Loz's Slow Cooked Irish Guinness Stew

"This is an all time favourite! NB (Including some review suggestions - THANKS!): #1 If you prefer fresher veggies (not the stew soaked kind), leave the celery, carrots and potato until the last 1.5 hours. #2 Pumpkin and sweet potato are nice in this too. (try not to exceed the level of the liquid) #3 As a poster suggested: throw some peas and / or corn kernels in at the end to freshen the stew #4 Dumplings can be added #5 Leave out the potatoes and serve on a bed of Mash - fab idea thanks! :) #6 Making a roux to thicken is also a good idea! #7 Enjoy!!! :)"
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Ready In:
8hrs 20mins




  • Stir in beer, stock, the garlic, carrots, celery, potato, bay leaves, thyme and rosemary to slow cooker.
  • Caramelise onions in butter and sugar in a saucepan then add to cooker.
  • Sprinkle meat lightly with 2 tbsp flour, salt and pepper. In batches, brown meat all over, mix all in to the slow cooker. Set on Auto or Low for 8 hours, or High for 4-5 hours.
  • After cooking, mix remaining flour and water in a cup and add to stew. Set on high and stir until thickened. Add parsley and serve with thick slices of Vienna Bread.
  • Sometimes you may need to add a bit more brown sugar if it has a bitter taste.

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  1. mhennessey
    Fantastic and easy to follow recipe. I added additional carrots and potatoes as well as a few parsnips. I omitted the thyme, bay leaf and parsley as I did not have them on hand. One tablespoon of fresh rosemary was sufficient. I used the pan that I had carmelized the onions in to sear the floured lamb. My one significant change was the thickening process. I removed 2 cups of liquid about 30 minutes before I was ready to serve. I melted 4 tbsp of butter in a saute pan and added 1/4 cup of flour to make a roux. I slowly added the 2 cups of reserved liquid and cooked until desired consistency. I then added the thickened liquid back to the crock pot and let it cook an additional 30 minutes. The family raved and it had a nice broth, not too thick but not thin like soup.
  2. hinalea
    Best Guinness stew recipe yet! I doubled the recipe (and put in even more carrots and potatoes) and used a large bottle of Guinness extra stout - do not use the canned Guinness (with the CO2 widget) it does not give the right flavor. Compared to other recipes that don't include the sugar or beef stock but have tomato puree - this one is much heartier.
  3. swissms
    Very good and easy. I substituted Guinness draught because that is what I had on hand. The recipe directions state to add thyme but it is not listed in the ingredient list...I guessed and added 1 t. dried thyme. I also added 2 bay leaves. I added some chopped celery with the onions and carrots. I omitted the potato and instead served the stew over mashed potatoes. I could detect the taste of flour in the stew so next time I will make a roux rather than just adding flour. Great recipe!
  4. KLBoyle
    We really loved this! I did omit the celery as personal preference but otherwise made as written. The only problem I had was that my slow cooker was just a tad too small for all of the liquid (I think it's a 4 quart?) and while it looked like it would be okay at first, it quickly started spilling over and made a giant mess. I transferred everything to a stock pot and cooked on low for several more hours. It was a bit of a pain but ultimately it turned out great and we had a wonderful dinner! Thanks for posting!
  5. rokeedy
    After reading the current reviews, I thought to give this a try and it turned out amazing for my first shot! Very tasty! Great recipe I will make again and again! Thanks for the tips everyone!


  1. Lisa P.
    Yummy! It was soupy even after adding the flour/water mixture. I would just add the flour next time. I used a pork tenderloin instead of beef. I added a sweet potato also.



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