Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any cold winter night, this healthy Guinness Beef Stew is a hearty meal sure to warm you up from the inside out.
I’m not a huge beer drinker, but when it comes to stew, I love the taste of beer along with the veggies and meat (or lentils).
This recipe came about as I’ve tried a few Guinness stews in the past and have always been disappointed in how faint the Guinness flavor was. And since making it for the first time about four years ago, my husband always requests it when St. Patrick’s Day comes along.
Just keep in mind, that this recipe was designed to let the Guinness shine. So, if you don’t like the taste of beer, you may not like this stew.
However, if you’re a fan of Guinness, then keep on reading!
I recommend making this healthy Irish beef stew using Guinness Draught. Guinness just has a deep, malty flavor that just goes so well with beef and root vegetables.
But it’s not your only option. Porters are usually my next go-to as they’re also known for their complex, malted flavor.
I know it’s a lot of time, but for the best flavor, the longer it can cook the better.
To take an hour off of the cooking time, you can throw the carrots in at the same time as the broth.
Still bring to a boil and cover, but then simmer for just 30 minutes.
Remove lid, bring back to a boil, and allow to boil for 30 minutes to evaporate some of the liquid. Continue with instructions as written.
This should save you an hour of cook time, but note that the stew liquid will be a bit thinner than if you follow the recipe as originally written.
I still recommend browning the beef first and sauteeing the shallot in butter.
But after that you just throw everything in your slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8.
The best way to thicken beef stew is a long cooking time so that it naturally reduces.
While you can add more cornstarch or flour, doing so will muddy the flavor a bit. This is why my recipe only uses flour for browning the beef and calls for periods of simmering with the lid off.
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Recipe adapted from Cooking Light
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This looks so delicious!