully that will be ok. Hope so, fingers crossed!

  • Kaitlyn Russo October 16, 2021, 8:30 pm

    Made this recipe in a Dutch oven hanging over a fire while camping. Took a little bit longer because of the lack of temperature control but WOW the flavor was amazing and it was perfect on a chilly night. We will definitely be making this again!

    • Joanne September 14, 2023, 6:41 pm

      Okay, now I’m seriously bummed that we haven’t made this stew over a camp fire! Thanks for sharing.

  • Bill Emmett February 6, 2021, 1:12 pm

    When I make this stew, I add a leek with vegetables. Just slice the white section thin, and cook with the onions, carrots and potatoes. I serve the stew on potato pancakes, and slice the leek tops for a garnish, along with some sour cream on top.

    • Joanne September 14, 2023, 6:41 pm

      Leeks are an excellent idea!

  • Barb December 6, 2020, 2:17 pm

    I am just making this right now. It is my go to stew, it is soooo good!
    I keep forgetting to leave a comment.😄

  • Gina Walsh November 30, 2020, 8:20 pm

    So so delicious!!! Everyone loved the stew; next time it will be all the better when I remember to buy the Guinness Stout beer! ((I put a half cup of double shot expresso in as they (kind of) recommended.)) Love their recipes and how they cut down the time to cook recipes as much as possible.

    • Joanne September 14, 2023, 6:42 pm

      We are so happy the espresso worked out well for you. Coffee in beef stew is really good, right?! Thanks for coming back, Gina!

  • SCOTT WICKSTRUM January 19, 2020, 10:21 pm

    This is the best beef stew I’ve ever tried. This recipe is simply amazing. Totally worth making it.

    • Joanne September 14, 2023, 6:41 pm

      Wow, Scott. Thanks for such a shining review!


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