Beef in Beer in the Slow Cooker


Delicious tender beef cooked in the slow cooker with beer, shallots, bacon, and mushrooms. The Guiness® makes a lovely gravy without tasting overly strong of beer. This is quite a meaty dish so would also be nice with potatoes and carrots added. I serve this with crusty French bread to mop up the juices. Hearty and warming to come home to. Cooks in 5 hours in the slow cooker; however it would not hurt it to be cooked all day.

close up view of beef in a beer sauce in a slow cooker
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 30 mins
4 servings


  • 4 teaspoons vegetable oil, divided, or as needed

  • 12 shallots, peeled and left whole

  • 1 pound cubed beef stew meat

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle Irish stout beer (such as Guinness®)

  • 2 onion, cut in half and sliced

  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed

  • 4 slices smoked streaky bacon, sliced into strips

  • 1 ½ cups fresh button mushrooms

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat slow cooker on Low.

  2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a skillet over medium-low heat and cook shallots until they are lightly browned, 5 to 10 minutes. Place in the slow cooker. Add beef to the same skillet and cook until meat is seared on all sides and browned, about 5 minutes. Add flour and mix well. Pour in beer and bring to a boil. Transfer beef-beer mixture to the slow cooker.

  3. Wipe out the skillet with a paper towel and add remaining 2 teaspoons oil. Add onion and cook until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and bacon and cook for 1 minute more. Transfer to the slow cooker. Add mushrooms and season generously with salt and pepper. Cover.

  4. Cook on Low until meat is cooked through, about 5 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

513 Calories
24g Fat
42g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 513
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 317mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 21mg 107%
Calcium 92mg 7%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 1059mg 23%

* 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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