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Slow Cooker Irish Stew

March 8, 2015

Slow Cooker Irish Stew
I love to bring winter to a close with one last hearty comfort stew in March. I don’t have Irish roots that I know of, but Irish cuisine is delicious.

And so is grassfed beef that has marinated in a great local stout beer for a day 🙂

Slow Cooker Irish Stew
Irish cuisine to me is all about simple, nourishing ingredients that are super frugal. Cabbage and potatoes are always cost effective menu ingredients, but right about this time of year you can find cabbage at $0.35 per pound or less.

Slow Cooker Irish Stew
I don’t mind the splurge on a nice grassfed beef roast to cube up for this stew when I’m paying pennies for the other ingredients! If the budget is super tight ask your farmer or butcher for beef stew meat. It is even less expensive as it is a tougher cut of meat, but after the marinade, and spending all day in the slow cooker it is just as tender as can be.

Slow Cooker Irish Stew
I love a rich, almost gravy like feel to my stews, and this one is no different. It is a great way to end winter, and celebrate the spring to come! Be sure to bake up these really quick little Irish soda bread biscuits to dunk in your stew!

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5 from 4 votes

Slow Cooker Irish Stew

Irish cuisine to me is all about simple, nourishing ingredients that are super frugal. Cabbage and potatoes are always cost-effective menu ingredients.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time8 hours
Marinate12 hours
Total Time8 hours 15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: Irish stew in the slow cooker, slow cooker Irish Stew, slow cooker Irish stew recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Renee - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com


  • 2 lbs grassfed beef roast or beef stew meat
  • 3 ish cups local stout beer or dark beer of your choosing
  • 3 cloves smashed garlic
  • 1 cup tapioca flour or arrowroot
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 4-5 medium carrots chopped
  • ½ head medium cabbage sliced
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 30 oz organic diced tomatoes 2 cans
  • 5 small yellow potatoes chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups of the reserved beer marinade from above
  • 2-3 cups beef bone broth chicken bone broth would work too
  • Sea salt/pepper to taste


  • The day before you want to make the stew, combine the cubed beef, beer, and smashed garlic in a gallon freezer bag, seal tight, and store in the fridge 12-24 hours to marinate the meat.
  • The next day, combine the tapioca flour, sea salt, & pepper in a small mixing bowl.
  • Strain out the meat from the marinade – BUT DON’T THROW OUT THE BEER/MARINADE.
  • Coat the meat in the arrowroot mixture and sear in a very hot fry pan coated with butter, tallow, or coconut oil. Just sear up the sides - it doesn't have to be cooked all the way through.
  • Once the beef is done searing, add it to your large slow cooker along with the rest of the ingredients, including the marinade.
  • Stir to combine and cook on low for 8 hours.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Leftovers can be stored in the fridge, packed in the school lunch thermos or travel crockpot for work, and/or frozen for dinner another time!

Let me know if you give this one a try! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


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  • Reply Sarah @ Sensibly Sustainable March 9, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Making stews is one of my favorite ways to save money on Real food 🙂 This one looks delicious, can’t wait to try it!

  • Reply Emily @ Recipes to Nourish March 10, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    This sounds delicious! Such a lovely comfort food for this time of year.

  • Reply Krystal March 10, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    This sounds really delicious! Do you think I can make it on the stovetop? I don’t have a slow cooker.. 🙁

    • Reply Renee Kohley March 10, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      Hi Krystal! Oh YES you can! I do it that way often! YOu can slow cook down almost braise that cabbage 😉 Yum!

    • Reply cecily March 6, 2016 at 4:29 pm

      I plan to make it in the oven, probably better with heat surrounding it than just on the stove.

  • Reply Jessica March 10, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    5 stars
    Mmm…love this. It has all of my favorite things.

  • Reply Megan Stevens March 10, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Love that the meat marinates in stout first. That sounds amazing!

  • Reply linda spiker March 10, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    5 stars
    As an American of Irish decent, I approve;) Beautiful stew!

    • Reply Renee Kohley March 11, 2015 at 1:33 pm

      OH my – that just totally makes my day Linda! Thank you!

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    Lordy, sign me up for this!

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    Looks delicious! I love stews.

  • Reply John December 16, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    This may be a dumb question, but what is done with the marinade. It says to save it, but do I add it to the croc pot with everything else?

    • Reply Renee Kohley December 18, 2015 at 11:06 am

      Hi John! Not a dumb question! I updated the recipe to reflect that you add it in with the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker 🙂 I hope that helps!

  • Reply Hayley January 4, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Instead of the beer is there anything else it can marinade in? Never cooked with beer or wine before and as my son will be eating not sure whether it’s a good idea

    • Reply Renee Kohley January 4, 2016 at 7:53 pm

      Hi Hayley! Yes sure! You can just use some bone broth 🙂

  • Reply Ruth Marks March 6, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Is there a sub for the beer. I must stay 100% gluten free and even GF beers have other grains than can be problematic.

    • Reply Renee Kohley March 7, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      Hi Ruth! Sure! Just use beef bone broth. If you can consume wine a good red wine would be great too.

  • Reply Kristin baker March 7, 2016 at 7:37 am

    I look forward to making this in honor of St. Patrick’s day this weekend. How many does this recipe serve?

    • Reply Renee Kohley March 7, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      Hi Kristin! This feeds my family of 5 (2 adults 3 small children) for a few meals – I think it would comfortably feed 8.

  • Reply Beth March 8, 2016 at 9:23 am

    This looks great. And I love the excuse to try a new local beer!

  • Reply linda spiker March 8, 2016 at 9:40 am

    5 stars
    So beautiful I came back for a second look!

  • Reply Katie Mae @ Nourishing Simplicity March 8, 2016 at 9:40 am

    I really need to come over for dinner! 😉 Instead I’ll have to be satisfied with buying my own roast to make it.

  • Reply Dr. Karen L March 8, 2016 at 10:52 am

    5 stars
    Oh yum! I just made beef stew the other day too! This looks so hearty!

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    Mmm, with that biscuit and thickened with arrowroot- so yum!

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