Irish Beef Stew Recipe

Irish Beef Stew Recipe


1 1/4 poundsbeef stew meat, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
3 teaspoonssalt (more to taste)
1/4 cupolive oil
6large garlic cloves, minced
4 cupsbeef stock or broth
2 cupswater
1 cupGuinness extra stout
1 cuphearty red wine
2 tablespoonstomato paste
1 tablespoonsugar
1 tablespoondried thyme
1 tablespoonWorcestershire sauce
2bay leaves
2 tablespoonsbutter
3 poundsrusset potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (~7 cups)
1 largeonion, chopped (~1.5-2 cups)
3-4carrots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (~2 cups)
1/2 teaspoonfreshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoonsfresh parsley, chopped


  1. Sprinkle about a teaspoon of salt over the beef pieces. Heat the olive oil in a large, thick-bottomed pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Pat dry the beef with paper towels and working in batches, add the beef (do not crowd the pan, or the meat will steam and not brown) and cook, without stirring, until well browned on one side, then use tongs to turn the pieces over and brown on another side.
  3. Add garlic to the pot with the beef and sauté 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add the beef stock, water, Guinness, red wine, tomato paste, sugar, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, and bay leaves. Stir to combine. Bring mixture to a simmer. Reduce heat to the lowest setting, then cover and cook at a bare simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

  4. Meanwhile, melt the butter in another pot over medium heat. Add the onions and carrots. Sauté the onions and carrots until the onions are golden, about 15 minutes. Set aside until the beef stew has simmered for one hour.

  5. Add the onions, carrots, and the potatoes to the beef stew. Add black pepper and two teaspoons of salt. Simmer uncovered until vegetables and beef are very tender, about 40 minutes. Discard the bay leaves. Tilt pan and spoon off any excess fat.

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