Beef & stout stew with carrots

Beef & stout stew with carrots

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 3 hrs


Serves 4
Sweet, slow-cooked melty carrots and beautifully tender meat, this dish is comfort in a pot

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable


  • kcal562
  • fat23g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs26g
  • sugars20g
  • fibre6g
  • protein58g
  • salt1.5g
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  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1kg stewing beef, cut into large chunks



    The classic cut of meat for a British Sunday roast, beef is full of flavour, as well as being a…

  • 1 onion, roughly chopped



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  • 10 carrot, cut into large chunks



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 500ml can Guinness
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • pinch of sugar



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  • 3 bay leaf
  • big thyme sprig


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • Creamy parsnip mash, to serve (see recipe below)



    The fact that the parsnip is a member of the carrot family comes as no surprise - it looks just…


  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Heat the oil in large lidded casserole dish, brown the meat really well in batches, then set aside. Add the onion and carrots to the dish, give them a good browning, then scatter over the flour and stir. Tip the meat and any juices back into the dish and give it all a good stir. Pour over the Guinness and crumble in the stock cube. Season the stew with salt, pepper and a pinch of sugar. Tuck in the herbs and bring everything to a simmer.

  2. Cover with a lid and place in the oven for about 2½ hrs until the meat is really tender. The stew can now be chilled and frozen for up to 3 months – defrost completely before reheating until piping hot. Leave the stew to settle a little, then serve with Creamy parsnip mash for a true celebration of winter vegetables.

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Comments (113)

hodsonc's picture

I made two batches of this and in one I substituted half the guinness for beef stock and found this had a less harsh flavour so I mixed the two batches for the dinner party and everyone loved it. Next time I will add two thirds stout to one third stock and it should be perfect.

barrygreenback's picture

Added 2 cloves of garlic with the onions and some chilli flakes for a little kick to the gravy, agree best to add more liquid in the last hour so you have enough gravy

sven9999's picture

I think Guinness is too bitter for this recipe - or any recipe. I always use Mackeson's stout for this and it's awesome - not too bitter but rich and sweet. Leave out the pinch of sugar though, the Mackeson's is sweet enough already. Great recipe, thank you!

schmurf1's picture

My family loves this recipe. We add extra carrots. It's a winner!

dave6376's picture

i don't like Guinness so I used a dark German wheat beer instead (Erdinger Dunkel to be precise) and this worked well. It's worth checking the liquid level after about two hours cooking. I found I had to top up with a little boiling water otherwise there would have been next to no gravy.

nath276's picture

One way to ruin good ingredients, tasted weird

slacktastic's picture

I wanted a stew that tasted like it had been done in the slow cooker but that took half the time and this fitted the bill perfectly. I only used 700g of beef but it still served 5. Perfect winter comfort food especially with the snip mash, firmly in my winter repertoire!

lady_ophelia's picture

Hi everyone,

I am going to try this recipe next week but I need to buy a casserole dish first...can anyone recommend what sieze I would need to buy to cook this recipe, with this amount of ingredients? I'm a student and I want to learn how to cook. I hate ready meals and I'm in the process of buying some equipment for my kitchen to be able to cook lovely meals for me and my boyfriend...many thanks!

mrsroe's picture

Dee-licious! I made half the amount for my husband and I and it was lovely. I wish I had a big enough pan to make the whole amount so I could freeze some for later. The mash is lovely and we've been having it instead of mashed potato ever since.

jodie2933's picture

Was lovely, i put in mushrooms in to as i had some that needed using. I think red onion would be nice with this and will try it next time. I think i could do with more sauce. So maybe a can and a half of Guinness then finish the other half of the can while you wait!! Flavours was lovely though well worth the wait. Mash really good to quality comfort food!

sue_milton's picture

Absolutley lovely. I will definitley be making this one again.

dtall77's picture

This was absolutely delicious, especially the carrots. I made it some months ago, but having now noticed it again in my recipe binder it makes me think I have to make it again. Especially with the dark evenings closing in on us, it's the perfect time for such a dish.

zoewindsor's picture

Delicious! Can't believe something so simple tastes that good

carlylion7's picture

I think this has to be the best thing I've ever made, I made enough for some to go in the freezer, but it didn't make it there! Making it again for Sunday lunch tomorrow! Thanks for such a great recipe!

rachthecook's picture

Made this last Sunday. YUM. It was the first stew i've made and I'll definitely make it again. The smell wafting through the house on a cold autumnal day- wonderful! I had it with normal potato mash and shredded cabbage. Added celery and used dried thyme instead of fresh. Worth the 2+ hour wait.

colleen1's picture

a real treat added sweet potato and made whole big batch ,family favourite for sure

scraggworthy's picture

its even better in a slow cooker, I put it in early in the morning and eat in the evening, fantastic, also use Mackesons stout its even better than guiness and red wine works just as well.

alijanescott's picture

Melt in the mouth happiness! Great recipe and since there's only 2 of us we've got plenty in the freezer for another day.


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