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Bowl of Guinness Beef Stew.

Guinness Beef Stew

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner/Entree
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Irish-Inspired


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
  • 23 pounds Country Natural Beef Steak Bites
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 23 large carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces and then halved
  • 23 stalks of celery, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 3 cups chicken or beef broth
  • 1 can (14.9fl oz.) Guinness beer
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 23 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons worsteshire sauce
  • 23 handfuls baby yukon gold potatoes
  • 10oz pearl onions, peeled


  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 
  4. Add garlic and diced onion. Move around the pan until the garlic is fragrant and the onion softens, about 1 minute.
  5. Add carrots and celery. Move around pan 1 minute.
  6. 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. 
  7. 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). 
  8. Cover and let gently simmer 2-3 hours. 
  9. About 20 minutes before you are going to serve, add the onions and cover to let simmer. 
  10. Taste and add additional salt, as-needed (how much you need will depend upon what brand of broth you used, etc.). 
  11. 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!