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 56 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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  1. Alli

    5 stars
    Fantastic! Made this tonight for St. Paddy’s Day. Used 1lb of beef shoulder roast that I cubed. Also ended up having to add 1 cup of broth because most of my liquid had evaporated. And to save on calories I eliminated the butter/flour thickener and opted for 1T of cornstarch dissolved in water. The beef was so tender and the stew was so flavorful! Even my picky 5 year old that doesn’t eat anything with sauce said it was great!

  2. Bun

    5 stars
    Just wanted to thank you for such a delicious recipe. Not many recipes have made it into our regular rotation, but this one has been a staple for the past few years. I think it might be my favorite recipe in our rotation, and we try a LOT of new recipes!

    I tried it in the pressure cooker (Instant Pot) tonight for the first time and it worked really well – just follow the recipe as directed until you hit the slow cooking stage, and then pressure cook 35 minutes and use natural pressure release. So easy!

    1. Lauren

      Thank you so much for commenting and letting me know you love the recipe! This makes my heart so happy!!! I need to get an instant pot–everyone is saying how amazing they are!

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  4. Gina M Thomsen

    Yummy! Reminds me of when my husband and I were first married (30 years ago) and we would have stew over mashed potatoes or rice. This recipe looks so good! I always shied away from Irish stew because I thought it had a very strong flavor, but this looks yummy!

  5. Dennis Bishop

    5 stars
    This is my all time favorite Beef Stew Recipe! I make it at least once a month and more often this time of year. I double the butter/flour mixture (butter makes everything better).

  6. Alessandra

    5 stars
    This is one of my favorite dinners and I don’t even care that much for beef. I make it in my crockpot and the whole house smells so good!

  7. Darlene

    5 stars
    This was the first recipe I saw from Lauren’s site. I have made this recipeso many times I have lost count. Everytime is as good as the first time. It is now a household staple and my husband is thrilled. His mom used to make a stew like this when he was younger. I highly recommend people try this.

  8. Cindy Wilcox

    5 stars
    This recipe for Irish Beef Stew has changed the way I cook beef roast and stews. I used to cook them less often because it was too much work and sometimes didn’t turn out. Since trying this recipe I cook in my cast iron pot all the time! It always turns out great and super tender. I have modified the seasoning and the size of beef chunks to give variation and sometimes I add potatoes about 2 hours before dinner time (after the beef has had plenty of time on its own). Sometimes I skip the peas. It’s easy and always so good. Thank you!!

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  10. Darla Sampley

    5 stars
    I’ve made beef stew before, but this is by far my favorite. When cooler temperatures start showing up, this is a recipe put on a weekly rotation.

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  15. Liz

    5 stars
    This is forever one of my family’s favorite dinner recipes, and the recipe that “hooked” me onto your blog. I’ve made it multiple times, and it’s amazing!!

  16. Celeste blinn

    5 stars
    I feel like this recipe doesn’t get enough hype! It is so good and I feel like I’m always going to need to make my gravy with a butter/flour mixture from now on! Yummo!!!

  17. Yvette Love

    I’m absolutely going to try this recipe AND the one for mashed potatoes, but what I really want to know is….what yellow pot are you using in the pics for the stew??? Whatever it is, I had no idea how badly I needed one until I saw yours!

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  19. Rana

    5 stars
    This was delicious! I made it for my kids on Easter, one with meat and one without (two daughters are vegans) and everyone LOVED it. I am making it again tonight!

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  21. Sarah

    5 stars
    Great recipe, it’s a keeper! We loved it and will go into our recipe book. “Roux” (flour with butter) is a SC Lowcountry staple from wayyy back. It originated with the Gullah people. It is the best part, other than onions and garlic, in many Lowcountry dishes.

  22. Maria Amato

    4 stars
    Came to your blog knowing I would find a beef stew recipe for tomorrow night! This recipe looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it .

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  24. Cristyn

    5 stars
    This turned out great. The butter/flour combo added at the end is such a great idea. I always used to struggle with getting my stew thick and gravy-like. This is thick and full of flavor.

  25. Jenn

    5 stars
    Best beef stew I’ve ever eaten! I was looking for something similar to what I once ate in Ireland and this is it! I doubled it to have leftovers and made a garlic mashed potato to put it over. I will add this to my collection of must have comfort foods!!

  26. Kaley J Sepanik

    just an FYI that your hyperlink to your mashed potatoes in the recipe portion is broken. Love this recipe, back to make it a 2nd time.

  27. Sheila L

    5 stars
    The flavors of this Irish stew are ahhh-mazing! I used ground beef because that’s what I had on hand. We ladled the stew onto a mound of sharp white cheddar mashed potatoes. Yum!!!