Beef in Guinness slow cooker recipe

beef in guinness slow cooker recipe

Want some beef that melts in your mouth, that has a dark brown and super flavoured sauce with it? That comes with it’s own vegetables and all you need to do is make some mash? Then Beef in Guinness slow cooker recipe is what you’re looking for.

If you’re worried about the children getting tipsy on the beer, don’t. It cooks for over 6 hours and by that time every drop of alcohol has evaporated leaving you with a delicious meal for the whole family. I bought some braising steak in the supermarket and cut it into thick chunks, slow cooking does shrink the meat a bit and I find larger chunks survive better, here’s the recipe

Beef in Guinness – slow cooker recipe


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1kg stewing beef, cut into large chunks
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 4 carrots, cut into large chunks
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 2 tbsp seasoned plain flour (I add salt, pepper and mixed herbs)
  • 1 tbsp English mustard powder
  • 500ml can Guinness
  • 1 beef stock cube 1 litre
  • pinch of sugar
  • 2 bay leaves


Sautè the beef until browned on all sides, add the onion, carrots and celery and cook till tender.

Sprinkle over the seasoned flour, the English mustard powder and stir well to coat all of the food.

Pour over the Guinness and add the stock cube to the liquid.

Add the bay leaves and set on low for 8 hours.

Serve with the mashed potato.


This stew is better made one day in advance as it gives the chance for the flavour to come out more.

Beef in Guinness stew can be chilled and frozen for up to 3 months – defrost completely before reheating until piping hot.


  1. October 18, 2013 / 4:30 PM

    Oh yum, this is perfect food for this time of year isn’t it – comforting, hearty and full of flavour. Besides I can drink the other cans ;)

  2. October 20, 2013 / 9:39 PM

    Yummy! I’ve been looking for a recipe like this to make for my Italian friends! They think we’re crazy for cooking meat in beer so I really want to make them try it out!

  3. March 22, 2015 / 1:58 AM

    Great recipe Mari, I’d bought some Guinness in for St Patrick’s Day but never used it… I will now :D

  4. jean
    January 12, 2018 / 6:01 PM

    why can I not print your recipes off my PCs is upstairs in the office

    • January 17, 2018 / 8:48 AM

      My fault Jean! I’ll get this one written up on a recipe card ASAP, that should make it much easier.

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