Beef and Beer Stew
Beef and Beer Stew
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Beef and Beer Stew

30 MIN
3 H 15 MIN



  1. With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 165 °C (325 °F).
  2. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, brown the meat in the butter and oil. Season with salt and pepper. Keep the meat aside on a plate.
  3. In the same pan, brown the onion. Add oil, if needed. Sprinkle with the flour and stir to combine. Deglaze with the beer and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  4. Return the meat to the pan. Add the broth, turnips, and carrots and bring to boil. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and bake for 2 hours. Add the potatoes and prunes and stir to combine.
  5. Cover and cook for about 1 hour or until the potatoes are cooked and the meat is fork-tender. Add the parsley and adjust the seasoning. If desired, serve with sour cream. 


The classic "Irish Stew" was originally prepared with mutton, root vegetables, and water. After the great famine of 1845 and the emigration of a portion of the population, the dish evolved and includes ingredients easier to find in their new land, such as beef. Finally, we replaced the water with Guinness, the flagship beer of the Irish culture. For this recipe, you can substitute it with the beer of your choice.


  1. Great recipe, but do note that beef was the meat of choice before the great hunger. Cork in 1688 was dubbed the ox-slaying city when over 10000 bullocks were butchered. If you'd like to learn more, read Ireland's Green Larder by Margaret Hickey.

  2. LOVE IT!

  3. amazing

  4. I just made it!

  5. Best beef stew, I made it in slow cooker so after step 3 mixed all ingredients together in slow cooker. Substituted dates for the prunes.Cooked on low for 4 hrs,than on warm.

  6. This is my favourite beef stew recipe. I just wish I knew how to adapt it for the slow cooker!

  7. I bought dates instead of prunes for this recipe. Can I use it or just omit it.

  8. I think this is the best beef stew I have ever made. I didn't add the potatoes because I didn't have time so I served it over mashed potatoes. Excellent

  9. Best beef stew I have ever made. I just wish I knew how to adapt it for the slow cooker.

  10. This is very good; my husband loves it.

  11. Have made many a beef stew in my irish life, but this Ricardo is the best ........

  12. The family loves this!

  13. Excellent, even my pickiest of 4 kids loved it.

  14. I really love your recipes and your show. Can I make this in a slow cooker? How do I do this? Thank you, Sylvia

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