Slow Cooker Guinness Irish Beef Stew

I’m all in celebration mode this week! I’ll be celebrating TWO things all week long:

Not only that, but I’ve had “Holiday” by Madonna in my head for days, except that with the Great Blizzard of 2017 looming over my head, and school canceled for today and maybe tomorrow, this is how “Holiday” is coming out when I sing aloud:

“I live in my sister’s basement!”

(Lindsay, this one is for you)

So what am I celebrating, and how am I celebrating? I’m celebrating the release of Beauty and the Beast (more on that later) and I’m celebrating St. Patrick’s Day! I used to celebrate as a kid, with a four-leaf clover pendant and some Lucky Charms. We had them for Valentine’s Day and my birthday as well, so that was three times a year for Lucky Charms! I didn’t discover the magic of the slow cooker until we got married and my friend Rachel got it for us from our registry. You could say I dig it.

Especially during this time of year!

Celebrating #StPatricksDay? Do you love the smell of Irish Beef Stew with Guinness wafting from the slow cooker into your home? Then this #recipe is for you

Today we have a snow day and an extra kid. Although all three kids in our house today are at least partly Irish, I’m not sure they’ll eat with us. That’s ok – it smells so good that I don’t know if I want to share! Have you ever made an Irish Beef Stew?

I think this is only my second time in life!

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Irish Beef Stew

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slow cooker beef stew

It looks pretty awesome, right? We started making it this morning and my house already smells like heaven. It’s perfect for this snow day, and to enjoy during this festive St. Patrick’s Day week. I wanted to share one of our traditions with you!


Celebrating #StPatricksDay? Do you love the smell of Irish Beef Stew with Guinness wafting from the slow cooker into your home? Then this #recipe is for you

Irish beef stew

slow cooker recipe

Slow Cooker Guinness Irish Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Guinness Irish Beef Stew


  1. 1 1/2 pounds extra lean stew beef
  2. 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  3. 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  4. 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  5. 2 Tablespoons canola or olive oil
  6. 4-5 medium Yukon gold potatoes - peeled/diced
  7. 1 1/2 cups baby carrots - peeled and diced
  8. 1 large yellow onion - chopped
  9. 2 garlic gloves - minced
  10. 1/4 cup tomato paste
  11. 4 cups beef broth
  12. 11.2 oz bottle Guinness extra stout
  13. 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  14. 1 bayleaf
  15. 1/2 Tablespoon dried thyme
  16. Salt and pepper, to taste
  17. Parsley, to garnish


  • 1. Add the beef, salt, pepper and flour to a large mixing bowl. Toss well to coat the beef.
  • 2. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and add the flour-coated beef. Brown on all sides. Set aside.
  • 3. Turn the crockpot on and spray with a non stick coating spray. Add the potatoes, carrots, onions and bay leaf.
  • 4. Place the browned beef, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and thyme on top of the vegetables.
  • 5. Pour the beef broth and Guinness into the crockpot and stir to combine.
  • 6. Cover and cook for 3-4 hours on high or 10-12 hours on low. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • 7. Serve the Guinness Irish beef stew in a bowl or on top of mashed potatoes. Garnish with parsley, if desired.
  • 8. ENJOY!
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Now tell me something you do for St. Patrick’s Day! And are you as obsessed with it as I am?

Celebrating #StPatricksDay? Do you love the smell of Irish Beef Stew with Guinness wafting from the slow cooker into your home? Then this #recipe is for you

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Slow Cooker Guinness Irish Beef Stew — 51 Comments

  1. Snow day here too and just watched this movie again last night on HBO and still one of my favorites. And now this Irish loving girl is so in need of making your stew recipe, too πŸ˜‰

  2. Two great things: Guiness Irish Stout, and Beef Stew! As difficult as it would be for me to part
    with any amount of Guiness for a food recipe, I would do this, all in the name of a good stew!
    This would be a great food dish (and a few Guiness to drink with said dish!) for St. Patrick’s Day.

  3. I have to admit, why don’t the American government just give the country another public holiday and take St Paddys Day from the Irish as you guys celebrate it more than the islands over this side of the pond πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Does America have a patron saint of anybody? πŸ˜› Anyway, I love the beef stew, had this a lot when I was a child, but never tried it with the speical brown stuff πŸ™‚

  4. Your Irish stew looks so tasty! I loved that you used Guinness to make it too! I hope that the storm does not hit you too hard – stay safe and cozy!

    • It wound up ok.. but we are still not sure when we can really trust that it won’t snow here! It’s supposed to be 73 next week so my fingers are crossed.

  5. Heard the snow has been hitting the East Coast…. The Irish Stew definitely looks like a hearty meal that will warm the belly. I haven’t slow-cooked anything in beer yet. Does it add a wheat-y/hop-y flavor? I especially like that this meal is picky-eater-friendly. You can’t go wrong with meat and potatoes….

    • You know, that’s a good question. You can definitely smell the Guinness while it cooks, but otherwise, I couldn’t taste it. It totally worked out well.

  6. That looks super yummy! I always make corned beef in my crock pot for St. Patrick’s Day. My husband loves it! It took me a while to use my crock pot that I got as a wedding present, too, until I had kids. Now I use it at least once a week! Today I made pork tenderloin in the crock pot and rosemary bread in my break maker…another wedding present I didn’t use right away!

  7. Um…. YUM!!! I am pinning this and trying this STAT! I’min the mood for a good stew and this seems easy enough for an incompetent cook like me!

    I actually don’t do a darn thing for St. Patrick’s Day. I always feel kinda bad about that!

    Anxious to see what *else* you have cookin’ for Beauty and the Beast! (Get it? “Cookin'”? Oh yeah… I’m on fire today and I still haven’t gulped the other half of the pot of coffee down yet! lol)

    • haha, I’m pretty incompetent myself so I get you!!!!
      Did you enjoy my Beauty and the Beast recipes so far? I hope so!!

      (You’re always on fire)

  8. I’m dying @ The Wedding Singer “Holiday” version πŸ™‚ I haven’t seen that movie in ages, and would love to again!

    This really looks delicious. I’m a vegetarian but can always appreciate a well prepared and beautiful meal πŸ™‚ My mom used to make something similar growing up and I always remember the house smelling of comfort <3

    I need a crockpot or slow cooker in my life, for real. Also now I totes want to do something for St. Pats!

  9. I love anything made with beer and so your recipe was calling my name straight out of the shoot. It’s been the craziest winter here in Iowa. It was cold in January .. so I made soup. In February it was warm .. so I made salads. It’s March and snowing .. so I’m back to soup again. Pinning your recipe for this weekend. Even if it warms up again .. it’ll be on our stovetop!

    • It’s funny because I don’t drink beer, but I think it makes an excellent ingredient in breads, soups, fondues, and this. So I agree!
      It’s still cold here, although not today, but I can’t wait to shift toward warm weather foods.

  10. Your beef stew looks delicious!!! We usually don’t have any special plans for St. Patrick’s Day. But I have checked out some St. Patrick’s day books for us to read though so that should be fun.

  11. Oh, my, yum. Saving this recipe for later. I actually do corned beef in the crock pot, but this year I’m doing it on Thursday instead of Friday, because I’m a rebel like that. And Thursday is my crock pot day :)!

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