Serve up this Instant Pot Irish Beef Stew for dinner tonight. Loaded with beef stew meat, potatoes, carrots, bacon, in a savory broth, that offers a nice kick of flavor thanks to the Guinness beer.
This dinner can be cooked in 25 minutes for a slow-simmered flavor that will win over your entire family. Pair with some buttered bread, crisp green salad, and dive in.
If you love beef, you'll love this beef stew recipe. It's one of our favorite comfort food recipes, and it's right up there with other favorites like a crockpot taco casserole.
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Why You Will Enjoy This Guinness Beef Stew
- Loaded with Vegetables
- Savory Flavorful Broth
- Real Guinness Beer used in the stew
- Unique Flavor
- Ready in under 30 minutes
- Great leftover
- Serves a Crowd
What is Irish beef stew?
Irish beef stew is a hearty and filling beef stew that is full of vegetables, tender stew meat, and a savory beef and beer broth. Guinness beer takes front stage in this hearty beef stew with beer recipe.
Ingredients For Guinness Beef Stew
- Stew Meat
- Red Potaotes
- White Onion
- Beef Broth
- Bay Leaves
- Guinness Stout Beer
- Salt & Pepper
- Cornstarch + Water
How To Make Instant Pot Guinness Beef Stew
Start by adding your diced bacon into the pressure cooker and saute it until cooked crispy. Then you will toss in the white onion to saute as well.
Once the bacon is done, add in your stew meat, and cook until it is lightly browned if desired. I highly recommend this, but it is optional depending on the amount of time you have.
Next, stir in the beef broth, and use a wooden spoon to deglaze the bottom of the pan. Make sure you get all stuck on food off of the bottom of the pan so you won't get a burn notice.
Add in the vegetables, beer, and add more broth if your vegetables and meat are out of the water. Cover to just barely cover the meat and veggies. We used beef broth in this recipe, but you could also use our homemade Instant Pot bone broth.
Toss in the herbs along with salt and pepper. Place lid on and make sure the valve is set to sealing.
Cook high pressure for 25 minutes and do a quick release of pressure. Create your cornstarch slurry and stir into the mixture to allow it to thicken the sauce.
Once thickened serve up this homemade stew.
Why Do You Sear Beef For Stews?
You will find some recipes recommend searing the beef before you cook it, and others don't. With any recipe you can take the time to season your beef before you pressure cook it.
Searing the beef helps to lock in a ton of flavor and it provides a nice texture to the beef. I highly recommend always searing your meats.
Can I Make This an Irish Lamb Stew
Some Guinness recipes feature lamb instead of beef. You are welcome to swap the meat out if you would prefer. We just enjoy beef over lamb in terms of flavor.
You could also transform this into an Instant Pot venison stew if you would like, by adding venison in instead of beef.
This beef stew with beer will store for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. You can then reheat in the microwave, warm up the beef stew on the stovetop, or toss leftovers in a slow cooker to slowly warm it up.