Guinness Braised Beef Stew


Now you may have seen this recipe before, so I apologize if that’s the case!  But there are some recipes that I feel deserve a second chance in the spotlight.  This is one of them!  And the timing is perfect for dinner planning for St. Patrick’s Day!


Plus, for whatever reason, I kind of feel like this recipe was under-appreciated!
But it’s ah-ma-zing!


It’s hearty, rich and full of beef flavour!
Sop up the gravy with mashed potatoes or popovers and you have the most amazing dinner!


Guinness Braised Beef Stew


Guinness Braised Beef.  Just say that out loud.  Guinness. Braised.  Beef.  Oh yah.
Tender, delicious beef in a hearty gravy.  Heaven on Earth!


This dish is perfection to serve for St. Patty’s.
It combines two of my favourite things:  beef and beer.
Yes I like beer.  I am not ashamed.  😉


Guinness Braised Beef Stew



Guinness Braised Beef Stew

Course Beef
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 6


  • 4 1/2 lb top sirloin beef roast trimmed and cubed
  • 4-5 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp oil vegetable or olive oil
  • 4-5 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 large onions chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups beef stock
  • 1 1/4 cups Guinness beer
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp prepared mustard
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 tsp basil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt
  • pepper


  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Heat about 2 tbsp cooking oil in a frying pan (medium to high heat)
  3. Dredge your cubed beef in flour. When the oil is hot, add the beef to the frying pan, and brown on all sides. Don't overcrowd the beef, so you may have to cook it in batches (and you may have to add more oil). Also be careful not to overcook it, you just want to brown the beef!
  4. When the beef is browned, put it into an oven proof dish.
  5. In the same pan that you browned the beef, add the onions and garlic, and cook until soft. Don't worry about the messy pan, you want all that stuff in there - it adds great flavour!
  6. Once the onions and garlic are soft, add the stock, beer, vinegar, sugar, mustard, cloves, salt & pepper, basil and bay leaves. Bring to a boil.
  7. Then pour the liquid over the beef, cover, and transfer the dish to the oven.
  8. Bake until the beef is tender - about 1 to 1½ hours. Stir a couple of times during cooking.

Recipe from the haggis and the herring


  • If you find that your gravy is too thin, and would like to thicken it up, I like to mix in 1-2 tbsp of kneaded butter.  Kneaded butter is equal parts flour and butter, mixed into a paste.  This is a trick I learned from the Joy of Cooking.  Don’t add too much or your gravy will taste of flour.

Guinness Braised Beef Stew

This stew is delicious with mashed potatoes or my yummy popovers!  We prefer popovers like the ones pictured below!  Yum!



And for dessert, serve it with my Stout Chocolate Cake!

Stout Chocolate Cake
Have a delicious day!

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  • Reply Lucy February 28, 2013 at 6:49 PM you know we just had dinner and seeing this makes me want to eat all over again.... you are so great at what you do...xo
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