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Beef Stew with Beer


Or beef stew with CHEAP beer. Because this was what I used. Not Guinness, not ale large, not stout. Just some cheap cans of beer that my husband grabbed from the liquor store without even looking at the brand but only the price, to make sure it’s the cheapest.

The key to the success of this dish is the meet. DO NOT bother to buy those pre-cubed beef stew meat. I’ve tried that, and it’s never as tender and flavorful as the meat from a big roast.

Ingredients (serves 4 to 6):

2 lb beef blade roast or chuck roast, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/4 all-purpose flour
3 tablespoon olive oil
3 carrots, cut into pieces
2 celery stems, cut into pieces
2 onions, cut into chunks
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 can beer
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 1/2 cups beef stock
2 bay leaf
1 tablespoon dried thyme
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


Preheat over to 300F.

Pat beef cubes dry, roll in flour until all sides are lightly floured.

Heat oil in a large pot. Brown beef evenly and thoroughly. Remove beef from pot. Set aside.

Add carrot, celery and onion to the pot. Saute until the vegetables are softened, around 5 minutes.

Add garlic and cook for another minute.

Pour in beer, scrap up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan.

Add beef, tomato paste, beef stock, bay leave, thyme, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer. Lower the heat, cover the pan and place in oven to cook for 2 hours.

Check on the stew, and add more stock if it’s getting dry. Add salt and pepper if needed.

Cook for another 30 minutes, until meat is very tender.

Sprinkle chopped parsley on top and serve with rice, pasta or mashed potato.


  1. Looks super yummy! I love cooking with beer.

  2. Yes pls, beef stew. I love it with red wine, beer, guiness, or even sake for a nice change to make it japanese too.

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  3. i agree with you!
    why is the pre-cubed stew meat
    always dry and chewy??
    thanks for the tip
    will buy roast from now on

  4. As a New Englander not much makes me as happy as a nice bowl of beef stew!

  5. what a great recipe for stew! thanks for sharing!

  6. Stew with beer is fantastic!

  7. Looks delicious, and I absolutely agree – stew meat never lives up to the potential of a dish!

  8. Sounds and looks really good. Cheap beer even better!

  9. Stew with beer is fantastic. It tenderizes and gives so much flavor even if it’s not a great beer. I’m wishing i could have a good sized bowl of this now, yum :)

  10. This sounds great!! Love the emphasis on the cheapest beer you see haha. I bet the meat is so tender and flavorful, looks great!

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