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Slow Cooker Irish Guinness Stew
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Slow Cooker Irish Guinness Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Irish Guinness Beef Stew is comfort food at its best. It boasts tender chunks of beef with potatoes and carrots braised in a rich Guinness-infused gravy. Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 hrs 40 mins
Total Time15 hrs 55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Irish, St. Patrick's Day
Servings: 6
Calories: 247kcal
Author: Chula King


  • 3 to 4 pounds chuck roast trimmed of fat and cut into 1-1/2 inch chunks
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 onions chopped (about 4 cups)
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups Guinness Draught divided
  • 1 Tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 ounce 2 Tablespoons bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 5 carrots about a pound, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 1/2 pounds baby red potatoes scrubbed. If large, cut so that chunks are about 1-1/2 inches.
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 to 4 Tablespoons Bisto or corn starch
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth


  • Pat beef dry with paper towels and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook single layer of beef in batches until browned on all sides, about 8 minutes. Transfer to slow cooker insert. Repeat with additional 2 teaspoons oil and remaining beef.
  • Add remaining 2 teaspoons oil, onions, and 1/4 teaspoon salt to skillet and cook until onions are lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add broth, 1-1/4 cups Guinness Draught, sugar, thyme, and bittersweet chocolate; bring to boil, using wooden paddle or spoon to scrape up browned bits. Transfer to slow cooker insert.
  • Add carrots, and potatoes to slow cooker insert. Cover and cook on low until meat is tender, 9 to 10 hours (or cook on high for 6 to 7 hours).
  • Uncover slow cooker; remove beef, carrots, and potatoes to a large bowl with a slotted spoon. Pour liquid into wire strainer set over large bowl. Discard residual bits in strainer.
  • Wipe out slow cooker insert; return beef, carrots, and potatoes to slow cooker.
  • Pour liquid into fat separator. Allow to settle for 5 minutes. Pour liquid into 12-inch skillet. Add remaining 1/4 cup of Guinness and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to boil over medium high heat.
  • Whisk together Bisto and chicken broth. Whisk into liquid, stirring constantly until liquid thickens. Adjust seasonings.
  • Pour thickened gravy over beef, carrots, and potatoes in slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve.
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings.


Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 191mg | Potassium: 894mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 8490IU | Vitamin C: 29.8mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2.1mg