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Irish beef stew

Easy Irish Beef Stew

  • Author: Gitta Grether-Sweeney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 75 minutes
  • Total Time: 90 minutes
  • Yield: 6 people 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Irish


Irish beef stew with tender pieces of meat, creamy potatoes, and sweet carrots flavored with tarragon and stout beer. A family favorite!


Units Scale


  • 2 pounds beef sirloin, boneless, lean cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 3/4 cup onions, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 each bay leaves
  • 8 ounces beef broth
  • 3/4 cup Guinness Stout beer
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sliced (1/4 inch) carrots
  • 1/2 pound yellow potatoes, cut in 3/4 inch cubes
  • 1-2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 2 tablespoons flour, all-purpose
  • 4 tablespoons water

Puff Pastry Shamrocks

  • 1/2 package frozen puff pastry, thawed


Irish Beef Stew

  1. Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat.  Add cubed meat and brown meat on all sides.  You might have to do this in two batches.  
  2. Add the onion, garlic, bay leaves, beef broth, stout beer, salt, pepper, and water.  Bring to a boil.  Cover.  Lower the heat so the mixture is simmering.  Cook for about 30 minutes.
  3. Add carrots, potatoes, and tarragon.  Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.  Remove the bay leaves.  
  4. Combine the flour and 4 tablespoons water.  Stir the mixture until there are no lumps.  Add the mixture slowly to the stew stirring constantly.  
  5. Cook for about 5 minutes until the stew is thick.  

Shamrock Shaped Puff Pastry

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Thaw the pastry dough according to the instructions on the package.
  3. Using a shamrock cookie cutter, cut out shamrocks and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet.  I used a 3" cookie cutter but you can also use a 5".  If you do not have a shamrock cookie cutter,  cut out other shapes or use a biscuit cutter and cut out circles.  
  4. Bake about 5-8 minutes until lightly brown.  
  5. Spoon stew into bowls and top with the shamrock puff pastry.  


This recipe is adapted from a Southern Living recipe.  

*Nutrition Disclaimer


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 554
  • Sugar: 9.1 g
  • Sodium: 2662.3 mg
  • Fat: 15.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 57.7 g
  • Protein: 44.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 100 mg

Keywords: Irish beef stew, beef stew