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Irish Beef Stew

Rich and hearty, this stew is my husband's favorite. The beef is incredibly tender. Served with crusty bread, it's an ideal cool-weather meal and perfect for any Irish holiday. —Carrie Karleen, St. Nicolas, Quebec
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Cook: 3-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    15 servings (3-3/4 quarts)


  • 8 bacon strips, diced
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 pound whole fresh mushrooms, quartered
  • 3 medium leeks (white portion only), chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 cup dark stout beer or additional reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 cup frozen peas


  • In a stockpot, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels. In a large shallow dish, combine flour, salt and pepper. Add beef, a few pieces at a time, and turn to coat. Brown beef in the bacon drippings. Remove and set aside.
  • In the same pot, saute the mushrooms, leeks, carrots and celery in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in tomato paste until blended. Add the broth, beer, bay leaves, thyme, parsley and rosemary. Return beef and bacon to pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until beef is tender, about 2 hours.
  • Add potatoes. Return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 1 hour longer. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into stew. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Add peas; heat through. Discard bay leaves.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 301 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 441mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 23g protein.

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  • bicktasw
    Nov 15, 2020

    Lots of ingredients in this recipe.... can be a bit intimidating but well worth all the time and work. I cut the recipe in half since there's just 2 of us but, other than that, followed the recipe exactly except I used an onion instead of leeks because that's what I had on hand. The finished stew is delicious and gets a great flavor from the bacon. I served with a nice crusty French bread and a simple green salad on the side. This is one delicious stew you'll want to make many times over, especially during the cold weather. 4 stars given to reflect the number of ingredients as well as time and effort needed to make the recipe. As far as taste? I'd give it 10 stars if I could!!

  • NH-rescue
    Nov 15, 2020

    This stew has everything from bacon to beer to mushrooms - all good ingredients! I made this using pre-cooked bacon and feel that cooking with the real thing will add more flavor. Definitely choose to add the stout if you have the chance. This smells great while cooking, and reheats nicely as leftovers.

  • aug2295
    Nov 2, 2020

    Delicious beef stew! I used half the bacon called for and left out the mushrooms but other than that made as directed. Excellent flavor. It wasn't difficult to make but it did require a bit of time and attention.

  • Starla
    Oct 25, 2020

    A lot of prep to this one but so worthwhile. Tge beef was tender and the favor was spot on.

  • Apie26
    Oct 8, 2020

    So good. More then good amazing. The whole family loved it

  • Paul
    Mar 25, 2020

    Followed the instructions almost exactly (I don’t always do that). Stew was tasty. A previous reviewer said the bacon taste was too intense. I actually used a lot more bacon (recipe called for 8 strips, but there was almost double that in the pack I bought) and I couldn’t even taste the bacon in the end product, but I’m sure it added flavor. The only thing left out of the instructions is that after you put in the potatoes for their hour of cooking, I felt you needed to stir the pot every 5-6 minutes to keep from burning the stew to the bottom of the pan.

  • Harper
    Mar 21, 2020

    Best beef stew I've ever made. Super flavorful and comforting.

  • Chip
    Mar 15, 2020

    Not to our liking. The bacon overpowered most everything else (We have never had too much bacon) Bacon from the US is very different than what you find in Ireland, perhaps that’s the issue

  • Artie
    Mar 10, 2020

    A new favorite of my family! Easy and filling.

  • David
    Mar 8, 2020

    I would like to see a slow cooker version of this great looking recipe. Please?