Pan-seared beef and bacon are cooked with a melody of veggies and herbs in a savory Guinness stew. Makes for a delicious dinner or pure fall comfort food!

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About Stovetop Beef and Guinness Stew

I know I’ve been slacking on the savory recipe front lately (hey, it’s “The Holidays” – my brain seems to be hardwired to only think of sugar right now) but I’m still doing my best to fit in some dinner-worthy recipes for you guys.

And speaking of The Holidays, I’m sure many of you have begun the annual task of reaching deep in the back of your cabinets, searching for all the canned holiday foods left over from last year (pumpkin puree, cranberry sauce, etc). It was during one of these food-diving excursions that I discovered we still had four untouched bottles of Guinness beer.

Now, I’ll be honest: an old friend of mine and I aren’t big fans of drinking Guinness beer, but I do love it in food, whether it be cooked in a a dish or baked. This particular batch of Guinness was left over from when I made Dark Chocolate Guinness Bread, and with bottled beer only having a shelf life of six to nine months, I knew I needed to make something with it – and fast.

Thankfully, I had a dish on my to-make bucket list that would end up being the perfect fit: Beef and Guinness Stew.

Stovetop Beef and Guinness Stew! Pan-seared beef and bacon are cooked with a melody of veggies and herbs in a savory Guinness stew. Makes for a delicious dinner or pure fall comfort food! | HomemadeHooplah.com

I’ve wanted to try my hand at making this stew for a while, but truth be told, I thought this would be a dish more up an old friend of mine’s alley than mine. He’s usually the red meat fan in the house, and though I certainly don’t dislike red meat, I find that the older I get the less of it I eat. I suppose it’s just one of “those things” that randomly change about us as we get older.

Except…  then I tasted this stew. And suddenly I remembered all the reasons why I used to love a big, wholesome plate (or in this case, bowl) of red meat and veggies.

Maybe I’ve just been out of “the red meat game” for far too long, but you guys, this was seriously the best stew I’ve ever tasted, and the chunks of beef were the very best part.

Stovetop Beef and Guinness Stew! Pan-seared beef and bacon are cooked with a melody of veggies and herbs in a savory Guinness stew. Makes for a delicious dinner or pure fall comfort food! | HomemadeHooplah.com

Everything in this stew was deliciously tender, from the beef to the celery to the potatoes, and the flavor was really amazing – rich and dark and just plain good.

In fact, this is easily one of my favorite recipes so far of 2016. My brain may be hardwired for all things sweet right now, but I’m still completely in tune with fall and all of my comfort food needs, and this stew was a perfect fit.

Add in the fact that an old friend of mine and I were able to enjoy hot bowls of this stew on our back porch with an ever-so-slightly-chilly wind blowing? It was fall perfection!

notes & tips for this guinness stew

Stovetop Beef and Guinness Stew! Pan-seared beef and bacon are cooked with a melody of veggies and herbs in a savory Guinness stew. Makes for a delicious dinner or pure fall comfort food! | HomemadeHooplah.com

Recipe Details

Stovetop Beef and Guinness Stew! Pan-seared beef and bacon are cooked with a melody of veggies and herbs in a savory Guinness stew. Makes for a delicious dinner or pure fall comfort food! | HomemadeHooplah.com
4 from 7 votes

Stovetop Beef and Guinness Stew

20 mins prep + 2 hrs 30 mins cook
474 kcal
Yields: 6 servings
Pan-seared beef and bacon are cooked with a melody of veggies and herbs in a savory Guinness stew. Makes for a delicious dinner or pure fall comfort food!

Ingredients 

  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 lb beef chuck, (or type of your choice) cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 pinch salt, or to taste
  • 1 pinch black pepper, to taste
  • 2 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced
  • 15 ounce Guinness, or other dark beer
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 4 springs fresh thyme
  • 3 large carrots, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 3 stalks celery, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 lb baby potatoes, about 4-6 potatoes, cut into quarters
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, (optional)

Instructions

  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook bacon for 3-4 minutes or until bacon begins to brown. Scoop out bacon and transfer to a 6 quart stockpot Leave bacon grease in the skillet.
  • Season cut beef with salt and pepper (to taste) then add beef to the skillet. Brown beef for about 5 minutes, making sure to sear all sides. Scoop out beef and transfer to the pot with the bacon. Continue to leave grease in the skillet.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add onions to skillet. Cook for 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add garlic to skillet and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add beer to skillet and stir until combined with the grease, scraping up any bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Pour onion & beer mixture into the pot with the bacon and beef. Add carrots, celery, tomato paste, thyme, sugar, and chicken stock, then stir.
  • Bring stew to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook stew for 1 hour. Remove lid and add potatoes to pot. Cook stew for 1 more hour, uncovered.
  • If you'd like a thicker stew, add in 1 tablespoon of flour to the broth and stir thoroughly. Let stew cook for an additional 15 minutes, uncovered.
  • Serve stew immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 474kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 500mg | Potassium: 1126mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 6320IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 4.4mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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32 comments

    • Kate Hackworthy
    • 5 stars

    I bet the guinness adds a wonderful rich flavour to the stew!

    • Aimee Shugarman
    • 5 stars

    This turned out so flavorful. A winner at our house!

    • Trang
    • 5 stars

    It’s the perfect season to get cozy with some beef stew, thank you for sharing!

    • Demeter
    • 5 stars

    What a cozy recipe to keep us all warm during these frigid temperatures!! Love that this recipe includes so many veggies and spices!

    • Becca
    • 5 stars

    This looks amazing! All those veggies 😋

    • Nihal

    yum yum ! look very delicious , absolutely I will try it .
    keep up chef ^_^

    • Pam

    Hi Chrisy, do you think I can just put everything together in a slow cooker and let it simmer all day?

    • Hey Pam! I know I’ve seen slow cooker Guinness stew recipes, so I think this should be fine. I haven’t done it myself so I’m not 100% sure on the recommended cook time.

    • Chrishelle

    This recipe is just what my fall menus needed. I love soups and stews this time of year. I really needed a good stove top stew recipe. Definitely trying this one.

    • Thanks, Chrishelle! If you make it, I hope you like it 😀

    • rika

    I love beef stew.. this recipe looks so delicious and perfect for fall season

    • CourtneyLynne

    Omg can we say yum? Now that it’s fall I’ve been all about soups and stews. Must give your recipe a try!

    • krystal

    This sounds REALLY good. I know that it would be awesome for a St Patricks Day party too. It looks all warm and cozy for cool fall nights!

    • Dana

    This is what I call the perfect comfort food! It looks delicious – perfect for Fall too!

    • Jeanine

    Wow that looks super delicious and really filling. Ultimate comfort food right there, would love to give this a try!

    • Tammileetips

    My an old friend of mine is obsessed with Guinness beer!! This stew would be right up his alley especially with the cooler weather approaching.

    • Right? It’s the perfect fall comfort food!

    • Pam

    I am not a big fan of drinking beer, but I do enjoy the taste in soups, stews and breads. Go figure. I can’t wait to try this myself. Sounds perfect for a fall evening!

    • Donna Ward

    Love these great savory stews – especially when the meat is tender and the flavor is juicy! Making me want to put this one together – Thank you! 🙂

    • Heather

    It looks so hearty and delicious! Definitely nice on a cold winter’s day. Made with Guinness sounds like a nice twist.

    • Thanks Heather! The Guinness is definitely the star here 😀

    • Stephanie Jeannot

    Sound delicious. Like a burger in a soup. I think this would be great for the winter time.

    • Now you’ve got me thinking about burger soup 😀 But yes, comfort food like this is perfect for chilly weather!

    • Jacqui @FlightsFancyMom

    I’ve never tried my hand at stew. Not sure why. It’s the perfect fall/winter dish! Your soup looks so hearty! I love it. And never would have thought to try it with beer! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks Jacqui! This is definitely the best season for a good stew – the perfect time to give it a shot! 😀