Beef and Guinness Stew over mashed potatoes in a white bowl with a spoon and a sprig of thyme

Beef and Guinness Stew

  • Author: Mary Ann
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


This delicious Irish beef stew made with Guinness® stout beer is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.



  • 2 lbs. beef stew meat, cut into 1” cubes
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 11/2 11.2 oz. bottles Guinness® stout beer
  • 3 large carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme (or 1 sprig fresh thyme)
  • Prepared mashed potatoes


Place beef cubes into a large bowl and drizzle with 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Mix well. In a separate dish, combine flour, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper; mix well. Sprinkle flour mixture over beef mixture and toss to coat. Heat remaining oil in a large fry pan or Dutch oven. Add beef and cook on medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until browned. Add chopped onions and minced garlic and cook until onions are tender-crisp. Add 1 bottle of stout beer to pan and stir, scraping any food from the bottom and sides of the pan. Add tomato paste and stir until well blended. Add carrots, thyme, and remaining stout beer. Cover and cook at a simmer for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve over mashed potatoes.

  • Category: stew
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Irish


  • Calories: 614

Keywords: beef stew, beef and guinness stew, guinness, stout, irish, stew, potatoes