Crockpot Guinness Beef Stew

It’s fall.  That time of year when the leaves are changing, the air is crisp, and all you want to do is lounge around in sweat pants and eat comfort food.  Of course it’s easier if you have a crock pot.  My crockpot has been with me for almost 12 years (and numerous moves) and it still works like a charm.  There’s nothing better than throwing a bunch of ingredients in the crockpot in the morning and forgetting about it, but coming home to a delicious smelling house and a big bowl of beef stew.

Beef stew is one of the easiest things to make and you can make multiple variations on it.  You just need vegetables, beef, some kind of liquid and some seasonings.  I’ve tried a bunch of variations on the liquid (I even tried balsamic vinegar) but I always come back to Guinness for my liquid.  It just adds a richness and depth of flavor and let’s face it, it just tastes better.  Who doesn’t love Guinness?

Anyways, I’ve made Guinness beef stew on the stovetop before, but I decided to throw everything into my crockpot this time so I wouldn’t have to babysit it.  It was super easy and it turned out amazing.  Even the tiny humans loved it.

Start by layering the vegetables in the bowl of your crockpot – onions, celery, carrots.

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Add cut up beef chuck roast.  Sometimes you can buy it cut for you in the supermarket.

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Add one packet of onion soup mix and bottle of Guinness.

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Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours.

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Add slurry (mixture of flour and water) to thicken.

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Serve over rice or egg noodles.  Enjoy!

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Recipe:
1 medium onion, sliced
4 ribs celery, cut into chunks
3 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
2 – 3 lbs beef chuck roast, cut into chunks
1 envelope onion soup mix
1 Guinness draught beer
1/2 cup water
2-3 Tablespoons flour
*serve over rice or egg noodles

In the bowl of a slow cooker, layer onions, celery and carrots.  Add beef.  Sprinkle onion soup mixture over top and add Guinness. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours.  In a small bowl, mix together flour and water.  It should look like a thick liquid.  Add to beef stew to thicken.  Serve over egg noodles or rice.

Enjoy!

Caroline