Delicious Irish Stew: A Hearty Comfort Food Recipe

Ah, there’s nothing quite like a hearty bowl of Irish stew to warm you up on a chilly evening. This slow cooker Irish beef stew recipe is sure to hit the spot with its tender chunks of beef, savory vegetables, and rich tomato sauce. If you’re in the mood for something hearty and delicious that will stick to your bones, this Irish stew recipe is just what you need.

You might be wondering why I’m so passionate about Irish cuisine. Well, it’s simple really. Growing up, my grandmother used to make a traditional Irish stew that was passed down through generations. The aroma of it cooking on the stove had a way of drawing everyone in the house towards the kitchen.

As I’ve grown older, I’ve come to appreciate how food can transport you back in time, evoke memories and bring people together. And that’s exactly what this Irish stew does for me.

So today, I’m sharing this recipe with you in the hopes that it will become a family favorite for generations to come. So pull out your slow cooker and let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Irish Stew in a Crock
Irish Stew in a Crock

Folks, listen up! I’m absolutely thrilled to share with you my recipe for Irish Stew in a Crock that’ll leave you wondering where this dish has been all your life. Here’s why you’re going to love it:

Firstly, this hearty and delicious stew will warm you from the inside out on even the coldest and rainiest days. Imagine tender chunks of beef slow-cooked to perfection in a rich tomato sauce, surrounded by potatoes, carrots, and celery – it’s enough to make your mouth water!

And let’s not forget about the versatility of the dish. Whether you’re having a cozy dinner for two or hosting a family gathering or potluck, this recipe can easily be doubled or tripled without compromising quality.

Moreover, the beauty of this recipe is that it only requires minimal preparation thanks to the crockpot – just toss in all the ingredients in the morning and let them cook low and slow for eight hours while you go on with your day.

Plus, with easy-to-find ingredients like beef stew meat, onions, garlic, red wine, and fresh parsley, you don’t have to deal with any complicated grocery runs or stress about not finding an exotic ingredient.

In summary, this nourishing Irish Stew in a Crock recipe is hearty, comforting and easy to make. It is perfect for those who love comfort food and want something warm and delicious without any effort. Try this recipe today and let it soothe your soul!

Ingredient List

 A hearty meal is never complete without Irish Stew in a Crock.
A hearty meal is never complete without Irish Stew in a Crock.

Ingredients for Irish Stew in a Crock Recipe

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this classic Irish beef stew recipe:

  • 2 pounds beef chuck, cut into 1 1/2 – 2 inch cubes
  • 3-4 large carrots, diced
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 stalks of celery, diced
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • A small handful of fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 cup of good quality red wine
  • 2 cups of low-sodium beef broth
  • ½ cup of canned tomato sauce or 1 tablespoon of tomato paste

These Irish beef stew ingredients create a hearty and delicious dish perfect for a crockpot Irish beef stew.

The Recipe How-To

 This stew may take time, but is always worth the wait.
This stew may take time, but is always worth the wait.

Preparing and Cooking the Irish Stew in a Crock

Now it’s time to start preparing the main course: Irish Beef Stew! This traditional Irish dish is hearty, delicious, and perfect for a cold evening or a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. This recipe is made in a slow cooker, making it easy to cook low and slow for 8 hours while you go about your day.
Make sure to have all the ingredients on hand before starting the recipe.

Step-by-Step Directions

Here are step-by-step directions on how to make this easy crockpot Irish Beef Stew:

1. Brown the meat

In a large skillet, heat up 2 tablespoons of olive oil over high heat. Add 2 pounds of beef chuck cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes, and diced 1 large yellow onion. Sear until all sides are browned.

2. Combine ingredients in slow cooker

Transfer the seared meat and onions to a slow cooker. Add 3-4 carrots, potatoes, celery, and 1 bay leaf chopped into pieces the same size as beef cubes.

3. Add liquids and spices

Add 4 cups of beef broth, 1/2 cup of red wine, 1 can (8 oz) of tomato sauce, 1 tablespoon of tomato paste, 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste) and pepper.

4. Cooking your Irish Stew Slow Cooker Style

Cover your slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours until meat is tender.

5. Serving Time!

Remove bay leaves from stew then serve hot with fresh parsley as garnish.

It’s an easy dinner that comes out perfect every time! Enjoy your homemade Irish Stew from our Old Sod cookbook.

Substitutions and Variations

 A handful of fresh herbs will add the perfect touch of flavour to your Irish Stew.
A handful of fresh herbs will add the perfect touch of flavour to your Irish Stew.

In cooking, substitutions and variations can help you adapt a recipe to your personal taste, dietary restrictions, or the ingredients that you have on hand. With this Irish stew recipe, there are a few ways that you can customize it to suit your preferences.

First, if you don’t eat beef, you can try making an Irish lamb stew instead. Simply use boneless lamb shoulder or leg meat cut into 1-2 inch pieces in place of the beef chuck. Lamb is a traditional meat for Irish stew and has a slightly gamier flavor than beef.

You might also want to experiment with other vegetables in the stew. While carrots, onions, potatoes, and celery are the classic choices, feel free to add or substitute other ingredients such as parsnips, turnips, sweet potatoes, or mushrooms. Just be sure to cut them into similarly sized pieces so they cook evenly.

For a heartier and more flavorful version of the stew, try adding some Guinness beer or any other dark ale instead of red wine. Guinness adds a deep richness and bitterness that complements the savory beef and vegetables. You could also add some tomato paste or diced tomatoes for acidity and sweetness.

If you prefer a thicker stew, you can mix 1-2 tablespoons of cornstarch with some cold water before adding it to the pot during the last hour of cooking. This will help thicken up the broth and give the stew a more gravy-like consistency.

Finally, if you don’t have a slow cooker or Crock-Pot, you can still make this dish on the stove in a heavy pot with a tight-fitting lid. Simply brown the meat and vegetables first in some oil over medium-high heat in batches until well-browned, then add all of the ingredients to the pot and simmer on low for about two hours until everything is tender.

Remember that cooking is an art as much as it is science – feel free to adjust and experiment with ingredients and techniques to create a hearty, delicious Irish stew that suits your taste and style!

Serving and Pairing

 Nothing beats the warmth of a delicious, piping hot Irish Stew on a cold day.
Nothing beats the warmth of a delicious, piping hot Irish Stew on a cold day.


When it comes to serving Irish Stew, there’s no better way to enjoy it than with some freshly baked crusty bread. The bread acts as a perfect vehicle for scooping up every last bit of the hearty and delicious stew. Irish soda bread or any other rustic loaf would be a perfect choice.

This stew is also great when paired with a side salad made with spring greens or kale, drizzled with a simple vinaigrette made from olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. The zesty flavors of the salad perfectly complement the deep and comforting flavors of beef and vegetables in the stew.

When it comes to beverage pairing, you can never go wrong with a pint of Guinness or another dark Irish stout. The full-bodied nutty flavor and creamy texture of the beer work well to wash down the rich and earthy flavors of the stew.

For those who don’t drink alcohol, a cup of hot tea or coffee may be perfect to accompany this hearty dish. It will provide warmth during cold nights and will help balance out the rich flavors.

In summary, serving Irish Stew alongside a warm crusty bread, fresh greens salad, and your beverage choice makes for an all-around satisfying meal that will warm your soul on any day.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The aroma of this stew cooking is sure to make everyone's mouth water.
The aroma of this stew cooking is sure to make everyone’s mouth water.

Ah, make-ahead meals…a busy person’s dream! Thankfully, this slow cooker Irish stew recipe is perfect for prepping ahead of time.

To make this dish ahead of time, simply follow the recipe instructions until you reach the point where you would normally add the potatoes, carrots and celery. At this point, remove the slow cooker insert from the slow cooker base and place in the fridge to cool overnight. In the morning, simply add the veggie trio and continue cooking on low for 6-8 hours as instructed.

When it comes to storing leftovers, be sure to transfer them to an airtight container with a lid once they’ve cooled off. Leftovers can be kept in the fridge for up to four days. When reheating your Irish stew, I recommend using a microwave-safe bowl or a pot over medium-low heat on the stovetop. Be sure to reheat it slowly to avoid burning and uneven heating.

A note about freezing: while this Irish stew can certainly be frozen for later consumption, it’s worth mentioning that potatoes have a tendency to turn grainy when frozen and thawed. If you can deal with slightly altered potato texture, go ahead and freeze away! Just be sure to thaw completely in the fridge before reheating.

Tips for Perfect Results

 One bite of this Irish Stew and you'll be transported to a cozy Irish pub.
One bite of this Irish Stew and you’ll be transported to a cozy Irish pub.

To ensure the perfect Irish Stew, there are some tips and techniques that will go a long way in achieving a mouth-watering dish. Here are some tips for preparing the most delicious and hearty Irish Stew.

1. Cut meat in cubes of equal sizes

When preparing your Irish stew recipe, it is essential to cut your meat into equal cubes. This guarantees that the meats cook evenly and consistently until they become tender and flavorful.

2. Saute vegetables before adding them to the pot

Before adding vegetables to the slow cooker or pot, sauté them in butter or olive oil for extra flavor. Sautéing also brings out the natural sweetness of the vegetables, making them tender and flavorful.

3. Layer ingredients properly

Layering ingredients properly will ensure they all cook evenly throughout preparation. Start by layering your cubed meat at the bottom, then layer your carrot, onions, potatoes and celery. Then add sufficient water or beef broth until all ingredients are immersed.

4. Slow cook it

Irish stew is known for its tenderness and full flavor, which can only be achieved with a slow-cooking process. Cook on low heat over 8 hours or high heat for 4 hours. The longer you cook it, the more flavorful it will become.

5. Be mindful of salt

Irish Stew already contains a fair amount of salt from some of its ingredients like beef broth or tomato sauce. Be careful when seasoning with additional salt as it is easier to add but difficult to remove once added.

Following these simple tips will ensure that your Irish stew comes out with perfect results every time.


Now it’s time to address any questions or concerns that may arise while making this delicious Irish stew. Here are answers to some common FAQs that can help you along the way.

What makes Irish stew different from regular stew?

When comparing beef stew and Irish stew, it is essential to note the key variances in terms of the broth and meat selection. Beef stew typically calls for diced beef, like stew meat or chuck roast, while Irish stew, historically, requires a hearty broth made from beer and lamb or mutton as the preferred meat choice.

Which ingredients do you need for an Irish stew?

Although some may insist that an authentic Irish stew must include solely mutton, onions, and potatoes, the truth is that a myriad of vegetables like carrots, celery, turnips, swedes, parsnips, leek, kale and cabbage can be added to create a deliciously traditional dish.

What cut of beef is best for Irish stew?

When it comes to making a hearty stew, choosing the right cut of beef is essential. The go-to choice for most chefs is chuck steak, also referred to as gravy or braising beef. Sourced from the forequarter of the animal, which includes the neck, shoulder blade, and upper arm, chuck steak is readily available and budget-friendly, making it a wise selection for your stew recipe.

Will stew meat get tender in a slow cooker?

Slow cooker beef stew is a wonderful dish that requires minimal effort once all the ingredients are in the pot. Just let the slow cooker work its magic on low heat for about eight hours, and the beef will become fork-tender and effortless to pull apart.

Bottom Line

: Overall, this Irish Stew in a Crock Recipe is a must-try for anyone interested in delicious and hearty traditional British cuisine. There’s something so comforting and satisfying about a stew that has been slow-cooked to perfection, allowing each ingredient to develop its unique flavour and aroma.

Whether you’re hosting a cozy gathering with loved ones or simply looking for an easy but filling dinner option, this recipe is sure to impress. With ingredients like potatoes, carrots, onions, and beef all swimming in a rich and flavourful broth made up of red wine and beef broth – there’s no way your taste buds won’t thank you.

Not to mention, the ease of preparation with the slow cooker method makes it a stress-free meal choice. You can throw everything together in the morning before starting work or errands, and by dinnertime, you’ll have a steaming pot of tender Irish stew waiting for you.

So go ahead and give this Irish Stew in a Crock Recipe a try – I guarantee that it will become a staple in your household!

Irish Stew in a Crock

Irish Stew in a Crock Recipe

I made this for the first time on St. Patrick's Day 2007 ......... I'll make it again next St Patrick's Day - or sooner!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Irish
Keyword Easy, European, Kid-Friendly, Meat, One-Dish Meal, Potato, Savory, St. Patrick's Day, Stew, Vegetable, Winter
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 9 hours
Calories 1939.3kcal


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 lbs beef, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 large potatoes
  • 3 large carrots
  • 3 onions
  • 3 stalks celery


  • Heat butter & oil in a heavy skillet; brown beef cubes & transfer to crockpot.
  • Add liquids & seasonings.
  • Cut veggies into chunks and add to the crockpot.
  • Cover & cook on low for 9 hours; thicken sauce with cornstarch, if necessary.


Serving: 867g | Calories: 1939.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 68.3g | Protein: 27.9g | Fat: 171.2g | Saturated Fat: 70.5g | Cholesterol: 236.2mg | Sodium: 1467.6mg | Fiber: 11.1g | Sugar: 12.9g

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