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Irish Beef Stew

Irish Beef Stew Recipe

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What makes this an Irish beef stew is the use of Guinness Stout. This is now my favourite way of making beef stew because the beer not just adds flavour, it also tenderises the beef, as I noticed that they get more tender within a shorter time of stewing (I used a cheap but decent cut of “chunk tender” cut for the stew), as compared to cooking without beer.

Similar Recipe: Oven-Baked Beef Stew

The tomatoes balance and complement the bitterness of the Stout, and also gives the stew an attractive, rustic reddish hue. I love beef stew, not just because it is so delicious – but it is also super easy to cook and feed hungry people for an entire day with often with leftovers for the next day. This is a perfect laze-at-home weekend recipe. My kitchen is filled with a fantastic beef stew aroma as this stew was bubbling away in the oven.

Oven-baked Stew

My method of baking beef stew was taught by my friend Joyce. Instead of simmering over the stove top, the oven is used to bake the stew which is to me, the only method I used to cook such stews as I need not worry about watching the stove.

61 comments on “Irish Beef Stew”

  1. one can of stewed tomato? what’s that?
    also, will there be a taste difference if din add in bay leaves or herbs de provence?
    lastly, is this suitable for pregnant ladies?


    • Hi Fiona, I think you have to check with your doctor whether you can consume this dish. From what I know, pregnant ladies should avoid alcohol (there’s stout and red wine in this).

      Canned tomatoes – there are available at supermarkets. Stewed types or whole tomatoes can be used. Common brands are Hunt, S&W etc

      Bay leaves and herbs de provence give it a richer taste, but feel free to omit or substitute with other herbs (e.g. rosemary, thyme).

  2. Any receipe for chicken stew?

  3. Wow, made this today, house smells great, taste was unbelievable, warmed us right up. For anybody that isn’t sure yet to make this, GO for it. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Your beef stew looks great, I love the color. Goes so well with rice or pasta.

  5. When do u add the tomato paste?

  6. Ohh noo!! why I’ve seen this recipes now :(
    I’m really so hungry & cant control myself to eat…..

  7. Haven’t made this in awhile! Yours looks so good!

  8. Hmm…too bad, I don’t take beef. Wonder if I can substitute beef with pork?

  9. Great hearty meal for the rainy weather. I am craving for a bowl right now.

  10. i have been follow ur post, and i have to say this stew is something new to me. definitely will try. and i hope this blog will keep on updating cos u really change the life of people in terms of eating habit! keep on going!

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