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Guinness Braised Beef Stew in a cast iron dutch oven with a wooden spoon in the pot.
Guinness Braised Beef Stew
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 20 mins

Hearty Guinness braised beef stew is chock full of tender root vegetables and makes a rich and satisfying one-pot meal!

Course: Main Dish, Soup/Stew
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef stew
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 427 kcal
  • 2 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup AP flour (seasoned with salt and pepper)
  • 2 pounds beef chuck, in 2-inch cubes
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 24 oz Guinness beer (2 - 12 oz bottles)
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch slices (or 3 cups baby carrots)
  • 3 large parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1 lb baby potatoes, washed and quartered
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme, minced
  • 1/4 cup parsley, minced (divided)
  1. Heat oil over med/high heat in a dutch oven.
  2. Toss beef cubes with seasoned flour and brown in batches in the dutch oven, taking care not to overcrowd the pot. Set browned beef aside on plate.
  3. Add onion and saute until softened, about 4 minutes.
  4. Add minced garlic and saute 2 minutes, then stir in tomato paste and cook 1 minute.
  5. Stir in beer, stock, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and chocolate and season well with salt and pepper.
  6. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer and add in browned beef and any juices. Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
  7. Add carrots, parsnips, potatoes, thyme, and half the parsley. Cover and simmer for an additional hour.

  8. Season to taste and stir in remaining parsley. Ladle into bowls and serve.
Recipe Notes
  • You want to get a deep, brown sear on the beef. Be sure not to overcrowd the pan, browning the beef in batches if necessary. If there are too many beef cubes in the pan it will steam, not sear.
  • The flour on the beef helps it brown and will also help to thicken the sauce as the stew cooks.
  • Try to keep the vegetables as uniform in size as possible so they cook evenly. 
  • Don't have Guinness beer on hand? Use a brown ale or another stout instead.
  • Allow enough time for the beef to cook until extremely tender. You should be able to cut the beef with a spoon.
Nutrition Facts
Guinness Braised Beef Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 427 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 78mg26%
Sodium 503mg22%
Potassium 1102mg31%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 4065IU81%
Vitamin C 28mg34%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.