Guinness Beef Stew with Mashed Potatoes

Guinness Beef Stew with Mashed Potatoes

This beef stew is made with stout Guinness that adds a deep flavor to the gravy. Serve over mashed potatoes for a St. Patrick's Day dinner.

When I was in Ireland over 10 years ago, Guinness was available everywhere. It’s brewed in Dublin, so we had to go to a pub and get some while we were there. None of my family really drinks alcohol much, but when in Ireland….

My mom won a trip with her business to Dublin for a few days, so she brought my dad as her guest, and paid for flights for my aunt to go with my sister and me. We went to London and Paris as well, but all fell in love with Dublin. The people were so friendly, the city seemed very clean, and we had a wonderful time.

My mom, me, and my sister having a Guinness in Dublin (October 8, 2009)

While I am not a huge fan of beer in general, it does add a lot of flavor to meat and is great in recipes. With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, we decided we needed to make something using the iconic Irish beer. And what’s more Irish than a meal of meat and mashed potatoes with a Guinness gravy?

Even though I don’t drink, Justin does like Guinness. When I said I needed some for the recipe, he made the sacrifice of finishing the others in the pack so they wouldn’t go to waste. I kept reminding him, though, that he couldn’t drink it all because I needed some for the recipe.

Step by Step

In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, warm 2 tbsp of oil. Place the meat in the pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper then brown for 5-8 minutes. The meat will not be cooked through. Meanwhile, coarsley chop the onion.

Transfer the meat to a large stockpot then place the onion in the skillet. Cook the onion in the fat from the meat for 5 minutes.

Add the garlic and Guinness to the onions and cook for another 5 minutes.

Stir the onions, garlic, and Guinness into the meat in the stockpot.

Add the carrots, celery, and cover with beef broth. Season with sugar, thyme, salt, and pepper.

Set the heat to low and simmer for two hours. Stir occasionally to make sure nothing burns to the bottom.

After two hours, raise the heat to medium-high. In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch into the water, then pour that into the stew.

Cook another 10-15 minutes to allow the stew to thicken. Meanwhile, make the mashed potatoes according to the directions. Serve the stew over a bed of mashed potatoes.

Recipe

Guinness Beef Stew with Mashed Potatoes

Guinness Beef Stew with Mashed Potatoes

This beef stew is made with stout Guinness that adds a deep flavor to the gravy. Serve over mashed potatoes for a St. Patrick’s Day dinner.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef, guinness, stew
Servings: 6 servings
4.5 from 4 votes

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lbs beef stew chunks
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp pepper
  • 2 onions
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 12 pz Guinness beer
  • 3 carrots
  • 5 stalks celery
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 cups mashed potatoes

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil
  • Add the beef chunks, seasoning generously with salt and pepper
  • Brown the meat for 5-8 minutes (the meat will not be cooked through)
  • Meanwhile, coarsely chop the onions
  • Transfer the meat to a large stockpot
  • Place the onions in the skillet with the fat from the meat and saute for about 5 minutes
  • Add the garlic and Guinness to the onions and cook for 5 minutes
  • Pour everything from the skillet into the stockpot with the meat
  • Slice the carrots and celery and add to the stew
  • Cover everything with beef broth and season with sugar, thyme, salt, and pepper
  • Set the heat to low and simmer for two hours, stirring occasionally to prevent anything from sticking to the bottom of the pan
  • After two hours, raise the heat to medium-high
  • In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch and water together and pour it into the stew
  • Cook the stew for about 10-15 minutes so it thickens
  • Meanwhile, prepare the mashed potatoes according to the directions
  • Serve the stew over a bed of warm mashed potatoes
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Nutrition Facts
Guinness Beef Stew with Mashed Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 384 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 93mg31%
Sodium 2152mg90%
Potassium 1058mg30%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 5300IU106%
Vitamin C 23.9mg29%
Calcium 84mg8%
Iron 4.1mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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28 thoughts on “Guinness Beef Stew with Mashed Potatoes”

  1. I’ve never even thought to make beef stew this way. My husband would love this. Beef stew has to be his favorite meal. I just love all your recipes, I’ve saved a lot of them.

    1. I’m not always the biggest fan of beef stew, ever since I was pregnant and the smell just made me nauseous. But, my husband also loves it and I was able to enjoy it again with this recipe.

  2. I love beef stew! And I’m not a fan of beer either, but I hear they are amazing for recipes. Thank you for sharing. This looks so good!

    1. You don’t taste the actual beer in recipes like this, otherwise I wouldn’t eat them. The beer just adds a richness to the stew that would be missing without it. The alcohol cooks out of it and leaves you with the stout flavor.

    1. I haven’t tried it with other beers, but you would want one that’s considered a dark, stout beer. A light beer wouldn’t work to give it the rich flavor like a dark one would.

    1. This was the first time for me in years. I made it once when I was pregnant and just the smell turned my stomach. I hadn’t made one since until I tried this, and my oldest son is 5 years old!

  3. This looks so good, perfect for St. Patty’s Day! Especially since it’s still so cold here in the DMV.

    1. Our weather has been up and down lately. Supposedly St. Patrick’s Day is the last chance of freeze for us in Houston (it’s when we plant our garden) but it’s still going to be cold this year for the holiday.

  4. Melanie williams

    Ooo what a warm and hearty meal. this looks like it is all about comfort food. Ideal for the upcoming St Patricks day celebrations xx

  5. I love Guinness but have never cooked with it! This looks like such a flavorful and yummy dish. Anything with mashed potatoes is worth trying. I’m 😀

    1. This was the first time I cooked with Guinness. It’s one of my husband’s favorite beers. I’ve used other beers in recipes before, and it always adds such a rich flavor to the meal.

  6. This looks delicious! I have never cooked with beer before, my husband usually drinks all of it. But it’s totally something I would try. That’s awesome that your Mom won a trip and brought you all along!

    1. I have cooked with beer a few times before, but this was the first time I remember using Guinness. My husband tends to drink it, too. I had to keep reminding him that I needed one bottle for the recipe! He wanted some empty bottles for the photos, so helped me out with that part!

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