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Irish Beef Stew

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6 to 8 servings
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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a hearty bowl of Irish Beef Stew, a traditional and flavorful dish that combines succulent chunks of beef with carrots, potatoes, and onions, all simmered in a rich broth infused with Guinness stout. This comforting stew embodies the spirit of the Emerald Isle and is perfect for festive gatherings.

This hearty Irish stew is rich, flavorful, and comforting. The secret weapon? A cup of Guinness stout adds a deeper, more complex flavor. (You can’t taste the beer in the finished dish; it melds into the sauce.)

Try serving with a side of our dill and potato cakes or a big chunk of buttered Irish soda bread!

2 pounds lean beef stew or chuck, in 2-inch chunks
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
flour for dredging
2 tablespoons bacon drippings or vegetable oil
2 large yellow onions, chopped
1 garlic clove, finely minced (optional)
6 to 8 medium carrots, scraped and sliced
2 to 3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
2 to 3 turnips, peeled and cut into cubes (optional)
1 cup Guinness stout
1 cup beef broth
  1. Season beef with salt and pepper, then toss beef chunks in flour until well coated.
  2. In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, warm drippings, then brown beef in two batches. When all pieces are browned, remove the beef from the pan and set aside.
  3. Add onions and garlic to the Dutch oven and turn the heat down to medium. Cook until onions are translucent.
  4. Return the beef to the Dutch oven and add carrots, potatoes, turnips, stout, and broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for 2 hours or until beef is tender.
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