Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Stew

by Erin

Beef stew is a great comfort food to thaw out your bones from the winter. Made even better when made in a slow cooker with Guinness stout beer. 

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Every year for St. Patrick’s Day I trust my slow cooker to make the corned beef. Since I’ve already shared 4 different versions of slow cooker corned beef, this year I expanded my slow cooker’s horizons with a Guinness beef stew. Of course I am still going to also cook corned beef but I may revisit one of my previous ones, probably the honey marmalade mustard version. It was the first one I ever made on my own and is still one of my favorites. Do you prefer corned beef or beef stew for St. Patrick’s Day?

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While the stew does get cooked in a slow cooker, the beef first is browned in a skillet so I hope you can forgive me for making you dirty up one more dish to make this recipe, not that it requires a whole lot to begin with just two bowl, a skillet, and the slow cooker. I’m pretty sure that after it’s done cooking you’ll forget all about the dishes anyway, whether that be due to wallowing in homemade beef stew or drinking too much Guinness. Don’t worry I won’t judge you either way – ’tis the season!

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Serves 4-6


2 lb. boneless beef chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

3 Tbsp olive oil

1 onion, finely chopped

3/4 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes, unpeeled, cut into 1-inch pieces

1/2 lb. carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

1 Tbsp tomato paste

1 Tbsp packed dark brown sugar

1 garlic clove, minced

1 sprig fresh thyme

1/2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley

2 cups low-sodium beef or chicken broth

1 (12 oz.) bottle Guinness stout beer


  1. In a large bowl, toss meat with flour, salt and pepper.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil. Place the meat in the skillet and brown, turning to cook until sides are brown and remove from heat.
  3. Into a lightly greased slow cooker, add onions, potatoes, and carrots. Top with browned beef.
  4. In a medium bowl, stir together the tomato paste, sugar, garlic, thyme, parsley, broth and beer. Pour over the beef. Add more liquid if necessary to just cover the meat. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 6 hours. Remove thyme sprig before serving.

Source: Adapted from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures and Tablespoon.

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Susan March 15, 2015 - 6:23 pm

Because I’ve recently had several disappointments using my slow cooker, I chose to make this on the stove top. It came out wonderfully flavorful. I will definitely be making this one again. I’ve been looking for quite a while for a good beef stew recipe, and with this one I’m sure I found it.

Zainab March 11, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Since I am not a fan of guiness, i think this is my best bet of getting some Irish in me! I am game for anything beef stew ;)

spiffycookie March 11, 2015 - 1:08 pm

I’m not a huge fan either honestly unless it’s in a mixed drink (like a car bomb or black velvet) or food.

Susan March 10, 2015 - 6:35 pm

Given that I just made your latest corned beef (but with potato and cabbage instead of rutabaga), I would choose the Guinness beef stew. I would also want to try this because I didn’t care much for the last one I tried. This one sounds really nice.

spiffycookie March 10, 2015 - 10:08 pm

Susan, I’m so excited to hear you made the corned beef! I hope you liked it and also hope that this stew lives up to your expectations when your previous one did not.

Joanne March 10, 2015 - 7:09 am

This STEW. Love the guinness infusion…you’ve done good!


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