A truly classic Guinness Irish Beef Stew, made long and slow with a touch of Irish beer, just like the women of Ireland did so long ago!
It's about that time of year when we celebrate all things Irish!
I've never been to Ireland though it is certainly on my bucket list. My great-grandmother was a migrant as a young girl from Ireland to Oklahoma and her parents participated in the famous Cherokee Strip Land Run of 1893 to stake a homestead claim for land. We think the strong persistence of the Irish people in my family tree deserve celebrating this St Patrick's Day!
St Patrick's Day is actually a day of feasting, celebrating the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and the heritage and culture of the Irish. You don't have to be Irish to take part, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day! So if you plan on having a feast at home this year I have the dish for you!
SLOW COOKER GUINNESS IRISH BEEF STEW
We just love a good stew and Irish stew is hearty and comforting. This version has all the traditional ingredients with an added touch of Guinness beer for a jazzed up version. The major plus is that it is made in the slow cooker. You can come home to a mouthwatering meal that is just irresistible!
It's full of big chunks of meat and vegetables with a hint of Guinness flavor in the broth. Pair this with my Pioneer Spotted Dog (Irish soda bread) for one fantastic meal, and the perfect way to celebrate!
Slow Cooker Guinness Irish Beef Stew
1 1/2 lb lean beef stew meat
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
3 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
3 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
½ large yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tablespoon tomato paste
2 1/2 cups beef broth
1 cup Guinness Extra Stout
Salt & pepper to taste
Saute meet either in your slow cooker (if available) or in a large skillet, add 2 tablespoons of oil and just brown meat over medium high heat, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper as it browns.
If browning in the skillet add beef to the slow cooker. Add potatoes, carrots, onion, garlic and tomato paste to the slow cooker. Then add the Guinness (including any foam that has formed) and the broth. Stir to mix slightly. Place lid on the slow cooker and set on high 4-5 hours or low 7-8 hours. Taste for seasoning and add additional salt and pepper if needed. Serve hot.