Guinness Week: Stout Beef Stew Recipe

Photograph: Caroline Ford

Note: In anticipation of St. Patrick's Day, we've deemed this week Guinness Week, and we'll be offering up five luscious stout-based recipes, thanks to Spirited Cooking columnist Caroline Ford. Take it away, Caroline!—The Mgmt.

This Guinness stew begs you to tuck in for a warm, soul-satisfying meal. A little carrot, a little potato, loads of sweet cipollini onion, and tender chunks of beef: it's a simple dish but such a good one. The only accompaniment you'll need is a crusty loaf of bread and big glass of bold red wine...or a pint of Guinness.

Don't skip the lemon and parsley garnish; it pulls the whole dish together. If you can't find cipollini onions, you can substitute pearl onions. If both elude you, quartered yellow onions will do the trick.

For the meat, skip the extra lean stew meat for chuck roast with a bit more fat. Your butcher will be happy to cut two pounds into pieces for you, and the flavor will be better. The stew can easily be made the day ahead and reheated to serve, in fact, the flavor will only improve.

Recipe Facts

Active: 45 mins
Total: 3 hrs
Serves: 8 servings

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  • 2 pounds beef chuck stew meat, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (14-ounce) can of Guinness, divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds carrots, cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces, peel on
  • 2 pounds cipollini onions, peeled and halved
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seed
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley


  1. Toss beef in flour, cayenne, and a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper to coat. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat. Add beef in a single layer, working in batches if necessary. Cook on each side until browned, 4-5 minutes. In the last minute, add garlic, stirring frequently. Transfer browned meat and garlic to a bowl. Deglaze pan with 1 tablespoon Guinness, scraping up dark bits from the bottom.

  2. Heat another half tablespoon olive oil. Add carrots and cook until beginning to brown, 3-5 minutes, add potatoes and cook another 2 minutes. Transfer vegetable mixture to a separate bowl. Deglaze with another tablespoon of Guinness.

  3. Heat remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil, add cipollini onions and cook until edges brown, 3-4 minutes. Add tomato paste and cook an additional 1 minute. Deglaze with remaining Guinness. Return beef to the pot and add beef stock, cumin seed, Worcestershire, and bay leaf. Simmer covered for 1 hour.

  4. Add carrot and vegetable mixture, return lid, and simmer an additional 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until carrots are fork tender.
    Adjust to taste with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with lemon zest and chopped parsley.