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.
Served this at an Irish themed dinner party. It was fan-tas-tic! I let everything sit in the crock pot all day and then, about 20 mins before dinner was to be served, ladled it out in a deep (large) corning ware dish and put a layer of phyllo on top. I then baked it for 20 mins or so at 350 to crisp the phyllo. It easily served eight of us and was delicious. There was enough leftovers for the four guys to have seconds of the stew (minus the "crust" as we finished that off rather quickly). Great recipe and I'll definitely serve it again!
Yummmm! This was very tasty. I was out of celery, so I skipped that bit and used a stout I had on hand other than Guinness. I also used 2 small mock tenderloin roasts and put this in a 350 degree oven for 2.5 hours. I normally am not a big fan of stew, but this one is wonderful! (It was a bit salty though, so next time I will omit the salt in the recipe and add it individually if needed)
I thoroughly enjoyed the recipe as the Guinness provides a deep, rich flavor. I halved the entire recipe, except the beer and it just fit in my large crockpot. An entire beer in a halved recipe was excellent. I think next time I will try the full amounts and just use two crockpots because my husband and I both thought this was one of the best recipes we've tried and the leftovers are just as excellent. Thanks for sharing c.walsh!
This was the best beef stew I have ever made and all my family members agree! It's soooooooo good!
I made this over the weekend for our office St. Patrick's Day lunch. I don't cook with a crock pot much so as a first time recipe I was hesitant. I had borrowed the crock pot. This is the most delicious, fool proof recipe, sure to please. There wasn't an ounce left in the crock pot after lunch. I would recommend this recipe to anyone even a novice like me. Enjoy and listen to everyone say. D E L I C I O U S.
Tasty! This is a very flavorful and hearty stew. We eat 'regular' stew often and this was a nice change. The spices and other add-ins gave the stew a wonderful and rich flavor. I served it with Beer Bread Beer Bread. We don't usually have beer on hand so I bought just one of the large 24oz. cans at the store rather than buying a six pack. I used half for the stew and the other half went into the Beer Bread recipe. It's definitely a keeper!
I hate beef stew, well I used to. My husband wanted me to make some I scoured the internet and stumbled upon this little jem. Let me start off by saying I am NOT a cook. My claim to fame in the kitchen when it comes to cooking is Spam sandwiches and one mean grilled cheese sandwich. I made this stew and it is amazing. I didn't use peas, I honestly forgot about them. I also forgot the tomato sauce so I just added a little extra beer and water and add a small amount of flour to thicken it up. Mind you, I just did all of this on the fly. I am a horrible cook but this recipe is amazing. I'm sure if you actually followed the recipe to the "T" it would be even better. My only complain and this one falls on myself is, I didn't cut the potatoes up small enough and some were still a little under done. Make this stew! You won't be sorry.