Easy Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew

by Alli

Irish Beef Stew has delicious chunks of beef and veggies and is cooked in the slow cooker until tender. This easy recipe is a favorite at my house. 

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.

Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew

Ingredients For Irish Stew

(The complete printable recipe card is located at the end of this post.)

  • stew beef
  • vegetable oil
  • salt
  • minced garlic
  • beef stock
  • water
  • Guinness (optional)
  • tomato paste
  • dried thyme
  • sugar
  • russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1″ cubes
  • onion, chopped
  • peeled and sliced carrots

Tips For Making 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.

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!

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.

Irish Beef Stew

What To Serve With 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.

I like to serve cornbread with beef stew. Sometimes I make simple hoecake cornbread on top of the stove. My aunt Jean’s cornbread sticks also pair perfectly with beef stew. 

Can You Freeze Leftover Irish Beef Stew?

Yes, you can! Place the stew in freezer bags and defrost overnight in the refrigerator. 

Yield: 8 servings

Irish Beef Stew

Irish Beef Stew - Pretty Pintastic Party 145

Irish Beef Stew has chunks of tender beef, potatoes, onions, and carrots in a delicious broth.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 20 minutes


  • 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.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 449Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 112mgSodium 946mgCarbohydrates 35gFiber 4gSugar 6gProtein 44g

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