Guinness is the perfect addition to this hearty Irish stew. Using lamb or beef, this slow cooker recipe is simple comfort food at it’s finest.
Guinness. Who doesn’t love it? I don’t. While it is a staple in any Irish pub year-round, I pretty much only drink it on St. Patrick’s Day. When it comes to alcohol, I keep to white wine for the most part. Sauvignon Blanc in particular if you’re ever buying. If you happen to be getting a case (or two) of Guinness for St. Patrick’s day, set aside a pint (2 cups) for this recipe. It’s the key ingredient in my opinion.
If you really, really want to…you can skip the beer all together. You’ll still a nice stew. If you do chose to omit the beer then add an additional 2 cups of broth.
You can use lamb or beef. Traditional Irish stew uses lamb but I understand that can be a but pricey sometimes. As you can see I did not brown my meat beforehand. Most times I do not. Chalk it up to laziness. Most of the ingredients for this are very easy to find: potatoes, celery, carrots, onions, etc. This is a very simple stew recipe.
Personally I think you taste the beer flavor. It’s not overpowering but it’s there. If you make this, I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter.Print
- 2 lbs beef or lamb, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 3 1/2 cups low-sodium beef broth
- 1 1/2 lb potatoes, chopped
- 3 medium carrots, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 pint Guinness beer
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- Add all ingredients to the slow cooker.
- Stir to mix well.
- Cook HIGH 3-4 hours or LOW 8-9 hours.
Will you eat this with lamb or beef?