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, triple the recipe and make a huge pot that saves well and reheats wonderfully. A bowl of this and soda bread - perfect! And a bottle of Guinness to drink doesn't go wrong either! Enjoy!
1prep work: cut beef into chunks; peel and slice onions and carrots
2beef prep: toss beef in flour and brown quickly in hot fat or olive oil or butter, whichever you prefer
3remove the beef from the pan and add the onions; fry the onions until transparent
4return the beef to the pan; add carrots and Guinness Stout beer (which you may cut with water, if you prefer)
5bring to a boil, reduce the heat to "simmer", cover closely, and 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/crockpot (as some have suggested), check your slow cooker/crockpot 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 stove top.
6check throughout cooking time and top up liquid, if necessary