Hearty Beef and Guinness Stew for a Cozy Family Dinner











Dive into a rich, savory bowl of Beef and Guinness Stew—a delightful blend of tender beef, autumnal vegetables, and the robust flavor of Guinness. Perfect for a heartwarming family dinner, this gluten and dairy-free dish offers a comforting taste with every spoonful.


Step 1: Browning the Beef

Begin by heating a tablespoon of cooking oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is sizzling, add in your beef chunks in batches if necessary to ensure even browning. It's crucial to get a good sear on the beef as it adds a depth of flavor to the stew that you won't achieve otherwise. After all the beef is nicely browned, set it aside on a plate.
Pro Tip: Pat the beef dry before searing for the perfect crust.

Step 2: Sautéing the Vegetables

In the same saucepan, add the onion, garlic, carrots, and celery. The remnants of the beef searing will lend these vegetables a lovely flavor. Cook them for about 3-5 minutes until they start to soften and become aromatic. It's these foundational flavors that build the complex profile of your stew.
Pro Tip: No need to clean the pan after browning the beef. The remnants add extra flavor to the veggies.

Step 3: Combining and Simmering

Return the browned beef to the pan with the vegetables. Pour in the Guinness and beef stock, adding the bay leaf for an extra layer of flavor. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Let the stew come to a boil before reducing the heat to allow it to simmer gently. This slow cooking process is key to tenderizing the beef and melding the flavors together.
Pro Tip: A slow simmer helps to tenderize the beef and intensify the stew's flavors.

Step 4: Thickening the Stew

After about 1.5 hours of simmering, check the stew. If you find it too bitter, this is the perfect time to stir in the chocolate, which adds a touch of sweetness and richness. If the stew's consistency isn't as thick as you'd like, use a slotted spoon to remove the beef and vegetables. Mix corn flour with a little of the stew liquid in a separate bowl until smooth, then whisk this mixture back into the stew. Let it boil for another 10-15 minutes until the desired thickness is reached.
Pro Tip: Chocolate can balance out the bitterness of the Guinness beautifully.

Step 5: Serving

Serve your rich, hearty Beef and Guinness Stew with a side of creamy mashed potatoes. This classic combination provides a comforting, satisfying meal perfect for chilly evenings. The stew's robust flavors are complemented by the smooth, creamy texture of the potatoes, making every bite a delightful experience.
Pro Tip: Garnish with fresh parsley for a pop of color and freshness.