With my Irish father in town, I wanted a ready-made meal after a long day of sight-seeing. I chose a hearty beef stew and wanted to incorporate his favorite beer, Guinness. I was worried that we left it in too long, but after 10 hours on low and 2 hours on warm ( it was a long day of sight-seeing) it was still awesome! Makes a flavorful, thick sauce to dip bread in. I filled the crock pot to the top because I wanted enough for them to have lunch left-overs, so decrease the amounts if needed. Enjoy!
- 8 -10 red potatoes, skin on, quartered
- 6 carrots, peeled, sliced into thick chunks
- 2 stalks celery, cut in chunks
- 3 bay leaves
- 3 lbs stew meat, cubed (I used chuck)
- 1⁄2 cup flour
- 1 dash salt
- 1 dash pepper
- 1 dash garlic powder
- 2 -3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 4 large garlic cloves, minced
- 8 ounces baby portabella mushrooms, halved
- 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
- 10 3⁄4 ounces beef broth (I used consomme)
- 1 (13 g) envelope Lipton Onion Soup Mix
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon creole seasoning (Tony Chachere's)
- 1 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning (Mrs. Dash)
- 12 ounces beer (Guinness, draught or stout)
- 1 cup frozen peas, if desired
- Put potato, carrot, and celery chunks in the bottom of crock pot. Top with 2 bay leaves.
- Season flour with a dash of salt, pepper and garlic powder and coat the beef with the flour mixture. Heat a couple of tbsp of olive oil over med-high heat in a large skillet and add 1 bay leaf. Sauté beef in batches, just until browned.(It took me about 3 batches in a 12" skillet). Add more oil to pan as necessary for each batch. Remove and set aside.
- Add onion and garlic to the same pan and sauté over med heat for a few minutes, then add about half the can of beef broth to deglaze, scraping up the brown bits on the bottom of the pan. (That's Flavor!).
- Add meat and onions to crock pot, top with mushrooms.
- Mix remaining beef broth with tomato sauce, onion soup mix, remaining seasonings, and add to crock pot. Pour in most of bottle of beer (whatever fits, I had a few sips left for me).
- Cook 8 hours on low heat. Stir in frozen peas when done, they'll heat up on their own.
- Serve with crusty French bread!
- *Tony Chachere's and Mrs. Dash are my "go-to" seasonings for everything. You can use your favorite if these are not available.
I love this stew, it is the best I have ever had! Tried it both with Guinness stout and draught (and once with Murphy's Irish Stout, and using a stout beer is the way to go. Gives it a richer flavor, not that flavor is lacking in this recipe. Works great in a crock pot, but I love it in a cast iron dutch oven too! You can use it to brown the meat and add the other ingredients and just pop it in the oven, I did 3 hours at 300 degrees but I am sure time/temp can be successfully tweaked. Thanks c.walsh for this recipe, I have passed it on to many family members!
Wonderful! I have made many stews over the years but this one is definitely at the top of the list. The only change I made was that I used "beef onion soup" mix. I can't say enough good things about this stew! Definitely a keeper.
Fantastic! Everyone loved it and wanted more. I used only 2 bay leaves, regular white mushrooms, only one can of tomato sauce and forgot the peas. I cooked it in the crock pot on high for 5 hours. I only had cans of Guinness on hand and used a whole can (14.9 oz). I'll definitely make this again.