This stew is great for St. Patrick's Day. The mixture of the beef and Guinness is awesome! I usually add more beer than the recipe calls for. Serve with mashed potatoes.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
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Directions

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  • Toss the beef cubes with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Dredge the beef in this to coat.

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  • Heat the remaining oil in a deep skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the beef, and brown on all sides. Add the onions, and garlic. Stir the tomato paste into a small amount of water to dilute; pour into the pan and stir to blend. Reduce the heat to medium, cover, and cook for 5 minutes.

  • Pour 1/2 cup of the beer into the pan, and as it begins to boil, scrape any bits of food from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. This adds a lot of flavor to the broth. Pour in the rest of the beer, and add the carrots and thyme. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust seasoning before serving. Garnish with chopped parsley.

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Nutrition Facts

518.5 calories; 29.4 g protein; 14.2 g carbohydrates; 101.3 mg cholesterol; 160.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2008
I researched other recipes because I like this base and the flavors added guarantees an amazing turn out, and super easy! I added the following ingredients: 3 red potatoes diced, 1 celery stalk sliced, 6 oz tomato paste, 2 cloves garlic, 2 bay leaves, paprika, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauces, 1 cup organic beef stock, 4 slices bacon and a crock pot. You'll want to warm your crock pot before putting the stew in it. Take 1/3 cup flour (omit the 3 tablespoons vegetable oil) and place in gallon bag with meat, shake to coat and set aside. Cut bacon up and fry in pan with mix of butter and oil (1 tablespoon each). Remove bacon, save bacon fat in pan. Add meat and brown, add onions and saute with meat. Move meat, bacon and onions to crock pot. Deglaze hot pan with 1 can Guinness, 1 cup beef stock, and 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce, add to crock pot. Add all other ingredients and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Check the liquid level, I had to add a total of 2 more cups beef stock while it was stewing. The kicker, serve over Champ (mashed potatoes and green onions), and Irish soda bread (with raisins) to soak up the stew left in the bowl, there's no other way to get the full flavor! Enjoy! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
04/07/2011
WOW!! I have rated and reviewed about 50 recipes on this site and this was the very first recipe that I have had an extremely negative review. I didn't care for this recipe. Couldn't doctor it up in any way to make it better. This recipe was just a complete waste of my money. Read More
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  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 10
Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2008
I researched other recipes because I like this base and the flavors added guarantees an amazing turn out, and super easy! I added the following ingredients: 3 red potatoes diced, 1 celery stalk sliced, 6 oz tomato paste, 2 cloves garlic, 2 bay leaves, paprika, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauces, 1 cup organic beef stock, 4 slices bacon and a crock pot. You'll want to warm your crock pot before putting the stew in it. Take 1/3 cup flour (omit the 3 tablespoons vegetable oil) and place in gallon bag with meat, shake to coat and set aside. Cut bacon up and fry in pan with mix of butter and oil (1 tablespoon each). Remove bacon, save bacon fat in pan. Add meat and brown, add onions and saute with meat. Move meat, bacon and onions to crock pot. Deglaze hot pan with 1 can Guinness, 1 cup beef stock, and 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce, add to crock pot. Add all other ingredients and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Check the liquid level, I had to add a total of 2 more cups beef stock while it was stewing. The kicker, serve over Champ (mashed potatoes and green onions), and Irish soda bread (with raisins) to soak up the stew left in the bowl, there's no other way to get the full flavor! Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2008
I researched other recipes because I like this base and the flavors added guarantees an amazing turn out, and super easy! I added the following ingredients: 3 red potatoes diced, 1 celery stalk sliced, 6 oz tomato paste, 2 cloves garlic, 2 bay leaves, paprika, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauces, 1 cup organic beef stock, 4 slices bacon and a crock pot. You'll want to warm your crock pot before putting the stew in it. Take 1/3 cup flour (omit the 3 tablespoons vegetable oil) and place in gallon bag with meat, shake to coat and set aside. Cut bacon up and fry in pan with mix of butter and oil (1 tablespoon each). Remove bacon, save bacon fat in pan. Add meat and brown, add onions and saute with meat. Move meat, bacon and onions to crock pot. Deglaze hot pan with 1 can Guinness, 1 cup beef stock, and 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce, add to crock pot. Add all other ingredients and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Check the liquid level, I had to add a total of 2 more cups beef stock while it was stewing. The kicker, serve over Champ (mashed potatoes and green onions), and Irish soda bread (with raisins) to soak up the stew left in the bowl, there's no other way to get the full flavor! Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/06/2006
This is a good stew base - the consistency of the gravy was perfect - but it lacked flavor. I would recommend adding your preferred blend of spices as well as a little sugar to balance it out. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2005
This stew was the best! I only added half the beer it called for and added beef broth for the rest of the liquid. I filled the soup bowls with mashed potatoes and poured the stew on top. This will be the only way I make Stew from now on! Thank you so much:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2007
Awesome!! Made it for an irish-themed dinner and everyone loved it. Served it over Irish Champ and soda bread (both recipies from this site). Excellent! I don't like beer but it just gave it a nice flavor. Will use more beer next time actually. Definitely a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2010
I make a similar stew to this. i use this entire recipe but Instead of throwing all the meat in at once, brown it in small batches and DON'T add flour until last few minutes of final batch. Then remove meat and brown about 1 cup of very finely chopped onions, carrots, and clove of garlic over medium heat about 5-7 minutes stirring often. Use some guiness to loosen up the brown bits in the pan and add meat back to the stew and continue. The meat will brown way better in small batches (patience) and give more flavor instead of steaming in it's juices when you crown the pan. The idea is: little bit of meat = drier heat & inside doesn't overcook + outside crusty. The roasted veggies add a deep flavor that I love in most stews. I think it's a key step. Vary the amount to your liking. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2005
Great!! Very popular at the pot luck. We used 2 bottles of Guiness stout and a little extra cayenne salt and pepper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2006
This stew is delicious! Everyone (inlcuding me) raved about how wonderful the flavors were. I had to use dried thyme and a little extra beef but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. I served it in bowls on top of mashed potatoes with "Amazingly Easy Irish Soda Bread" (recipe on this site) to go with it. Incredible! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2006
hey this recipe was great. even if you're not big on dark beer. I added about 2 bottles of guiness plus a can of vegitable stock. then added more root vegitbles turnips in our case. try with boston brown bread for dinner. this is now a permanent addition to my fall/winter menu. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2007
I loved this recipe. I wanted to make my husband something fabulous for St. Paddy's day so I made this. It was so rich and tasty. We didn't have Guinness but had some Michelob AmberBock on hand and it worked so well! Also added fresh basil from the garden. Wonderful! I will definately make it again! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
04/07/2011
WOW!! I have rated and reviewed about 50 recipes on this site and this was the very first recipe that I have had an extremely negative review. I didn't care for this recipe. Couldn't doctor it up in any way to make it better. This recipe was just a complete waste of my money. Read More
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