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Irish Beef Stew from Cork!

Updated: Jul 15, 2023

Irish Beef Stew

Warm, comforting, and packed with rich flavors, Irish Beef Stew is a traditional dish that brings comfort to the table. This beloved Irish recipe combines tender beef, root vegetables, and aromatic herbs, creating a delicious and satisfying meal. This recipe is sure to impress.

Ingredients :

For the Stew:

  • 2 pounds (900g) beef chuck roast, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into thick slices

  • 3 celery stalks, cut into thick slices

  • 4 potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks

  • 2 parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks (optional)

  • 4 cups beef broth

  • 1 cup Guinness stout (or dark beer of your choice)

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)

  • Salt and black pepper to taste

For the Garnish:

  • Fresh parsley leaves, chopped (optional)


1. Prepare the Beef:

  • In a large bowl, toss the beef cubes with 1 tablespoon of olive oil until evenly coated.

  • Season the beef with salt and pepper, then dust it with flour, shaking off any excess

2. Sear the Beef:

  • In a large, heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat.

  • Add the beef in batches, ensuring not to overcrowd the pot. Sear each side until browned and crusty. Transfer the browned beef to a plate and set aside.

3. Sauté the Aromatics:

  • Reduce the heat to medium. Add the chopped onion to the pot and sauté for 3-4 minutes until softened and translucent.

  • Stir in the minced garlic and cook for an additional 1 minute, until fragrant.

4. Build the Stew:

  • Return the seared beef to the pot, along with any accumulated juices.

  • Add the carrots, celery, potatoes, and parsnips (if using), distributing them evenly throughout the pot.

  • Pour in the beef broth and Guinness stout, followed by the tomato paste.

  • Add the bay leaves and thyme leaves to the pot.

  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.

5. Simmer the Stew:

  • Bring the stew to a boil, then reduce the heat to low.

  • Cover the pot and let the stew simmer gently for 2 to 2.5 hours, or until the beef is tender and the flavors meld together.

  • Stir occasionally and adjust the seasoning if needed.

6. Serve:

  • Remove the bay leaves from the stew.

  • Ladle the Irish Beef Stew into bowls, ensuring each serving has a generous amount of beef and vegetables.

  • Garnish with freshly chopped parsley, if desired.

  • Serve hot with crusty bread or fluffy mashed potatoes for a complete Irish meal.

Enjoy the hearty goodness of this classic Irish Beef Stew! Its robust flavors and tender meat will warm your soul and bring a taste of Ireland to your table. Share this comforting dish with loved ones and enjoy!

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