Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Stew

Prep Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 8 hrs
Total Time: 8 hrs 25 mins
Servings: 8
Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Stew

This comfortable beef dish can be easily prepared in the morning before leaving for the day, simmered slowly all day long, and served as a fantastic dinner meal.


  • 2 pounds (907 g) boneless beef chuck
  • salt and pepper for seasoning
  • ½ pound bacon, about 8 slices
  • 3 onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ cups (355 ml) beef broth
  • ¼ cup (66 g) tomato paste
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 large celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 ½ cups (355 g) potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 18 ounces (510 ml) dark beer
  • 1 ounce (28 g) bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • ⅓ cup (42 g) flour


Recipe instructions Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Stew

  1. Step 1

    Cut the beef into one and a half inch pieces, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Take it out of the pan, crumble it, and set it aside.

  2. Step 2

    In a large pot, fry the bacon until crispy. Set the meat aside. Leave the bacon grease in the pot. Brown the beef by cooking a small amount at a time in the pot. Once browned, remove the beef pieces and place them into the slow cooker insert. After finishing, also put the bacon in the slow cooker.

  3. Step 3

    Mix the beef broth and tomato paste and pour them into the slow cooker.

  4. Step 4

    Place the rest of the ingredients (carrots, celery, potatoes, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, pepper, thyme, and bay leaf) in a 6-8 quart slow cooker. At last, pour in the beer and add the chocolate. Give it a final stir.

  5. Step 5

    Cook on low for 8 hours.

  6. Step 6

    When finished, take off the lid of the slow cooker and carefully remove one cup of liquid from the stew. Put the liquid in a bowl with flour and whisk them together. Pour the mixture back into the stew and stir until it thickens, which should take about 5 minutes.

  7. Step 7

    Before serving, remember to remove the bay leaf.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 594
Fat: 43 g
Carbs: 24 g
Protein: 25 g