Recipe: Irish Beef and Stout Stew for St. Patrick’s Day

by gigi on March 16, 2011

Today, we have a guest post recipe courtesy of Maria. With St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching on Mar 17, I thought that Maria’s post came just in time. :) If you’re interested in posting an entry for Ho Yummy, please let us know!


Celebrate your heritage—or just cultural diversity!—this St. Patrick’s Day with an easy, tasty, and freezer-friendly Irish recipe. The peas add a splash of green to your grub, and even the Guinness in your fridge gets to play a role, too.

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  • 4 lb beef chuck, cut into 1½” cubes
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 (6 oz) cans of tomato paste
  • 2½ lb new potatoes, scrubbed but not peeled
  • 2 medium onions, roughly chopped
  • 2 (14 oz) cans of reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 (15 oz) can of Irish stout beer
  • 10 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 20 oz frozen baby peas, thawed


1. Preheat the oven to 350* F. Toss the beef chuck and flour into an oven-safe heavy pot (at least 5 qt) and stir in the tomato paste. Add potatoes, onions, broth, beer, and garlic and season with a pinch of salt and ground pepper. Cover with the lid and turn the heat to medium. Stir occasionally to prevent burning.

2. When the mixture begins to boil, take the pot and put it into the oven. Let it cook (still covered) for about 2 ½ to 3 hours, or until the meat is tender. Take out the pot (carefully!) and stir in the thawed green peas. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if required.

This recipe serves 10, so be sure to bring your friends. If there are leftovers, don’t give them to the dog—stick it in the fridge and enjoy it a week later! Stews only get better with time, so put it on the stove again over medium-low heat until it’s ready to eat.


About the author: Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education where she writes about education, online degrees, and what it takes to succeed as a student working towards an online bachelors degree from home. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.

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