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beef in guinness (stout beer)

(13 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Michelle Sebastian
Washington, DC

My family is English, and this is a staple weekday meal on a cold winter night. Easy to prepare on a weekend for reheating during the week. You can double or triple the recipe. Make a huge pot because it saves well and reheats wonderfully. A bowl of this and soda bread - perfect! A bottle of Guinness to drink doesn't go wrong either!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

The beef in this stew recipe is cooked to tender perfection. There's robust flavor from the Guinness beer. Chunks of carrots and onions add a pop of sweetness and texture. A delicious St. Patrick's Day meal but simple enough you can make it all winter long. This is an exceptionally tasty way to cook beef and ensure it comes out tender.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(13 ratings)
yield 4 serving(s)
prep time 10 Min
cook time 2 Hr
method Stove Top

Ingredients For beef in guinness (stout beer)

  • 2 1/2 lb
    beef (stew or any you like)
  • 2 lg
  • 6 md
  • 2 Tbsp
    flour, seasoned
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 2-3 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 3 bottle
    Guinness stout beer (or as much as needed to cover beef)
  • 2 c
    beef broth
  • 2 c

How To Make beef in guinness (stout beer)

  • Cut beef, carrots, and onions.
    Prep Work: Cut beef into chunks. Peel and slice onions and carrots.
  • Toss beef in flour.
    Beef Prep: Toss beef in flour.
  • Brown the beef.
    Brown quickly in hot fat, olive oil, or butter; whichever you prefer.
  • Fry the onions.
    Remove the beef from the pan and add the onions. Fry the onions until transparent.
  • Add carrots and beef to the pot.
    Return the beef to the pan. Add carrots.
  • Add Guinness and remaining liquid to the pot.
    Add Guinness Stout beer (which you may cut with water if you prefer), beef broth, and water.
  • Simmering the stew.
    Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to "simmer", cover closely. Cook for at least 1 1/2 to 2 hours (the longer it cooks, the more tender the meat!). If you want to use a Dutch oven, slow cooker/Crock Pot (as some have suggested), check your slow cooker/Crock Pot instructions for converting the time needed to cook. Dutch oven should take a medium heat, require checking liquid level, and cook time to desired tenderness of beef - much like doing it on the stovetop.
  • Beef stew after it's cooked for 2 hours.
    Check throughout cooking time and top up the liquid, if necessary.