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A bowl of comforting Irish beef stew.

Comforting Irish Beef Stew

  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: Approx. 8 servings
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Irish


Comforting Irish Beef Stew – a delicious Irish meal that is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any day!


  • 22.5 lbs beef or lamb (you could really use any cut you want, I used a nice beef roast), cut into large 1-2 inch chunks
  • 3 tablespoons ghee (use olive oil if dairy-free)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 large sweet yellow onion (or 1 small yellow onion) cut into wedges
  • 10 baby onions
  • 10 baby Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 1/2 russet potatoes, cut into large chunks*
  • 23 carrots, peeled and cut into medium chunks
  • 2 cups chicken or beef broth
  • 46 fresh sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sprinkle cut up beef (or lamb) with salt and pepper.
  3. Add ghee to dutch oven, melt and coat the pan.
  4. Add garlic and allow to cook until fragrant, approximately 1 minute.
  5. Add beef to pan and cook on medium high heat, searing all sides, and continuing to cook for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Add remaining ingredients and mix.
  7. Cover and place in the oven for 1.5 hours.
  8. Remove and taste; add additional salt or pepper to taste.
  9. Highly recommend serving over these mashed potatoes!


  • *Russet Potatoes: feel free to omit the russet potatoes if you are serving over mashed potatoes!
  • Thicker Broth: if you want a thicker broth, lightly coat the beef in arrowroot powder before you cook in ghee.
  • Beef Broth: for Whole30 just double check your beef broth ingredients!


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 304
  • Sugar: 10.7 g
  • Sodium: 526.1 mg
  • Fat: 8.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 29 g
  • Protein: 29.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 79.2 mg

Keywords: Irish stew, beef stew, healthy beef stew