Irish Beef Stew & Mashed Potatoes

Irish Beef Stew & Mashed Potatoes Final 3 So I guess tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day. I won’t be wearing green. Please don’t pinch me.

Feel free to kiss me though cause I’m Irish!

And by Irish I mean Canadian. My husband is like 1/32 Irish, so that sort of counts right? Irish through marriage?


Well, I was feeling like celebrating this holiday, so I came up with stew.  Ya know, comfort food to bring me back to the roots of my ancestors. There ain’t nothing like it.

Now, what makes stew Irish?

Do you think I know the answer to that? Cause I do :) ….well sort of. Through my research, I’ve concluded that beer + stew = Irish Stew.  So, since I don’t drink any kind of booze, what am I left with? Irish Stew – beer = stew. Yup, plain ol’ stew. But since it’s the holidays, I called it Irish Stew because I can. Don’t be a hater. You know you want to jump on the Irish/non-Irish band wagon too.

So all that riff raff aside, this stew is amazing. It’s stellar on it’s own {cough cough super tender meat, gravy aka liquid gold and sweet carrots & peas} but totally life changing with mashed potatoes. Who doesn’t love a creamy spud? Honestly. So, moral of the story: {1} I’m weird. Duh. {2} make this. {3} Make this with mashed potatoes. You’re welcome.

Here’s how to make it:

Irish Stew 1 Start by browning some stew meat in a little olive oil. You want every side brown. Brown food = good.

Irish Stew 2 While the meat is doing it’s thing, chop up some onion and carrot.

Irish Stew 3 Oh, and garlic too.  I love garlic.

Irish Stew 4 Once all the meat is browned, toss in those veggies and cook for a few minutes.

Irish Stew 5 Now, we’ll toss in some salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme, and a bay leaf. All yummy flavors to have in a hearty stew.

Irish Stew 6 So now comes the easy part. Well, I guess it’s all pretty easy up until this point….so, uh, yeah. Pour in some beef broth. I know. SO HARD, right? Cover and simmer this 2-4 hours {or longer…whatevs} until that meat is super tender.

Irish Stew 7 So, once you’re ready to actually eat the stew, toss in some peas….

Irish Stew 8 and this little concoction of butter and flour. Basically, this is equal parts really soft butter and all purpose flour–this is going to make that beef broth liquid into the best gravy known to man.

Irish Stew 9 So all you do is plop that mixture into your hot pot and stir it in to melt. Everything should tighten up and become creamified. That’s not a word.

Irish Stew 10 So here she blows. The tastiest stew in the northwest….and Ireland, apparently.

Irish Beef Stew & Mashed Potatoes Final 1 Make sure your mashed potatoes are extra creamy, buttery and tangy! Find out my secret ingredient here.

Enjoy your weekend! :)

Irish Beef Stew

Yield: 4 servings


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb. stew meat
4 large carrots, peeled & chopped
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt & pepper, to taste
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon rosemary
1 large bay leaf or 2 small
2 cups beef broth
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
heaping 1/3 cup frozen peas

mashed potatoes (recipe found here)


In large pot or deep skillet, brown stew meat in olive oil until browned on all sides, about 4 minutes. Pour in onions, carrots, garlic and spices. Cook another 5 minutes. Deglaze pan with beef broth. Cover and simmer 2-4 hours or until meat is very tender. (This would be perfect to cook in the crockpot!) When you are ready to serve, remove bay leaf. In a small bowl stir softened butter and flour together until smooth and incorporated. Stir butter mixture into the stew with the frozen peas. Once the gravy thickens slightly, it's done. Serve hot over mashed potatoes.

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92 Responses to “Irish Beef Stew & Mashed Potatoes”

  1. #
    Schmidty — March 16, 2012 at 5:40 am

    That is a beautiful stew! ….Butter and flour? ….wow, I have to try it….I’ve been cooking for 40 years and have never heard of this!


  2. #
    Suzanne — March 16, 2012 at 7:38 am

    I have always used flour mixed with water to thicken a stew but your way with butter sounds so much more sumptious. I am of Irish extraction though I live in New Zealand and I used to make Irish stew for my father when he came over to eat with us. Sadly he is no longer with us and I no longer make it. Great memories though.


  3. #
    baker in disguise — March 16, 2012 at 8:25 am

    How delish!! I have to make some Irish soda bread for the Tuesdays with dorie group..well now u know what I’ll be pairing it up with..!! the soda bread will be perfect for mopping up the stew gravy!!


  4. #
    Priyanka — March 16, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Awesome stew recipe and great combination with mashed potato


  5. #
    Kathryn — March 16, 2012 at 9:46 am

    This looks so delicious, especially over that pile of steaming mashed potato.


  6. #
    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes — March 16, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I need to make this 😀


  7. #
    Blog is the New Black — March 16, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I’m coming over for dinner.


  8. #
    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — March 16, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    That butter and flour trick is really cool – I think I’ll have to try that for any stews I make, starting with this. Goodness, how good does that look spooned all over those creamy, dreamy mashed potatoes?!


  9. #
    Mary-Michael — March 16, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I love that your recipes don’t involve ingredients I have to run all over town to find! Thanks for all the great food!


  10. #
    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — March 16, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    This looks fabulous. I’ve been looking for a good beef stew recipe, and this one is simple and classic. I can’t wait to try it! (Yes, I will be the girl eating stew in 70-degree weather and I will be PROUD of it!)


  11. #
    Cookbook Queen — March 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    My husband LOOOOOVES stew, but I never make it. I think I need to surprise him with this tomorrow!!


  12. #
    Emily @ She Makes and Bakes — March 16, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    That looks delicious! I definitely have to try it. Love the flour/butter trick.


  13. #
    Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin — March 16, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I am just discovering your blog and I think this looks so tasty! Perfect for this weekend :)


  14. #
    From Valerie's Kitchen — March 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I love that you’ve served it over mashed potatoes…and with peas….mmmmmm.


  15. #
    Donna — March 16, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    This looks amazing! Happy St Patrick’s Day. 😀


  16. #
    Anna @ hiddenponies — March 16, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Perfect comfort food. Do people still pinch each other on St. Patrick’s? Green is so not my colour.


  17. #
    Ellen @ The Baking Bluenoser — March 16, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Yum this looks incredible! I saw the picture on twitter last night but I couldn’t figure out what it was. Can’t wait to try this recipe!


  18. #
    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — March 17, 2012 at 2:22 am

    This looks truly delicious. I am strongly thinking about making this tomorrow. :) Have a great weekend!


  19. #
    Deborah — March 17, 2012 at 4:55 am

    Total comfort food. I want some now!!


  20. #
    Jolene ( — March 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Mmmmmmmmm, Irish stew is sooooooo good, but I have never thought to put it over mashed potatoes! That just ups the goodness factor by about 1000% percent!


  21. #
    Paige — March 18, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Found this recipe through Pinterest. We made it tonight and it was DELICIOUS! My hubby requested that it go into our regular rotation. :)


  22. #
    Jillian @ Newlybread — March 18, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    I love stew over mashed potatoes so much! For sure going to give this a try! Thanks for posting, love your blog!


  23. #
    katie — March 19, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    this looks and sounds amazing… i love making a stew and serving it over mashed potatoes! it was so nice meeting you this past weekend at Food Blog Forum!


  24. #
    Chris @ The Keenan Cookbook — March 20, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    I’ve never done mashed potatoes with stew, but this looks delish. And hey, everyone is Irish on St Patricks Day :)


  25. #
    Debra — March 27, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I am making this for dinner tonight. I hope mine turns out like yours. I’ve never made stew this way before. The potatoes sound delicious, can’t wait to try the cream cheese in them. Just found your blog a couple of days ago via Pinterest. So glad I did.


    • Lauren — March 27th, 2012 @ 11:49 pm

      Woo hoo! Welcome to the club, Debra!


  26. #
    Cleat — June 22, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Add red wine, English mustard, wholegrain mustard and chicken hearts and you’re really in business.


  27. #
    marla — July 18, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I know that this is from March, but I am craving it NOW!!


  28. #
    Melinda — August 4, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I found your recipe for “Irish” Stew on Pintrest and I love your blog. I haven’t quite figured out how to follow a blog so would you please let me know how so I can follow yours. I have not laughed in a while but you put a smile on my face. Thanks!
    And I can’t wait to try your recipes.


  29. #
    Julie — September 12, 2012 at 3:41 pm
  30. #
    Lindsay — October 4, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Made this the other night and it was DELICIOUS!! My husband LOVED it! Thank you for such an easy recipe! Will become a family staple for sure : )


  31. #
    Christine — October 21, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Hi I was wondering now long do you put it in the crockpot for? Do you cook it on high or low?

    Thanks I am making this today and am trying to figure out when to start cooking!


    • Lauren — October 21st, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

      I would say cook it 3 hours on high, or 5-6 hours on low or until the meat is fork tender.


  32. #
    Jamie — October 24, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    This is absolutely the BEST stew I have ever eaten in my life!!!
    I had a great recipe but I have been told by my family that THIS is my new recipe!
    Thanks so much!


  33. #
    Kathy — October 30, 2012 at 3:30 am

    Wonderful stew…my family loved it! The flour/butter concoction did make the best gravy ever. I will be using this method more often to thicken stew. Thanks for sharing!


  34. #
    Debi — December 25, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Made this today for our Christmas dinner….it was FANTASTIC! Thank You for sharing!!!


  35. #
    michelle — January 11, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    I made this tonight in the crockpot, will be dinner tomorrow. It is sooo tasty. I added chopped potatoes to the stew rather than serving it over mashed and it still turned out great. I’m just wondering what kind of fry pan you use. I need a new one and would like a recommendation for something other than non-stick.


  36. #
    Haley — January 14, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I made this tonight and my husband said it was the best beef stew he’s ever had! I loved it as well! Thanks for the delicious recipe.


  37. #
    SallyN — February 9, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Wow! This is delish! I couldn’t stand stew growing up! This recipe is simple, makes the house smell amazing and tastes even better. Even my picky teens love it! I do add the beer for a depth of flavor. It’s one of our favorite dinners now!!! Thank you! Love your recipes!!!


    • Lauren — February 10th, 2013 @ 9:40 pm

      glad I could help, Sally!


  38. #
    Sallie — February 10, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Just saw this on your FB post. Honestly, I drooled a little bit when I saw it. Thanks!


  39. #
    lisa — February 19, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Just made this for supper tonight……..YUM, so comforting on a cold and blustery night. fast easy and Delicious. it’s a keeper!


  40. #
    Kathleen — February 20, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    This is the best recipe for beef stew I have found!! And I have searched everywhere, including Grandma and Great Grandma’s secret recipe boxes! (Both Irish!) It is so soooooo easy too! I don’t really care for potatoes boil in stews or roasted with a pot roast and the mashed potatoes are the perfect solution. My family loves it and I thank you for sharing it!


  41. #
    Lauryn — February 25, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    We are trying this tonight! Can’t wait:) Thanks for the recipe!


  42. #
    Wendy — March 11, 2013 at 10:17 am

    This was DELICIOUS!! Hands down, the best stew I’ve ever made. Love the butter and flour trick.


  43. #
    Bridget @ Mama Says Dance In The Rain — March 18, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Just wanted to share that I made the Irish Beef Stew and mashed potatoes.It was awesome. I blogged about it on

    Thanks for an awesome recipe!


  44. #
    Sarah — April 26, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    This stew is AMAZING! Like so good I could cry 😉 I added a little sage to it since I didnt have any rosemary-yummy! Thanks for this recipe! I plan to use it again and again! :)


  45. #
    Carrissa — July 25, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Made this for the family. My family can EAT so I was hoping they world love it, it was Delicious and so filling. I will be making this again.


  46. #
    beeks — December 8, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Delicious! I made this on this cold snowy Sunday. I substituted Guiness Beer for the broth> Great recipe!


  47. #
    carrie wick — January 7, 2014 at 11:25 am

    I just wanted to share with you the way I cook my meat, you all should try this. I purchase boneless country ribs. pork or beef (both work great) I roll them individually in chili power , garlic power & parsley flakes. then I wrap them individually in saran wrap and place them in my oven for 6 hours on 250. no higher or the plastic will melt then. when there done they will be very moist then I cut them in chunks for the rest of my ingredients for my stew. Enjoy. It sounds like alot of work , but it really isn’t and its well worth it. you will never cook your meat the other way again.



  48. #
    Sherry D. — February 2, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I made this substituting green beans for the peas. I added them at the same time given for the peas. Can’t help it … I really dislike peas! Would have never thought to serve over mashed potatoes … it was Outstanding!!!! Thank you for the recipe.


  49. #
    Lee — February 2, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    how about using EVOO in place of the butter?


    • Lauren — February 2nd, 2014 @ 9:27 pm

      yup, it should work just as well!


  50. #
    Sandra — March 15, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    I’ve been looking for a simple, yet delicious, recipe for Irish Stew. I tweaked yours a bit and OMG it’s the Best. Thing. Ever.

    I added a can of Guinness and barley instead of peas. I also served it over colcannon for an added dose of Irishness (and vegetables). It’s meals like this that make me so happy I’m the one that made it. Why go out for dinner when I can feed my belly for days with something this delicious?!

    Total win!



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