Pressure cooked right in stout beer, our Instant Pot Guinness beef stew is the perfect addition to your St. Patrick's Day celebration. While we can't promise you a pot of gold at the end of your rainbow, we can promise you a pot of pressure cooker Irish stew, served over mashed potatoes, that tastes just as lucky as a four-leaf clover. So grab your beef and carrots, plus your Guinness and seasoning, and let's make an Irish stew without lamb, but with a WHOLE LOTTA YUM.
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Instant Pot Irish Stew with Beef
Just in time for everyone's favorite Irish holiday, we are cooking up our Instant pot Guinness beef stew! Filled with beef stew meat, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, and tomato paste, and pressure-cooked in 2 cups of stout beer, this instant pot Guinness stew disappeared as fast as we served it.
Perfect for St. Patrick's Day, as well as any other night that calls for a delicious beef stew, our Irish-inspired beef stew is ready to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. While you can serve up a delicious bowl of Instant pot Guinness beef stew as-is, we do highly recommend that you serve it atop colcannon, a mashed potato with bacon dish that is divine and ready to soak up all of that beer-infused beef stew broth and Irish soda bread.
Why You'll Love This!
- Our Instant Pot Guinness beef stew is super simple to make! An Irish-inspired dish, we have simplified the process without skimping on flavor one bit.
- Packed with plenty of aromatics, including garlic, onion, and celery, our Instant Pot Guinness stew has rich, savory flavory in every bite.
- Our Irish beef stew recipe is both a great low-carb as well as dairy-free stew option when served as-is.
- Cooked in 2 cups of Guinness, we have infused each and every spoonful of this Irishi-inspired beef stew recipe with a the bold flavor of stout beer.
If you are looking to add a few additional Irish-themed recipes to your meal rotation, be sure and try our Irish bangers and mash with caramelized onion gravy as well. Both will have you feeling like a little luck of the Irish has rubbed off on you.
We might be making an Irish-inspired dish, but you can be sure that you will be lucky enough to find all of your Instant Pot Guinness beef stew ingredients on this side of the pond.
- olive or avocado oil
- beef stew meat - cut into 2" pieces
- black pepper
- onions - thinly sliced
- celery stalks - sliced
- minced garlic
- tomato paste
- stout beer (Guinness)
- baby carrots
- packed brown sugar
- bay leaves
- dried thyme
** Please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post for the exact quantities **
- Irish stew is traditionally made with lamb, but in America, Irish beef stew is more commonly made with beef. You can substitute lamb pieces if you prefer.
- The recipe uses a full bottle of Guinness plus part of a 2nd bottle. If you don't want to open 2 bottles, then use one full bottle and substitute beef broth up to the 2 cup line in a liquid measuring cup.
- Guinness draft was used in the recipe, Guinness stout can also be used, or you can use another brand of stout beer.
Step by Step Instructions
We are going to start our Instant Pot Guinness stew by browsing the meat and sauteing the veggies. A quick deglaze of the pressure cooker and we are ready to assemble this whole entire dish and put a lid on it... the Instant Pot lid, that is. Pressure cook to perfection, then you will be ready to serve up a hearty bowl of this Irish-inspired beef stew.
Sprinkle the beef with salt and pepper.
Turn the Instant Pot to High. Once the pot reads Hot, add the oil.
Put half of the beef in the pressure cooker and sear it on each side for 3-4 minutes. It will not be cooked through at the point but is just getting browned. Remove the beef and set it aside. Add additional oil if needed and sear the remaining beef.
Add a little more oil to the pot if it's needed and add in the sliced onion and celery. Cook them for 4 minutes until the vegetables start to soften.
Add the minced garlic and saute for 1 more minute.
Stir in the tomato paste.
Add the Guinness stout beer to the Instant Pot and scrape the bottom to deglaze the pot. Scraping the bottom of the pot keeps you from getting a Burn signal when the stew cooks under pressure. Let the Guinness simmer for 5 minutes to slightly reduce the beer.
Turn the Instant Pot off by pressing the Cancel button.
Add in the beef, baby carrots, brown sugar, bay leaves, and thyme to the pot. Stir to combine.
Put the lid on the Instant Pot and pressure cook on Manual High for 35 minutes.
Do a Natural Release for 10 minutes before releasing the remaining pressure.
Remove the lid.
Remove the fat that's floated to the top of the pot with a slotted spoon.
Make a flour or corn starch slurry if you want it thicker.
Serve as-is or over mashed potatoes.
- Allow your Instant Pot to heat until is says HOT before you add your oil or beef.
- We are not using a flour coating on the beef to prevent the starch in the pressure cooker and reduce the chances of getting a burn notice.
- Thoroughly deglaze your pressure cooker before you assemble the stew ingredients. Leaving items on the bottom of the pot increases your chance of getting a burn notice during pressure cooking.
- We did not add a thicker like corn starch or flour to the stew, we were serving it over Instant Pot colcannon mashed potatoes with bacon and wanted it saucy.
We love to serve our Irish beef stew with colcannon, an Irish form of mashed potatoes. In addition, a side of peas or dinner rolls would pair nicely.
Stout beers like Guinness are known for being slightly bitter. Adding a touch of brown sugar to the stew recipe balances out the bitterness and makes it savory and flavorful instead of bitter. Guinness draft beer can also be used instead of a Guinness stout, it is a little milder in flavor.
Store leftover Instant Pot Guinness stew in the fridge up to 4 days in a covered container. You could also freeze your stew for up to 3 months.
More Irish Recipes
Looking for more Irish recipes?
- Instant Pot colcannon with bacon
- Crockpot cabbage and bacon
- Irish bangers and mash
- Irish soda bread with raisins