Healthier Irish Beef Stew

This hearty and healthier Irish beef stew may be better for you, but it does not sacrifice any flavor. Simmering for about 2 hours makes the meat and vegetables fork tender and delicious.


  • 1 1/4 lbs. lean beef stew meat, trim any fat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 cups onions, chopped (about 3 onions)
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 (24 oz.) container of reduced sodium beef stock or broth (3 cups)
  • 1 bottle beer, Guinness or other stout
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups baking potatoes, peeled and cut into ½ inch chunks (~2 potatoes)
  • 1 1/2 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ½ inch chunks (~2 potatoes)
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots, peeled and cut into ½ inch slices
  • 1 1/2 cups parsnips, peeled and cut into ½ inch slices
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • A little water


  1. Coat a large nonstick pot or Dutch oven with cooking spray. Add beef cubes to pan and cook for 5 minutes, over medium-high heat. Turn to brown all sides. Using a slotted spoon, remove the beef from pan.
  2. Heat 2 tsp. of oil in same pan. Add onions and cook for about 3 minutes. Stir in garlic and continue to cook until onions are soft, about 2 more minutes. Stir often.
  3. Add tomato paste and cook for 1 minute, stirring often.
  4. Stir in beef stock and beer, scraping down the sides to loosen the browned bits.
  5. Add back browned beef and stir in bay leaves, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour. Stir occasionally.
  6. Add potatoes, sweet potatoes and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer, cover and cook for an additional 40 minutes.
  7. Stir in carrots and parsnips, cover and simmer for 30 more minutes.
  8. In a small bowl, add cornstarch and a little water and using a whisk or fork, slowly mix to dissolve. Add dissolved cornstarch to stew and mix well. Cook uncovered over medium-high heat until stew is thickened, about 10 minutes.
  9. Remove bay leaves before serving.

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