Plant-It-Up Guinness Beef Stew, with a Gluten-Free Version

Plant-It-Up Guinness Beef Stew is your traditional beef stew with lentils added. Why add lentils? They add nutrition. They add fibre. They help thicken the stew and they do not change the taste or texture.

Plant-It-Up Guinness Beef Stew can be made in a slow cooker or a stove top pot. I prefer the slow cooker method because the beef stays tender and the flavours have time to blend.

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Updated March 23, 2021, from the original publication date of Nov. 9, 2020 by Deborah Esplin

This recipe is healthy, hearty, and gluten-free.

Guinness Beef Stew is a great one-pot, one-dish complete meal.

How To Make Plant-It-Up Guinness Beef Stew

Here is the video showing you how to make the stew, or you can read the directions below.

Equipment Needed For Guinness Beef Stew


Stew Essentials Kit

Check out my Essential Kitchen Kits or use these links to find the tools you need to make Beef Stew With Guinness.

Using a slow cooker or the slow cook function of an Instant Pot is a great way to get a nicely cooked, tender stew, rich in flavour.

6-Quart, 7-In-1 Instant Pot with slow cook function

8-Quart, 9-In-1 Instant Pot with slow cook function

A stockpot is very useful because the making of a stew involves a fair amount of water and ingredients. Having a good-sized stockpot means that you can make bigger batches, which is more efficient.

Stock Pot, 20 quart

Stock Pot, 16 quart

Stock Pot, 12 Quart

Soup Ladle, stainless steel with a cool, grip handle

Soup Ladle, silicone

Stainless Steel Bowl Set with Lids

Oxo Easy-Grip Bowls 3-Set

Victorinox Chef’s Knife

I like to have colour-coded, separate cutting boards for raw flesh ingredients and for other ingredients. I use one colour for cutting for raw, meat, fish, seafood, and poultry, and then other colours of cutting boards for everything else. This is a good food safety practice to adopt.

Coloured Cutting Boards, set of 3

I really like plastic containers for freezing stock, as plastic will not break if you drop it, and it is not as heavy. The ones below, by Rubbermaid, are leak-proof, dishwasher safe, and stackable. I love these containers for the freezer.

Rubbermaid Plastic Food Storage Containers, set of 21

Here is the recipe for Guinness Beef Stew, in a format that you can download, save, and print if desired.

Ingredients for Plant-It-Up Guinness Beef Stew

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  • 1 Litre (4 cups) concentrated beef stock + 3 Litres (12 cups) water OR
  • 2 Litres (8 cups) beef stock + 2 Litres (8 cups) water
  • 1 can Guinness beer
  • 14 mL (1 tbsp.) each Lemon juice, Balsamic vinegar, Beef concentrate, Worcestershire sauce
  • 450 grams (1 lb raw Beef)
  • 125 mL (1/2 cup) Red lentils
  • 3 Tomatoes or 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 100 g (1 cup) Mushrooms
  • 3 Celery sticks
  • 4 Carrots
  • 1 small Rutabaga
  • 4 Potatoes
  • 1 Parsnip
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 1 clove Garlic, if desired
  • 5 – 10 mL (1—2 tsp) each Salt, Pepper, Thyme, Italian Seasoning, or Provence Herbs
  • 3 mL (1/2 tsp) Mustard powder
  • Corn starch (or flour) and oil

Note: If you use corn starch, the recipe will be gluten-free.

Preparation for Guinness Beef Stew

Cut the beef into bite-sized cubes. Roll the cubes in the corn starch, or flour, until coated. Heat the oil in a skillet and sear the beef until most of the sides are lightly browned. You do not need to cook the beef just partially cook the outside.

Add the stock and beer to the pot. Put the seared beef cubes in the pot.

Wash, peel (as needed), and chop the vegetables into bite-sized pieces.

Sautée the onions and garlic for 2 to 3 minutes. They do not need to be completely cooked. You may need to add more oil. Add the onions to the liquid with the beef.

Lightly sautée the other vegetables, for about two minutes. This is to add extra flavour, but you can just put them straight into the liquid if you prefer. Add the lentils. Add a small amount of pepper and seasoning. Save the remaining ingredients for later.

Stir and let cook in the slow cooker for 6 to 8 hours. Stirring every 2 hours. If you use a pot, slowly bring the stew to a boil then reduce it to a slow simmer for 3 hours, and stir every 30 minutes.

After 5 hours in the slow cooker or 2 hours on the stovetop, add the remaining ingredients. Let the stew continue cooking until it has had 6 to 8 hours in the slow cooker or 3 hours in the pot. You can always cook the stew a little longer if you want.

Taste and adjust the seasoning as you wish.

If you need to thicken the stew, you can add a little more cornstarch. However, the cornstarch, or flour, used to coat the beef cubes, plus the slow cooking, should be enough to thicken the stew.

Serve the stew hot in bowls with a spoonful of mashed potatoes on the top. Here is my recipe for Mashed Potatoes.

Guinness Beef Stew is also delicious with rice or noodles instead of mashed potatoes.

Note: The alcohol in the beer will evaporate during the cooking process. So this stew is appropriate for the entire family.

Note: I add lentils because they increase the fiber but do not change the taste or texture. You can the lentils or not as you wish.

Tip: The stew is good in the refrigerator for four days or it can be frozen.


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This stew would go very well with a side-dish of How To Make Easy, Healthy 4-Vegetable Coleslaw.

And a simple dessert of 4-Ingredient Butter Shortbread: Fast & Easy is a great way to end the meal.


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