How to Make Easy Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew

Saint Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and I’m sharing my easy Irish Beef Stew. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for spring!

I’m well aware that lamb is the preferred meat for Irish Stew. I did not grow up eating lamb and it’s not anywhere near the top of my favorite foods. So, beef it is.

I use my slow cooker to make Irish Beef Stew. However, this can easily be made in a Dutch Oven on top of the stove or in the oven.

Helpful Hint: If you’re cooking your Irish Beef Stew on top of the stove, brown the meat in the dutch oven, add the other ingredients and simmer (stirring occasionally) for 45-50 minutes or until beef is tender. When using a dutch oven in the oven, cook at 325º F for about 2 hours.

Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew

Let’s make Irish Beef Stew!

If you’re using a slow cooker, brown the beef stew in a large skillet, in two or three batches. I like to give it a really good sear. During the last batch, I add the garlic and sauté for one minute. If you sauté garlic too long, it becomes bitter.

Helpful Hint: When browning meat, don’t crowd it. It will cause the meat to steam instead of brown.

Add all the other ingredients to the slow cooker and give it a good stir.  Place the beef and garlic mixture on top. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 4-5. Yum!

Irish Beef Stew

I love to cook my Irish Beef Stew all day while I’m home working. It smells delicious and tastes even better. Add a green salad and your favorite bread. Dinner is served.

Irish Beef Stew

Irish Beef Stew


  • I-1/2 pounds stew beef
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 5 cups beef stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup Guinness (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 Tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1" cubes
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cups peeled and sliced carrots


  1. In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Brown meat on all sides. Add the garlic and sauté for one minute.
  2. Add all the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker and stir together. Place the meat on top.
  3. Cook for 7-8 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high.

What’s your favorite Saint Patrick’s Day Food?

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  2. My favorite St. Patrick day tradition is having the irsh stew and having friends over to enjoy it with me. Also listening to irsh music.

  3. Thomas Murphy says

    Mine is having corned beef and cabbage

  4. Sarah Phillips says

    My favorite St. Patty’s Day tradition is making a green dessert each year with my husband! This year it’s going to be green shamrock cupcakes! 🙂

  5. Melissa Storms says

    My favorite St Patrick’s Day tradition is making homemade soda bread. I only make it once a year and it is delicious.

  6. This looks absolutely delicious and perfect for this time of year. We are always looking for meals like this that are hearty and taste great and the recipe does not look too difficult either!

  7. robin masshole mommy says

    We love beef stew in our house. It’s one of those meals that just feel right eating on a chilly winter afternoon.

  8. I love cooking corned beef and cabbage for my family on St. Patrick’s Day!

  9. I love to make stew every St. Patrick’s Day. I’m not so much into the corned beef, but I love the Irish stew.

  10. For the whole week I make a irish dish overnight, beef stew is always included along with many other great dishes.

  11. Wow what a fantastic giveaway! I did not know lamb is the preferred meat in Ireland.

  12. My favorite tradition is nothing because I’m not Irish lol. My kids are part Irish so my daughter wears the cute sayings on her shirt on St. Patrick’s Day.

  13. Sounds super yummy! My daughter wants to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, so I will keep this recipe in mind.

  14. Daisha Chase says

    The leprechauns small around the house and leaving Hershey kisses and little white footprints. A favorite memory from my childhood and something my kids love

  15. My favorite is the corned beef!!

  16. Crystal Young says

    Me,my fiancé and our boys dress up in green and go out to dinner.Then we watch movies.

  17. Nancy Thompson says

    Shamrock shakes are our tradition for St. Patrick’s Day.

  18. Georgiann D'Angelo says

    A Good Green Beer!

  19. Pam Wattenbarger says

    The best thing about St. Patrick’s Day is all the awesome Irish recipes I see! This Irish beef stew sounds really good. I usually make cabbage rolls.

  20. Tammy Catterton says

    I always make Corned beef brisket, cabbage & potatoes for St Patrick ‘s day here

  21. I am a huge fan of using the crockpot! I’m excited to try this Irish stew and add a new recipe to my dinner rotation.

  22. Sherry Fram says

    My favorite Patrick’s Day thing to do is fix corned beef & cabbage for dinner.

  23. My favorite St Patrick’s tradition is wearing green and going out for dinner!

  24. This looks so good!! I love a good soup, but am always scared to make it because I’m afraid to mess it up lol.

  25. Mmm, roasts are some of my favorite meals during winter! I like to add a little wine to my slow cooker too 🙂 That sandwich looks really yummy.

  26. I made beef stew the other day and paired it with grilled cheese sandwiches. I am sure my family won’t mind having beef stew again for the second time this week. I’m trying your recipe out.

  27. This looks delicious, my family loves beef stew. This is a great giveaway, thanks!

  28. I love this kind of dish because it is easy to make with the help of slow cooker. I might make this today depending on what my other eaters are in the mood to eat. I love the addition of sugar, I bet that’s so good.

  29. Yummy! I would put this over some jasmine rice and have a good time. I love a one pot meal.

  30. Tammy Catterton says

    I always wear green on St Patrick’s day here

  31. Yum!! This sounds so good! I love all the Irish themed dishes at this time of year, and I can’t wait to cook/eat some!

  32. oh! I didn’t know that about sauteeing garlic!!! I have to make sure to tell my hubs…he’s been using a lot of fresh garlic trying new recipies

  33. Have corned beef & cabbage

  34. My favorite St. Patrick day tradition is making Irish stew and having family over to enjoy it with me.

  35. Tammy Catterton says

    green tablecloth on the table for St Patrick day

  36. My favorite St. Patricks Day tradition is wearing green! 🙂

  37. I don’t really have a St. Patrick’s Day meal, but I do love a good corned beef.

  38. Drinking green beer is my favorite tradition!

  39. Lisa Johnston says

    Our family wears green and attends the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

  40. My favorite St. Patty’s Day tradition is making green shamrock cupcakes!

  41. This looks really yummy!. I always love beef stew, especially during the winter time.

  42. I love stew and you have some great tips on how to prepare the beef beforehand that I didn’t know. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

  43. I love to make shamrock cupcakes. I only make them once a year on St Patrick’s Day.

  44. Sounds yummy! You can also mix 1 TB of flour to 1/2 cup of water, stirring well to break up any little balls of flour, stir this into the mixture for a thicker sauce, if desired.Comsouth.

  45. I love to bake shamrock cupcakes every St. Patrick’s Day.

  46. Linda Szymoniak says

    I love all the great Irish foods – not just corned beef and cabbage, but Irish soda bread and others. I never knew my maternal grandmother, but she was almost pure Irish.

  47. I always like to wear green on St Patrick’s day!

  48. Melissa Storms says

    I like making homemade soda bead each year. We only have it for St Patrick’s day so I really look forward to it.

  49. My favorite St. Patrick day tradition is making shamrock cupcakes and sharing them with family.

  50. I love Irish stew, especially in the winter time.

  51. We don’t care much for corned beef, but love to make Irish stew!

  52. Melissa Storms says

    I love making irish soda bread for St Patrick’s Day each year.

  53. Allison Church Bird says

    Green beer! 🙂

  54. Connie Lee says

    Wearing something green, which is a little bit of a challenge because I don’t have much green clothing.

  55. stephanie scales campbell says

    We really do not have any st patricks day traditions other than wearing green for good luck.

  56. St. Patrick’s Day usually ends up on a work day, so I celebrate by wearing green and having a traditional Irish dish waiting for dinner when hubby gets home.

  57. I liked having some St Patrick’s decorations on our hutch and mantel.

  58. Sherry Fram says

    My favorite St.Patrick’s day tradition is having corned beef & cabbage for supper & wearing green so you don’t get pinched!!

  59. Christine Murray says

    My favorite St. Patrick’s Day traditions are to have Irish Beef Stew and a little treasure hunt with a “pot of gold” at the end of the rainbow.

  60. Lisa Johnston says

    spending time with family is one of my favourite things to do on St. Patricks Day.

  61. The leprechauns leave pennies and little footprints all over the house.

  62. Linda Szymoniak says

    One of my favorite “Irish” traditions just happened in Chicago this weekend. Dying the Chicago River green! I wasn’t able to attend it this year, but love seeing all the pictures and video of it!

  63. Linda Szymoniak says

    I love the wearing of the green for St. Patrick’s Day!

  64. Lisa Johnston says

    I like the family time we share at the parade

  65. Corned Beef and cabbage. (with potatoes and carrots too )

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