Slow-Cooker Irish Beef Stew
with carrots and potatoes
We've revised this hearty Irish stew to infuse it with more comforting and cozy flavor than the original version which was a hit back in 2015. This slow-cooker meal is sure to bring you luck and warmth this St. Patrick's Day and is great served alongside an Irish (or any!) beer.
- Onions, medium - 1, chopped
- Carrots - 1 lb, chopped
- Ginger, fresh - 2 tsp, grated
- Garlic - 3 cloves, chopped
- Beef stew meat, cubed - 1 lb
- Flour, all-purpose (opt) - 2 Tbsp
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Potatoes, russet - 1/2 lb, peeled and chopped
- Tomato paste - 3 Tbsp
- Soy sauce, low-sodium - 3 Tbsp
- Bay leaves - 2
- Thyme, dried - 1 tsp
- Red pepper flakes (opt) - 1/4 tsp
- Stock, low-sodium beef - 3 cups (sub any type stock)
- Beer, Guinness - 1/2 cup (sub stock)
- Peas, frozen or canned - 1 cup
- Onions / Carrots / Ginger / Garlic - Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Beef - Season with some salt and pepper and tenderize. Optional step: Toss meat with flour. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and then sear meat until browned on the outside. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)
- Slow-cook stew - Peel and cube potatoes. Combine tomato paste, soy sauce, bay leaves, thyme, red pepper flakes, stock and Guinness in the bowl of a slow cooker. Add onions, carrots, ginger, garlic, beef and potatoes. Cook stew until beef is tender, 7 to 8 hours on low (4 to 5 hours on high).
- When stew is almost finished cooking, drain peas (if using canned) or defrost in the microwave (if using frozen). Stir into stew and continue cooking for 5 minutes more.
- Remove bay leaves. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Enjoy!
Yum, this was hearty and comforting. Made this in the Instant Pot. Seared the meat on the saute function, then deglazed with the liquid and used the soup function for 30 mins and a natural release. Given reviewer comments, I greatly decreased the liquids in this and changed the ratio (1 cup of Guinness and 1/2 cup of stock) and it was the perfect consistency.0 Helpful
This was delicious, but definitely more like a soup than stew. Next time I will decrease the broth. I used Italian seasoning as I was out of thyme and it turned out wonderful. Also popped in frozen peas for the last hour without defrosting them and they turned out perfect.0 Helpful
I thought it tasted good. My husband and children did not like it at all. It was a busy weekday, and having it in the crockpot made it easy to eat when everyone was ready.0 Helpful
Dependable and hearty!0 Helpful
Loved this!0 Helpful
It tasted alright, but this recipe needs a rewrite. There was way wayyyy too much liquid and not enough crust. I was also confused whether it was meant to be crust on the top only or an actual pie. I ended up just putting the dough on top, but even then, my 1 package of 2 sheets of puff pastry dough did not cover it. I think it also needed a little more seasoning? It was a little plain, but edible.0 Helpful