a bowl of irish beef stew with beef, carrots, celery and a wonderful gravy

Irish Beef Stew

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 6 -8
This Irish Beef stew was a surprising win in the Weeknight Dinners For Everyone category. And moms, it also means you did a St Patrick's day recipe!


  • Tablespoons  Olive Oil
  • 2.25 lb  Beef Chuck or Stew Meat cubed
  • 3/4  Teaspoons  Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Cloves Garlic  minced
  • Red onions one minced and one chopped in bigger chunks
  • 4 Slices Bacon diced
  • 15 Ounces Coke Coca Cola pop
  • Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 2 Teaspoons Better than Beef Bouillon plus 2 cups of water or 2 Cups Beef Broth
  • 1 Teaspoon Better than Chicken Bouillon plus 1 cup of water or 1 Cup Chicken Broth *see note
  • Large Carrots  peeled and cut into chunks on a diagonal
  • Large Celery Stalks chopped
  • Bay Leaves
  • Sprig Fresh Thyme or 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • 1/4 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Cold Water


  • Prepare the meat by patting dry with paper towels, then sprinkle with salt and pepper, tossing to coat. Allow to sit out for 5-8 minutes before cooking.
  • Heat oil in a heavy based pot over high heat. Add beef in batches and brown on each side, removing the meat to a plate as it finishes and repeat with remaining meat.
  • Remove pot from heat and add a drizzle of oil if needed.
  • Return the pot to medium heat, add garlic and onions. Cook for 3 minutes until softening, then add bacon, stirring occasionally.
  • Cook until bacon is browned.
  • Dump the meat and all accumulated juices back into the pot. Mix well then add remaining ingredients.
  • Bring the stew to a simmer then lower heat so it is bubbling gently.
  • Place a lid on the pot. Cook for 2 hours, the meat should be practically falling apart by now.
  • In a glass measuring cup, add the flour and water together, whisking vigorously to combine.
  • With the stew simmering, slowly stir the flour mixture into the pot.
  • Remove the lid and simmer for 30 - 45 minutes or until the beef falls apart at a touch.
  • Remove bay leaves and thyme.
  • Serve with bread!


We use better than beef and chicken bouillon because the flavor is much better than canned broth.
Nutrition Facts
Irish Beef Stew
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 395 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 143mg48%
Sodium 946mg41%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 49g98%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.