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Irish Beef Stew

Irish Beef Stew Recipe

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What makes this an Irish beef stew is the use of Guinness Stout. This is now my favourite way of making beef stew because the beer not just adds flavour, it also tenderises the beef, as I noticed that they get more tender within a shorter time of stewing (I used a cheap but decent cut of “chunk tender” cut for the stew), as compared to cooking without beer.

Similar Recipe: Oven-Baked Beef Stew

The tomatoes balance and complement the bitterness of the Stout, and also gives the stew an attractive, rustic reddish hue. I love beef stew, not just because it is so delicious – but it is also super easy to cook and feed hungry people for an entire day with often with leftovers for the next day. This is a perfect laze-at-home weekend recipe. My kitchen is filled with a fantastic beef stew aroma as this stew was bubbling away in the oven.

Oven-baked Stew

My method of baking beef stew was taught by my friend Joyce. Instead of simmering over the stove top, the oven is used to bake the stew which is to me, the only method I used to cook such stews as I need not worry about watching the stove.

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61 Responses to “Irish Beef Stew”

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  1. Wendy — March 14, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

    When to add in the can of stout?


    • wiffy replied: — March 14th, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

      opps I forgot to mention, thanks for letting me know :p It’s at step 5 – I’ve amended the recipe.


  2. Wendy — March 14, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

    lolz.. ok. Got it. Thanks :D


  3. Joyce — March 14, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

    Gasp! Beer and wine in stew! Must be delicious and it looks real hearty. Comfort food!


  4. mochachocolatarita — March 14, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

    I totally get what you mean…most of the time, it tastes even better the next day!


  5. Lia Chen — March 14, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

    Looks so mouthwatering! Love to make beef stew at home. Can store it in the fridge for couple of days and tastes even better :)


  6. Tastes of Home (Jen) — March 14, 2011 @ 4:46 pm

    Perfect comfort food! Nothing like a good beef stew, have to try your version asap!


  7. Woolly — March 14, 2011 @ 4:58 pm

    Looks really yummy. But I’m lost in the ingredients. Ur fridge must be packed with all such good stuff.


  8. The Sudden Cook — March 14, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

    Looks super great. I love beef stew – I love it even more with bread. Something about tearing off a piece of bread and dunking it in the stew – yums!


  9. daphne — March 14, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

    stout and red wine? what a stew! I can see myself having bread or even mash potato with this!


  10. norma — March 14, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

    This is perfect for my Irish husband. Happy St. Patricks’ Day!


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