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A red square bowl with handles on an angle with cooked Beef and beer stew inside topped with some small sprigs of Thyme
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Lazy Slow Cooker Irish Stew Recipe

A warm and filling dish containing tender chunks of beef, potatoes, root vegetables and a strong, stout beer. This hearty and satisfying meal is great served with some warm fresh bread and a cool crisp side salad.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 hrs
Total Time10 hrs 15 mins
Course: Brunch, dairy free, dinner, lunch
Cuisine: Irish Inspired
Keyword: crockpot beef stew, Crockpot Irish stew, irish stew, slow cooker guiness stew
Servings: 8
Calories: 264kcal



  • 2 lbs stew beef, cubed
  • 1.5 lbs potatoes, cut into 1" pieces
  • 2 cups carrots, cut in 1" chunks
  • 1 cup celery, cut in 1" chunks
  • 1 cups onion, cut in 1" chunks
  • 2 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped can substitute with 2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 bottle extra stout beer (1 bottle less one siip if you aren't going anywhere)
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • instant mashed potato flakes (optional)


  • place liner in slow cooker, if using
  • add beef, potatoes, vegetables, and all spices except bay leaves to slow cooker
  • add broth and stout beer and stir to combine
  • gently place bay leaves on top of mixture
  • cover and cook on low for about 10 hours (anywhere from 8 - 12 works)
  • after cooking, remove bay leaves and discard
  • stir stew and add salt and /or pepper to taste
  • Optional step:
    To thicken stew - add one tablespoon of instant mashed potato flakes to your slow cooker, stir and check. You can continue to add potato flakes, stirring in one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is achieved.
  • serve and enjoy!


Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 479mg | Potassium: 1018mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 5493IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 4mg