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Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew
with carrots and potatoes

Active: 20 minTotal: 6 hr 20 min

It's St. Paddy's Day so we brought you a classic Irish Stew, cooked in your slow cooker. Whether you add the Guinness and / or wine, you'll still be left with a lot of heartiness to warm you through this cold winter.
Smarts: Because beef does need a long time to really get tender, we think the best results can be achieved in a slow cooker, so we skipped the non-slow cooker directions on this one.


Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew:
  • Beef stew meat - 1 lb
  • Garlic - 3 cloves, minced
  • Onions - 1, chopped
  • Carrots - 2, chopped
  • Potatoes, russet - 2, peeled and chopped
  • Flour (opt) - 2 Tbsp
  • Cooking oil (opt) - 1 Tbsp
  • Tomato paste - 2 Tbsp
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 Tbsp
  • Beef stock / broth - 2 to 3 cups
  • Guinness (opt) - 1/4 cup
  • Red wine (opt) - 1/4 cup
  • Bay leaves - 2
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Peas (opt) - 1 cup

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Beef - Sprinkle with salt and pepper and tenderize. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)
  2. Garlic / Onions / Carrots - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  3. Potatoes - Prep as directed.


  1. Optional step: Toss meat with flour. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and then sear meat until browned on the outside.
  2. While meat is browning, mix together tomato paste, soy sauce, beef stock (use more if you like it more soupy than stewy) and Guinness & red wine (if using) in slow cooker.
  3. Transfer meat (browned or not) to slow cooker. Add garlic, onions, carrots, potatoes, bay leaves, and black pepper.
  4. Cook on low for 6 to 7 hours or high for 3 to 4 until meat is falling apart and tender.
  5. If using peas, microwave for ~1 minute and then fold them into stew.
  6. Remove bay leaves. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Enjoy!

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This meal has 81 reviews

Wonderful! Made exactly as written except used IPA instead of Guinness. I think Guinness would be even better, but didn't have on hand.

By: Camille
Posted: Apr 25, 2019
Diet: Original

I added the potatoes in during the last hour.

By: Michele
Posted: Jan 24, 2017
Diet: Original

It was tasty enough but it wasn't the hearty, stick to your ribs stew I was hoping for

By: Liz
Posted: Dec 28, 2016
Diet: Paleo

So good and have leftovers. Doubled potatoes and used 1.5 lb of stew meat. No red wine, just Guiness. Perfect for our late St. Patty's Day celebration.

By: Tami
Posted: Mar 20, 2016
Diet: Original

bland, added a lot of salt and pepper to it.

By: Tiffany
Posted: Mar 10, 2016
Diet: Paleo

Added 1 tsp Worcestershire and 1 tsp sugar, 1/4 c Guinness, and 14 oz (only) beef broth. I didn't precook beef. No peas Fabulous and flavorful.

By: Shira
Posted: Dec 16, 2015
Diet: Original