Traditional Irish Beef Stew

Traditional Irish Beef Stew, often celebrated for its comforting qualities and depth of flavor, embodies the culinary essence of Ireland. This stew, steeped in tradition, is more than just a meal; it’s a hearty embrace from the Irish kitchen, promising warmth, satisfaction, and a connection to the lush, green landscapes of Ireland. The recipe I’m about to share is crafted with both authenticity and a touch of modern finesse, designed to captivate the senses and encourage guests to linger over their meal, basking in the flavors and the company.


  • 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs) beef chuck, cut into large chunks
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large onions, roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into thick slices
  • 3 parsnips, peeled and cut into thick slices (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 liter (4 cups) beef broth
  • 500 ml (2 cups) stout beer (Guinness is a traditional choice)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • A few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnishing


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