Guinness Beef Stew is a cozy and delicious recipe that is perfect for St. Patricks Day! Serve over mashed potatoes!
Best Ever Guinness Beef Stew
We are big fans of St. Patrick’s Day around here (hello Corned Beef and Cabbage) and cozy and delicious stew is perfect for this time of year! Love the depth of flavor created by the high-quality meat (thank you Country Natural Beef!) and that Guinness (you can’t taste any beer flavor – promise). It’s amazing and I cannot wait for you to make it!
Country Natural Beef is 100% owned by family ranchers and is G.A.P. Step 4 Animal Welfare Certified which means that their animals are pasture-raised, fed a vegetarian diet, provided a safe and enriched environment and never receive antibiotics or added hormones. They also happen to be a Whole30-Approved partner! And I have to say, this is honestly the best beef I have ever tasted. You truly can tell the difference and I am so proud to be partnering with them today!
Why This Recipe Works
- High-quality beef: the meat you use really does make a difference!
- Guinness: after simmering for a couple hours the beer meshes perfectly with the other ingredients resulting in a flavorful stew!
- Simmer: simmering the beef for a couple hours results in a soft and tender meat.
Guinness Beef Stew Ingredients
- pancetta: we add in just a little extra fat with the pancetta – plus we use the rendered fat to sear the beef in.
- kosher salt + ground black pepper: make sure you season the steak bites!
- Country Natural Beef Steak Bites: love using these in recipes (See: Easy Beef Curry).
- garlic + yellow onion: these add flavor!
- carrots + celery: gotta have some veggies in your stew. Feel free to use parsnip or any other veggies you want.
- broth: you can use chicken or beef broth here – I used chicken.
- Guinness beer: recipe calls for one can. You can use regular or the non-alcoholic version.
- bay leaves + fresh thyme + tomato paste + worcestershire sauce: these add so much flavor!
- baby yukon gold potatoes + pearl onions: gotta have some potatoes and onions!
How to Make Guinness Beef Stew
Start by using high-quality meat such as Country Natural Beef!
Remove steak bites from package and place on a plate. Pat dry and season.
Cook pancetta so the fat renders.
Remove pancetta and sear steak bites in it.
Remove pancetta and add in garlic, onion and veggies.
Add remaining ingredients (add back in the pancetta and seared beef).
Cover and let simmer!
Taste and adjust seasoning, as desired.
Serve with mashed potatoes.
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Guinness Beef Stew – a cozy and delicious Guinness Beef Stew recipe that is perfect for St. Patricks Day! Serve over mashed potatoes!
- 4oz pancetta, cubed
- kosher salt + ground black pepper
- 2–3 pounds Country Natural Beef Steak Bites
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 2–3 large carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces and then halved
- 2–3 stalks of celery, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 3 cups chicken or beef broth
- 1 can (14.9fl oz.) Guinness beer
- 2 bay leaves
- 2–3 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons worsteshire sauce
- 2–3 handfuls baby yukon gold potatoes
- 10oz pearl onions, peeled
- Place steak bites on a large plate. Pat dry with a clean paper towel. Season generously with kosher salt and ground black pepper. Set aside.
- Bring a 5.5qt Dutch Oven to medium-high heat. Add pancetta and move around the pan 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium and let the fat render, about 3-5 minutes (moving the pancetta around every so often). Use a slotted spoon to remove the pancetta and place on a plate; set aside.
- Turn heat back up to medium-high. In batches, sear both sides of the steak bites in the rendered fat. Remove from pan and set aside on a plate.
- Add garlic and diced onion. Move around the pan until the garlic is fragrant and the onion softens, about 1 minute.
- Add carrots and celery. Move around pan 1 minute.
- Add 1/4 cup of the broth to deglaze the pan. Use a spatula to scrape up any bits from the bottom of the pan.
- Add the remaining broth, beer, by leaves, fresh thyme, tomato paste, worsteshire, potatoes, pancetta and steak bites (along with any juices that have settled on the plate).
- Cover and let gently simmer 2-3 hours.
- About 20 minutes before you are going to serve, add the onions and cover to let simmer.
- Taste and add additional salt, as-needed (how much you need will depend upon what brand of broth you used, etc.).
- Serve over mashed potatoes (we love these).
- Steak Bites: alternatively you could use Country Natural Beef’s sirloin steak and cut into 1 inch pieces.
- Broth: I used chicken broth in the photos, I personally prefer the flavor.
- Beer: Guinness has a non-alchololic version of their beer if you prefer!
- Potatoes: feel free to omit the potatoes if you want – especially if you are serving over mashed potatoes – totally up to you.
- Firmer Veggies: if you like your veggies more firm then feel free to add the carrots and celery later on in the cooking process (maybe about 40 minutes before serving). Totally up to you!
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