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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Barbara K February 19, 2017 - 7:01 pm

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.

Thomas Murphy February 19, 2017 - 8:42 pm

Mine is having corned beef and cabbage

Sarah Phillips February 19, 2017 - 10:23 pm

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! 🙂

Melissa Storms February 20, 2017 - 9:56 am

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

Chris Lewis February 21, 2017 - 6:37 am

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!

robin masshole mommy February 21, 2017 - 6:49 am

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

Mom Home Guide February 21, 2017 - 7:11 am

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

Paula Schuck February 21, 2017 - 9:39 am

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.

candy February 21, 2017 - 9:55 am

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

Natalie February 21, 2017 - 11:24 am

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

Christy Maurer February 21, 2017 - 11:47 am

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.

Heather Johnson February 21, 2017 - 11:59 am

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

Daisha Chase February 21, 2017 - 12:38 pm

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

Jennifer D February 21, 2017 - 1:56 pm

My favorite is the corned beef!!

Crystal Young February 21, 2017 - 1:58 pm

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

Nancy Thompson February 21, 2017 - 2:12 pm

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

Georgiann D'Angelo February 21, 2017 - 2:16 pm

A Good Green Beer!

Pam Wattenbarger February 21, 2017 - 2:37 pm

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.

Tammy Catterton February 21, 2017 - 2:47 pm

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

Krystal February 21, 2017 - 5:55 pm

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.

Sherry Fram February 21, 2017 - 6:51 pm

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

Shelley February 21, 2017 - 6:56 pm

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

Jacqui S February 21, 2017 - 7:36 pm

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.

Katie Kinsley February 21, 2017 - 7:40 pm

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.

Annemarie LeBlanc February 21, 2017 - 10:43 pm

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.

Paula Bendfeldt Diaz February 22, 2017 - 4:41 am

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

Chubskulit Rose February 22, 2017 - 6:04 am

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.

Mimi Green February 22, 2017 - 7:15 am

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

Tammy Catterton February 22, 2017 - 11:47 am

I always wear green on St Patrick’s day here

Jasmine Eclipse February 22, 2017 - 9:15 pm

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!

Polarbelle February 23, 2017 - 12:59 am

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

Phyllis February 23, 2017 - 10:03 am

Have corned beef & cabbage

Shelley February 23, 2017 - 1:18 pm

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

Tammy Catterton February 23, 2017 - 1:35 pm

green tablecloth on the table for St Patrick day

Lisa Hall February 23, 2017 - 3:36 pm

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

Erlene February 24, 2017 - 1:25 am

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

Roxanne February 24, 2017 - 11:43 am

Drinking green beer is my favorite tradition!

Lisa Johnston February 24, 2017 - 8:51 pm

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

Shelley February 24, 2017 - 11:01 pm

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

Garf February 25, 2017 - 9:39 am

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

Donna @ Modern on Monticello February 25, 2017 - 5:44 pm

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

Shelley February 25, 2017 - 10:56 pm

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

Jane February 26, 2017 - 11:17 am

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.

Shelley February 27, 2017 - 10:06 pm

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

Linda Szymoniak February 28, 2017 - 4:24 pm

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.

shelley February 28, 2017 - 5:51 pm

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

Melissa Storms March 1, 2017 - 12:23 am

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

Shelley March 2, 2017 - 10:50 pm

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

Shelley March 3, 2017 - 10:59 pm

I love Irish stew, especially in the winter time.

Shelley March 6, 2017 - 11:06 am

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

Melissa Storms March 7, 2017 - 9:13 am

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

Allison Church Bird March 7, 2017 - 11:13 am

Green beer! 🙂

Connie Lee March 7, 2017 - 11:29 am

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

stephanie scales campbell March 7, 2017 - 11:30 am

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

Bekah Walsh March 7, 2017 - 11:36 am

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.

Shelley March 7, 2017 - 2:41 pm

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

Sherry Fram March 7, 2017 - 8:13 pm

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

Christine Murray March 8, 2017 - 9:43 am

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.

Lisa Johnston March 8, 2017 - 5:09 pm

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

shelley March 8, 2017 - 9:57 pm

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

Linda Szymoniak March 11, 2017 - 10:14 pm

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!

Linda Szymoniak March 15, 2017 - 3:41 am

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

Lisa Johnston March 17, 2017 - 2:01 pm

I like the family time we share at the parade

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

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