Beef in Guinness (Stout beer)

Michelle Sebastian


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!

★★★★★ 12 votes
10 Min
2 Hr
Stove Top

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This is an exceptionally tasty way to cook beef and ensure that it comes out tender.  The Kitchen Crew and I loved this dish.


1 bottle
guinness stout beer (or as much as needed to cover beef)
2 1/2 lb
beef (stew or any you like)
2 large
6 medium
2 Tbsp
flour, seasoned
salt to taste
pepper to taste

How to Make Beef in Guinness (Stout beer)


  • 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

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About Beef in Guinness (Stout beer)

Course/Dish: Beef, Beef Soups
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Irish
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtag: #comfort-food