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Slow cooker guinness beef stew


  • Author: alicia gonzalez tome
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 480 minutes
  • Total Time: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Main course
  • Cuisine: Irish


This slow cooker guinness beef stew is the perfect comfort food, so amazingly tender that the meat falls apart, flavoursome and with an incredibly rich thick gravy. The flavours deepen as this stew rests, so get ready to enjoy this delicious dish throughout the week. 



1 kg diced beef (grass fed antibiotic free)

1 tbsp flour (I used buckwheat)

Salt and pepper to taste

7 garlic cloves diced

2 onions diced

1 leek cut in thin slices

6 medium potatoes peeled and cut in 4-6 pieces

3 large carrots peeled and chopped in 1 cm pieces

1 440ml can of Guinness Draught

1 beef stock cube dissolved in 1 cup (250ml) of hot water

Small bunch of fresh thyme leaves

2 tbsp tapioca flour or cornstarch


  1. In a large mixing bowl add the beef, salt and pepper to taste and flour. Combine with hands until all the beef pieces are covered in the mix.
  2. Add approx. 2 tbsp of olive oil to a large pan on high heat. Add the beef pieces in batches and sear well all over. Remove to a plate and repeat the process until you've seared all the pieces.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add 1 tbsp of olive oil, the onions, garlic and a pinch of salt to the same pan. Cook for approximately 7 minutes until the onion starts to become soft and transparent and add the leeks and a pinch of salt. Cook for approximately another 10 minutes until soft.
  4. Add the potatoes and the carrots to the slow cooker. Add the meat, and the onions & leek on top.
  5. Pour the entire can of guinness, beef stock and add the thyme leaves on top. Put the lid on and cook on low heat for 7 hours.
  6. In a small bowl or glass, add the 2 tbsp of tapioca flour and add a bit of liquid from the slow cooker.  Mix well with a small spoon to dissolve. Pour over the stew and combine. Put the lid and cook in high heat for 1 hour.
  7. Enjoy this amazing stew!


  • The flavours deepen as this stew rests, which means it will be even tastier a day or few days after you finished cooking!
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge, for up to 5 days.
  • It is suitable for freezing, but without the potatoes! So if you're planning on freezing, I recommend thinking ahead how many potatoes you will eat, and adjust the quantity to suit.
  • This recipe contains gluten from the Guinness

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