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.