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Irish Beef Stew Recipe with Mashed Potatoes

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Never worry about how to make beef stew again with this Irish Beef Stew Recipe with Mashed Potatoes! Super tasty and perfect for dinner.

Irish beef stew with mashed potatoes

Irish Beef Stew Recipe

Let’s talk about this Irish Beef Stew Recipe… I guess tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day and I was feeling like celebrating this holiday, so I came up with stew.

Now, what makes beef 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 + beef stew = Irish Stew.  So, since I don’t drink any kind of booze, what am I left with? Irish Stew – beer = beef stew. Yup, plain ol’ beef stew. But since it’s the holidays, I called it Irish Beef Stew because I can. Don’t be a hater. You know you want to jump on the Irish/non-Irish bandwagon too.

So all that riff-raff aside, this beef stew is amazing. It’s stellar on its 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.

Beef Stew Over Mashed Potatoes

Beef Stew Ingredients

Beef – Hello, beef is in the name of the recipe. You’ll need it.

Carrots and Peas – Vegetables are important for health, flavor, and color. We eat with our eyes first then our mouths.

Onion and Garlic – This duo always brings out an “Mmmmm, what are you making? Smells good” from anybody nearby!

Seasonings –  These include salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme, and a bay leaf. If you want to add a little more depth of flavor experiment with adding some beer. Readers in the comments below have tried this and loved it. But of course, it’s optional!

Butter and Flour – These are mixed together to make a thickening agent that makes the stew so creamy and delicious.

How to Make Beef Stew

Browning Beef

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

Carrots and Onions

While the meat is doing its thing, chop up some onion and carrot.


Oh, and garlic too.  I love garlic.

Beef and Vegetables

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

Adding Seasonings

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

Beef Broth

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.

Frozen Peas

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

Butter and Flour

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.

Adding Butter Flour Mixture

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.

Beef Stew Recipe

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

mashed potatoes

Make sure your mashed potatoes are extra creamy, buttery and tangy! Find out my secret ingredient here.

Enjoy your weekend! 🙂

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4.99 from 57 votes

Irish Beef Stew Recipe with Mashed Potatoes

Never worry about how to make beef stew again with this Irish Beef Stew Recipe with Mashed Potatoes! Super tasty and perfect for dinner.
servings 4 servings
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs


  • 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
  • 1/3 cup frozen peas
  • mashed potatoes


  • In a 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.


Calories: 341kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 604mg | Potassium: 716mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 10460IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 3.1mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beef Stew, Beef Stew Recipe, How to Make Beef Stew, Stew Recipe

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155 Responses
  1. Sarah

    5 stars
    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! 🙂

  2. Bridget @ Mama Says Dance In The Rain

    5 stars
    Just wanted to share that I made the Irish Beef Stew and mashed potatoes.It was awesome. I blogged about it on http://www.mamasaysdanceintherain.blogspot.com

    Thanks for an awesome recipe!

  3. Kathleen

    5 stars
    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!

  4. SallyN

    5 stars
    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!!!

  5. Haley

    5 stars
    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.

  6. michelle

    5 stars
    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.

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  8. Kathy

    5 stars
    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!

  9. Jamie

    5 stars
    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!

  10. Christine

    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!

  11. Lindsay

    5 stars
    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 : )

  12. Melinda

    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.

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  14. Debra

    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.

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  16. Chris @ The Keenan Cookbook

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

  17. katie

    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!

  18. Jillian @ Newlybread

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

  19. Paige

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

  20. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    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. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids

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

  22. Ellen @ The Baking Bluenoser

    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!

  23. Mary-Michael

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

  24. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    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!)

  25. Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau

    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?!

  26. baker in disguise

    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!!

  27. Suzanne

    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.

  28. Schmidty

    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!

      1. Sheila

        5 stars
        OMG I made this last night, it was The Bomb…I only put in mushrooms and we had it with toasted english muffins…I can tell you this will be a weekly event!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe!!n My hub ate 3 bowls..ha