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Beef and Guinness Stew

Yields8 ServingsPrep Time33 minsCook Time2 hrs 30 minsTotal Time3 hrs 3 mins

The rich, malty flavor of Guinness Stout makes a perfect match for beef. In this classic Irish stew, the ingredients simmer for a while, during which time the beef chuck, onions, carrots, parsnips, and turnips all soak up the earthy broth. Thanks to Margaret M. Johnson, author of seven cookbooks on Irish cuisine, for sharing this classic recipe.

 3 tbsp canola oil
 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
 2 lbs boneless chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
 1 tsp salt
 5 cups chopped onion (about 3 onions)
 1 tbsp tomato paste
 4 cups fat-free, lower-sodium beef broth
 11 oz Guinness Stout (1 bottle)
 1 tbsp raisins
 1 tsp caraway seeds
 ½ tsp black pepper
 1 ½ cups (1⁄2-inch-thick) diagonal slices carrot (about 8 ounces)
 1 ½ cups (1⁄2-inch-thick) diagonal slices parsnip (about 8 ounces)
 1 cup (1⁄2-inch) cubed peeled turnip (about 8 ounces)
 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add 1 1⁄2 tablespoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Place flour in a shallow dish. Sprinkle beef with 1⁄2 teaspoon salt; dredge beef in flour. Add half of beef to pan; cook 5 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Remove beef from pan with a slotted spoon. Repeat procedure with remaining 11⁄2 tablespoons oil and beef.


Add onion to pan; cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomato paste; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in broth and beer, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Return meat to pan. Stir in remaining 1⁄2 teaspoon salt, raisins, caraway seeds, and pepper; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Uncover and bring to a boil. Cook 50 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add carrot, parsnip, and turnip. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover and bring to a boil; cook 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Sprinkle with parsley.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup

Servings 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 365
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19.4g30%

Saturated Fat 5.7g29%
Cholesterol 62mg21%
Sodium 454mg19%
Total Carbohydrate 18.8g7%

Dietary Fiber 3.6g15%
Protein 25.3g51%

Calcium 52%
Iron 2.6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.