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Guinness Irish Stew Recipe


With our daughter being almost 100% Irish, I do my best to keep the kids educated on their cultural background. I searched everywhere for a traditional Irish Stew recipe to make on St. Patrick’s Day, and most appeared a little too basic. I wanted to find a recipe that added some spices to give the dish some flavor so that the kids would eat it for dinner tonight. I ended up using a recipe from the “Rumford Complete Cookbook” (published in 1941) that I had found in a used book store. The only change I made to the recipe, was adding the Guinness to give it a little more flavor.

The result – not the best meal I have ever made – but extremely traditional.(Just keeping it honest here) When I asked all the kids to raise their hands if they thought dinner was yucky, I was the only one who raised their hand. If you are looking for a twist on a traditional Irish recipe, then give this one a try.


Guinness Irish Stew Recipe

  • 1 pound of stew meat
  • 4 stocks of celery
  • 4 large carrots
  • 4 red potatoes
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 2 cups of beef broth
  • 2 Tbl. of flour
  • 2 Tbl. of worcester sauce
  • 1 Tbl. of olive oil
  • 1 Tbl. of thyme
  • 1 Tbl. of tomato paste
  • (I didn’t add salt, but I would recommend it)


1. First mix flour, worcester sauce and meat into a bowl.

2. Cook the meat in the olive oil until browned.

3. Mix all the remaining ingredients and beef into a slow cooker.

4. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

5. Enjoy with fresh warm bread.

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