Irish Stew Slow Cooker Recipe

Irish Stew Slow Cooker Recipe

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Swap out the green beer for something a bit more traditional, like this Irish soup! Or… drink the green beer with the stew? You do you! Traditional Irish stew is made with mutton or lamb. I chose to go with chuck stew meat as it was a little easier on the pocket and tastes delicious. I also threw in a little Guinness for good measure as it adds to the savory flavor of this dish. Enjoy this recipe for St. Patrick’s Day and all year long!

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Irish stew slow cooker recipe.

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  • Check the stew 30 minutes before serving to see if you need to add any extra seasoning.

  • Brown the meat before throwing it in the crock pot as this enhances the flavor of the meat.

  • Cut the carrots and potatoes into large chunks to prevent them from turning into mush. Here we halved our golden baby potatoes and kept our carrots in 1 inch slices.

  • Like a more gravy like stew? Reduce the beef broth from 4 cups to 3 cups. Also increase the flour from 2 tbsp to 3 tbsp (or more if you like it extra thick). This will create a thicker gravy-like stew :-)

Want to speed things up with your Instant Pot? We got you covered! Scroll down to see Irish beef stew instant pot directions.

Want to make this stew in the oven? Pre-heat the oven to 325 F. Follow steps 1-4 below. Cook the stew in a large dutch oven for approximately 3 1/2 hours.

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Yield: 6

Irish Stew Slow Cooker Recipe

Delicious Irish stew made EASY in the slow cooker or instant pot. This beef stew has a little Guinness in it to add to the savory flavor of this dish. Enjoy this recipe for St. Patrick’s day and all year long!
prep time: 20 Mcook time: 4 hourtotal time: 4 H & 20 M


  • 2 lbs beef chuck stew meat
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cups reduced sodium beef broth
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup red wine (optional)
  • 1 12oz bottle of Guinness (or your favorite stout beer) (optional)
  • 2 tbsp Quick-Mixing Sauce 'N Gravy Flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • 1 leek, cut into 1/2 inch slices *note: only use white to light green part of the leek. Discard dark green ends.
  • 3 medium onions, quartered
  • 3 cups baby golden potatoes, halved
  • 1 lbs carrot, cut into 1 inch slices
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: fresh parsley garnish
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How to cook Irish Stew Slow Cooker Recipe

  1. Brown the meat: pat meat with paper towel. Sprinkle meat with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in the pan on medium heat. Brown the meat, working in batched as to not overcrowd the pan. This step can also be completed in the instant pot on the saute setting.
  2. Add Quick-Mixing Sauce 'N Gravy Flour to browned meat and mix well.  
  3. Transfer browned meat to the slow cooker (or instant pot). 
  4. Add remaining ingredients to the slow cooker (or instant pot) and mix well. 
  5. Cook on low setting for 8 hours or high setting for 4 hours, until meat is fork tender. If using the instant pot set to high pressure for 60 minutes. After the 60 minutes, allow the instant pot to slowly release pressure for 10 minutes before turning the quick pressure release knob.
  6. Garnish with fresh parsley, salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Enjoy!



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Author: Laurel Ann Deininger, MS, RD, LDN, CDE