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St Patrick’s Day recipe: Irish beef and Guinness stew

March 12 2019
Sarah Davison
By Sarah Davison

This adults-only dish isn’t just a St Patrick’s Day classic—it makes a satisfying supper all year round!

St Patrick's Day recipe: Irish beef and Guinness stew

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total time: 2 hours 45 minutes

Cooking spray
1 medium sweet onion, coarsely chopped (about 1½ cups)
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 lb. lean boneless beef, such as eye of chuck or top round, all visible fat removed and cut into 1” chunks
3 Tbsp. tomato paste
4-5 medium carrots, peeled and thickly sliced
3 celery sticks, cut into ½” pieces
1 (14.9-oz.) can Guinness
½ cup beef broth
1½ cups frozen pearl onions
1 level Tbsp. brown sugar
½ small pack of fresh parsley, chopped, to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a large ovenproof Dutch oven with cooking spray and place over a medium-high heat. Add the sweet onion, garlic and a pinch of salt, then cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until nearly tender.
  2. Stir in the beef and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes, tossing often, until the beef starts to turn white in spots. Add the tomato paste and stir to coat the meat.
  3. Stir in the carrots, celery, Guinness and broth and bring to a boil. Cover, place in the oven and bake for 1¾ hours. Uncover, stir in the pearl onions, and bake, uncovered, for 30-40 minutes, until the meat is tender and the juices are slightly reduced.
  4. Remove from the oven and stir in the brown sugar. Sprinkle with the parsley and serve hot.

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