This tasty stew is a hardy meal with deep flavors and an easy-to-make recipe. Our Slow Cooker Irish Stout Beef Stew is just the recipe you need for chilly nights by the fire.
- 2 cups thickly sliced carrots
- 3 cups cubed potatoes
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 3 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
- 2 pounds beef stew meat or chuck, cubed
- 1 large yellow onion
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 bottle stout beer, such as Guinness
- 3 cups beef stock
- 3 Tbsp. tomato paste
- 1 Tbsp. Worchestershire sauce
- 2 springs fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- Place carrots, potatoes and bay leaf in bottom of slow cooker. Pat beef cubes dry with a paper towel and toss in flour mixture. Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan. Brown cubed meat on all sides, cooking in batches so the pan is not crowded. Add browned beef to crock pot.
- Add remaining 1 Tbsp. oil to the sauté pan along with the onions and garlic. Cook until onions are soft, about 5 minutes. Add ½ bottle of stout and scrape bottom of pan to get all flavorful bits. Add onion mixture to crock pot with remaining beer, beef stock, tomato paste, Worchestershire sauce and thyme.
- Stir, cover and cook for 8 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high, until meat and vegetables are tender. Adjust salt and pepper and serve.