Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Stew


This slow cooker Guinness beef stew is a recipe my husband got from one of his co-workers. He absolutely loves this!

close up view of Guinness Beef Stew with carrots, potatoes and meat in a pot
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 45 mins


  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 3 pounds boneless beef chuck, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • 1 large yellow onion, coarsely chopped

  • 1 (15 ounce) can Irish stout beer (e.g. Guinness®)

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can beef broth

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 pound round red potatoes, halved

  • 3 carrots, cut into 1-inch chunks

  • 1 (17.5 ounce) package frozen puff pastry, thawed and cut into quarters (Optional)


  1. Combine flour, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish. Add beef pieces to flour mixture; toss to coat each piece evenly. Reserve remaining flour mixture for later.

  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, cook and stir beef in hot oil until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes per batch. Transfer beef to a slow cooker.

  3. Cook and stir onion in the same skillet over medium heat until golden, about 5 minutes. Add beer and garlic; bring to a boil for 1 minute, scraping browned bits of food from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Pour onion mixture into the slow cooker.

  4. Mix beef broth, parsley, thyme, and bay leaves into beef mixture in the slow cooker.

  5. Cook on Low until beef is almost tender, 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Sprinkle in reserved flour mixture; stir well. Add potatoes and carrots. Cook on High until potatoes are tender, about 1 hour.

  6. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  7. Cut puff pastry sheets into quarters and arrange on baking sheets; pierce each square several times with a fork.

  8. Bake in the preheated oven until golden and crispy, about 10 minutes. Ladle stew into individual dishes; top each with a pastry square.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

738 Calories
49g Fat
47g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 738
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 49g 62%
Saturated Fat 14g 71%
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 678mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 9mg 45%
Calcium 42mg 3%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 619mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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