Beef in Guinness

Slow Cooked Beef in Guinness

Delicious cold weather stew

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8


  • 3 lbs stew beef cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 oz onions chopped
  • 1 - 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 pint (20 oz) Guinness
  • 2 springs fresh thyme stripped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 275F.  You'll want a large, lidded, ovenproof pan. We use a dutch oven most often. You can use the same pot on the stovetop and then put the lid on it to go into the oven. If you don't have this kind of pan, do the searing, etc. in a large pan and transfer into a casserole for the long oven cook.

  2. Heat the oil in a flameproof casserole on top of the stove, over medium/high heat. Once it’s hot, add the beef a few pieces at a time and sear them until they are brown. As they brown remove them to a plate. 

  3. Add the onions and cook until brown at the edges. Lower the heat and return the meat to the casserole (along with any juices that are on the plate). Stir in the flour with a wooden spoon.

  4. Next stir in the Guinness and add the thyme (pulling off the leaves and discarding the stalks), bay leaf and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and bring the whole pot to a simmering point.
  5. Cover the casserole and transfer to the center of the oven. Cook for three hours. Stir a few times during cooking and remove bay leaf before serving.

  6. Serve over your favorite mashed potatoes. Add a side of vegetables only if you are so inclined.