Beef in Guinness

"I make this for my in laws whenever they come to stay. Perhaps it will suit your own finicky relatives! Serve with mashed or boiled potatoes, and pickled beets if you have them."
photo by Marg (CaymanDesigns) photo by Marg (CaymanDesigns)
photo by Marg (CaymanDesigns)
Ready In:
1hr 45mins


  • 700 g braising steak, trimmed and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 medium onions, thickly sliced
  • 4 medium carrots, thickly sliced
  • 300 ml Guinness stout (you can drink the rest!)


  • Season flour with salt and pepper in shallow bowl or pan.
  • Coat beef pieces with flour mixture.
  • Heat oil in saucepan and fry meat and onions until lightly browned (about 4 or 5 minutes).
  • Add carrots to pan.
  • Pour in Guinness, and season to taste.
  • Bring to boil, then cover and simmer 1 hour 30 minutes or until meat is tender and gravy is thick and rich.

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  1. Momma Emi
    This is sooo good!!! I made this for my husband as he is a Guinness lover. I didn't think I would like it, but it was awesome. Even my one year old loved it! The Guinness makes a great gravy. I served this over garlic mashed potatoes.
  2. MrsO0110
    So easy and so good! I used Guinness draught because that was what we had around and it turned out amazing. I served it over garlic mashed potatoes and it made a perfect meal. This will be a regular Sunday dinner at our house!
  3. seymourchef
    Lovely, simple & tasty! Thanks
  4. Marg (CaymanDesigns)
    I made this for my Guinness loving Dad without much hope of liking it myself. I was surprised though because it was extremely tasty! I used stew meat and it cooked up extremely tender. I did have to add some flour water at the end to thicken up the gravy but that could be just personal preference of how we like our gravy. As suggested, I served with boiled new red potatoes and pickled beets. Dad and DH put there potatoes in a bowl with the meat and ate it like a stew. Mom and I ate them separately. Also made Guinness Beer Bread #55355 which rounded out the meal nicely. Thanks for a great recipe Ppaperdoll!!


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