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Irish Beef Stew

Irish Beef Stew Recipe

Irish Beef Stew Recipe

Anytime you need to thicken the stew, add flour. If the stew is too dry, you can add more beef broth or hot water. For a step-by-step photo guide, check out my basic beef stew recipe. The steps are pretty much similar, with the addition of Stout and tomatoes in this version.


  • 700g beef cubes (I use chunk tender cut which is inexpensive and perfect for stewing)
  • olive oil
  • 4 stalks celery diced
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 glass red wine
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1.5 cups beef stock (you can use beef stock cube)
  • 1 can (320ml) Guinness Stout
  • 1 mini can (170g) tomato paste
  • 4 carrots peeled and cut to chunks
  • 3 dried bay leaves
  • 1/2 tbsp black peppercorns slightly crushed
  • 1/2 tbsp dried herbs de provence (such as Italian seasoning or herbs de provence)
  • 1 garlic bulb separated into cloves and peeled
  • 250 portebello/button mushrooms cut roughly
  • 200g berastagi potatoes (or any hard potatoes) peeled and cut to chunks
  • 1.5 tbsp Worcester (Worcestershire) sauce
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes (411g)
  • salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste


  • Dutch oven or oven-safe casserole, at least 3-litre capacity
  • Kitchen tongs
  • Silicon oven gloves (for taking the hot casserole in and out of the oven)


  1. Season the beef cubes with some salt and black pepper. Grease Dutch oven with olive oil. When the oil is heated, brown beef cubes in batches, taking care not to overcrowd the meat in the casserole. When the beef browns on one side, turn over with kitchen tongs to brown on the other side. Repeat until all the beef cubes are browned. Do not discard the brown bits or juices collected in the casserole.
  2. Add 1 tbsp olive oil to the casserole. Then add diced celery and onions and ‘sweat’ them on medium low heat (about 3 -5 minutes). You will see them turning brown from soaking the juices left in the casserole.
  3. Pour a glass of red wine into the casserole and cook the celery and onions until the alcohol has evaporated, and you smell the nice aroma of the wine.
  4. Stir in flour and cook for one minute more to thicken the mixture.
  5. Add beef stock and stout. When the stew comes to a simmer, add the previously browned beef , tomato paste, carrots, bay leaves, peppercorns, herbs, garlic, mushrooms, potatoes and Worcester sauce.
  6. Once the ingredients come to a simmer, off the stove. Cover the Dutch oven or casserole with lid and transfer to an oven. Bake the casserole at 180°C (356°F) for 1 hour.
  7. Add the can of stewed tomatoes and stir thoroughly.
  8. Cover with lid and bake for another 20 minutes, or until the beef is tender. Season with salt and black pepper, if needed. Serve with bread or rice.
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  3. Can I omit the plain flour?

    • The plain flour is added to thicken the stew, but yes, you can omit it. If the stew is not thick enough without the flour, you can transfer to the stove top to simmer briefly to reduce the stew to the desired consistency.

  4. Hi! Is it possible to just cook this in a slow cooker or over the stove? What are the adjustments I should make if so? (Don’t have a Dutch oven and my casserole dish doesn’t have a lid…)

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