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guinness stew

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guinness stew

Winter weather was upon us this weekend and we got a pretty good dusting. I’d say it was less than an inch but that’s the most we’ve gotten this year. It then proceeded to ice over and the federal gov’t decided to delay itself on Monday and open at 11am. It was nice, but I didn’t take advantage of it because I’m a goodie two-shoe and like getting into the office at 7am — ha, riiiight.

This beef stew is full of intensity. It’s super dense and rich and guess what? It has BEER and CHOCOLATE. Oh, oh, AND it’s a slow-cooker meal so that means you can let this baby simmer away while you’re at work and come home to the most amazing, mouth-watering smell permeating throughout your house. You can dig right in, too. I love slow cooker meals. They definitely help a working foodie out. Not to mention, the flavors get to party together all day so it’s got super awesome flavor by the time you get to have a taste.

I’ve never made beef stew with beer or chocolate but you cannot omit these! You don’t really taste them in the stew but you need them in there to give the dish the well-rounded flavor that it has. Everything in here comes out fork-tender and it’s such a hearty and dense dish that you probably can only have one bowl. Dare I say that it’s even better the next day? Serve this with crusty sourdough bread or a French baguette and you have yourself a delicious comfort dish for the cold winter days — which I hope doesn’t stay around much longer!

I halved the original recipe and it still filled up my entire 4 qt. crockpot. Or at least I think it’s 4 quarts, maybe 6? Guh, I’ll check tonight cause it’d probably help y’all out. My mom gave it to me so I’m not sure, but all I know is that my entire crockpot was about to overflow, haha

guinness stew

slow cooker guinness beef stew

Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Stew a comforting and delicious meal!
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 hours
Total Time: 10 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: Julie Chiou
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  • 2 pounds boneless beef chuck roast,, trimmed & cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes
  • 4 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion,, chopped
  • 2 cups low-sodium beef stock
  • 1 cup Guinness Draught
  • ½ tablespoon light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme*
  • 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate,, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 carrots,, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 parsnips,, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 5-6 baby red potatoes,, scrubbed, peeled, and cut into quarters
  • Salt and pepper,, to taste
  • 2-3 tablespoon corn starch
  • Enough water to dissolve the corn starch

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  • In a large skillet, heat 2 tbsp. of vegetable oil on medium high heat. Drop in half of your beef and brown all four sides, about 7-8 minutes. Transfer to slow cooker insert and repeat with the other half of the beef.
  • In the same skillet, add the remaining vegetable oil and add your onions and cook until they're lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add the stock, 1/2 cup of beer, sugar, thyme, chocolate, and bay leaf. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil then transfer to slow cooker insert.
  • Add the carrots, parsnips, and potatoes to the slow cooker. Mix it around a little bit with a wooden spoon. Then cover and cook on low for about 9-10 hours or high for 6-7 hours.
  • When ready to eat, pour in the remaining 1/2 cup of beer then dissolve the corn starch in water and stir it in the mixture in the slow cooker. Cook for another 15 minutes on high (turn the slow cooker on high if you had it on low) until sauce thickens.
  • Remove and discard the bay leaf.
  • Serve hot with crusty bread.

Recipe Notes

I'm not a huge fan of the thyme flavor so I added only 1/4 of tsp. of thyme instead of 1/2 tsp. You may go according to the recipe or you may add in a little at a time (HA!) and gradually increase it. I also prepared the veggies (scrubbed, peeled, cut) the night before and put them in a cold water bath overnight so they didn't turn color (especially the potatoes). This just made it easier for me in the morning. All I had to do was brown the beef and throw everything in the crock pot.

Source: adapted from Blissfully Delicious

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: slow cooker recipes


Recipe Rating

Connie Tebbe

Wednesday 26th of August 2015

This is in the crockpot now, but I've dipped into it a couple times. This is outstanding and its not even done yet. Can't wait for my son's opinion. I work a midnight shift and like to use the crockpot so my 17-year-old son can eat something other than frozen food and sandwiches. Its perfect timing for my lunch and can stay warm for when my son decides to eat his supper.


Friday 26th of October 2012

Last week, when my mother-in-law came to stay with us, I wanted to make at least one good, old-fashioned, "country" dinner. She is a meat and potatoes woman; no frills, nothing fancy.

Beef stew was an obvious choice, given last week's weather. But with Guinness? Hmm....

She loved it! She is pickier than my four year old daughter and she devoured two bowls!

I was nervous about the Guinness because, to me, it's such a bitter-tasting beer. And while it did lend a certain flavor to the stew, it was still pretty good.

I did add a little extra brown sugar and some garlic to balance out the beer and the onions; turned out fine.

I'm curious as to whether or not a slightly weaker beer would work. Maybe a lager? Fat tire?

As for the chocolate, I couldn't tell it was there. I don't think I would have noticed it had I left it out. Maybe an extra half ounce?

Either way, interesting twist on a classic.

But most importantly, not only did my mother-in-law enjoy it but my beef-stew hating husband said it was "Good...for beef stew.". That's huge.

Thanks for helping me pull off a successful dinner!

Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious

Saturday 4th of February 2012

I used my 6-qt crock pot and it was full to the brim! So yea, 4-qt would have been too small. Just out of curiosity, did you think that it was too thin for a stew? I have had several people who wrote me and told me that they wanted a "thicker" stew. Glad you enjoyed this :)

Skye (Skye Loves...)

Monday 30th of January 2012

Delicious. I'm a big fan of steak and Guinness pie, but have never had a variation with the addition of chocolate. Must definitely give it a try.

Elina (Healthy and Sane)

Wednesday 25th of January 2012

Beer and chocolate together in one savory meal. Sign me up! :)