Rachael Ray's Guinness Beef Stew

This is the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, Irish or not!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Irish
Keyword classic recipe, comfort food, easy dinner recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 649 kcal
Author Stephanie


  • 1 ¼ pounds chuck beef stew meat cut into 1 ½ -inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup Guinness extra stout
  • 6 oz. tomato paste
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 pounds baby Yukon Gold potatoes cut in half
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Flat leaf parsley for garnishing
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  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and add the meat- brown on each side. If necessary, this can be done in batches.
  2. Add in the garlic and onions and sautee until they are softened, about 5 minutes or so. Pour in the beer and increase the heat to medium-high, bringing it nearly to a boil for about 10 minutes.
  3. Decrease the heat to medium/medium-low. Add the beef stock, water, tomato paste, sugar, thyme, Worcester sauce, and carrots. Let it simmer, uncovered, for at least an hour. The longer, the better!
  4. Add the potatoes and simmer for another 40 minutes, until the meat is tender and the potatoes are cooked through and soft.
  5. Discard the thyme, add pepper if desired, and pour into bowls, and dunk in some homemade Ciabatta bread! ;)

Recipe Notes

I like to throw some frozen peas into the soup at the end ;)

Also, I used a puff pastry to decorate the top- it’s fun to peel it off and dunk into the soup. To do this, take 2 frozen puff pastries and let them sit out at room temperature until softened up enough to unroll. Cut them in half. Fill 4 bowls with strew and top with the puff pastry, sealing along the sides and draping off the top. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Crack an egg and whisk in 1 tablespoon of water. Brush the top of the pastry with the egg wash and place in the oven until the top is golden brown, about 10-15 minutes or so.

Nutrition Facts
Rachael Ray's Guinness Beef Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 649 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 87mg29%
Sodium 2159mg94%
Potassium 2961mg85%
Carbohydrates 66g22%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 47g94%
Vitamin A 5770IU115%
Vitamin C 54.9mg67%
Calcium 196mg20%
Iron 16.5mg92%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.