Irish Stew Recipe

by Marie Williams on Mar 14, 2024

Irish Stew Recipe

This Irish stew is a blend of tender meat, carrots and potatoes, all simmered to perfection in a savory and complex beer broth. The perfect comfort food meal for a cold night!

When the weather turns chilly, you can never go wrong with a steaming hot bowl of soup such as slow cooker chill, ham and bean soup, and this hearty Irish style stew.


Irish stew with beer, tender beef, carrots and potatoes.


You can never go wrong with a good stew beef. It’s a one pot meal that is sure to please all your family and friends. This Irish stew features tender beef and vegetables flavored with stout beer and plenty of seasonings.


This dish is a meat and vegetable stew that is native to Ireland. Irish stews often contain some type of red meat, carrots, potatoes and other root vegetables. Irish stew can be made with lamb, mutton or beef. I’ve used beef for this version, but you can use lamb shank if that’s your preference.

Seared beef in a soup pot.



Irish stew starts with cubes of stew meat, which are browned in a pan. After the meat is golden brown, it’s time to add onions and garlic, which cook until softened. The next step is to stir in carrots, potatoes, tomato paste, beef broth, beer and seasonings. The stew is covered, then cooks in the oven for about 2 hours until the meat and vegetables are tender. Add a sprinkle of parsley, then serve and enjoy.


Beef, potatoes, carrots and tomato paste in a pot.



  • I used Ottawa Valley Meats packaged stew beef meat because saves on prep time.
  • Be sure to cut your vegetables and potatoes into large pieces so that they don’t get mushy during the long cooking time.
  • Choose your favorite Irish beer, I typically use Guinness.
  • Stew Beef can be stays fresh in the fridge for up to 3 days, and can be frozen for 2 months. Freeze the stew in an airtight container or resealable bag, then thaw overnight in the refrigerator and reheat on the stove top.


There are so many different ways you can alter this stew to customize it to your tastes!

  • Veggies: Add other vegetables to the mix such as peas, green beans, mushrooms, butternut squash or parsnips.
  • Potatoes: Instead of small yellow potatoes, try red potatoes, diced Russet potatoes or even cubes of sweet potato.
  • Bacon: Stir 1/2 cup cooked crumbled bacon into the stew at the end of the cook time for a smoky finish.
  • Meat: Instead of stew meat, try cooked and crumbled ground beef or cubes of lamb for a different flavor and texture.


Broth being poured into a pot of carrots, potatoes and beef.



This recipe can easily be adapted for use in the slow cooker. Brown the meat, onions and garlic, then place all of the ingredients in a crock pot except for the parsley. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Add the parsley, then serve.

A bowl of Irish stew garnished with parsley.


Whether you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day or simply looking for a dinner to please a crowd, this Irish stew will most definitely be a great choice.




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