There’s no better comfort food than a good, hearty stew and this beef and Guinness stew might just be the best of them all. The Guinness gives the sauce a fantastic rich, deep flavour, and the beef is melt in your mouth tender. Even though it takes a while to slow cook, it’s very easy to make. So, what are you waiting for? Get stuck in with this delicious meal.
Beef and Guinness stew
- Cut the beef into 5cm chunks, pat dry and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Use a heavy based pot over a high heat to warm up the olive oil. Add the beef in batches and brown well all over. Take out of the pot and put onto a plate, repeat with the rest of the beef.
- Reduce the heat to medium, if the pot is looking dry, add more oil. Cook the garlic and onion for 3 mins until soft, then add the bacon.
- Cook until the bacon is browned, then stir through the carrot and celery.
- Add flour and stir for 1 min to cook off the flour. Pour in the Guinness and chicken broth/stock and add the tomato paste. Mix well and add the bay leaves and thyme.
- Put the beef back into the pot (including any juices), the liquid level should just cover the meat.
- Cover the pot and lower the heat so it is bubbling gently. Cook for 2 hours, take off the lid and leave to simmer for another 30-45 mins or until the beef falls apart to the touch and the sauce has reduced and slightly thickened.
- Skim the fat on the surface if desired, adjust salt and pepper to taste and take out the bay leaves and thyme. Prepare to serve with your chosen sides.
- 2 tbsp of olive oil
- 1.25kg of braising beef
- ¾ tsp each of salt and black pepper
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 onions, chopped
- 180g of bacon, diced
- 3 tbsp of flour
- 440ml of Guinness beer
- 4 tbsp of tomato paste
- 3 cups (750ml) of chicken stock/broth
- 3 carrots, peeled and cut
- 2 large celery stalks, cut into 2cm pieces
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 sprigs of thyme
What to serve with beef and Guinness stew
There are a few different options when it comes to the perfect sides to serve with a beef and Guinness stew. A couple of our favourites are:
- Creamy mashed potato
- Cauliflower mash (for a low carb option)
- Warm crusty Irish soda bread
- Fresh French baguette