Guinness Lamb Stew | A Nutritionist Eats

St. Patrick’s Day recipes aren’t complete without some Guinness, am I right?

And it turns out to be a pretty versatile ingredient, as evidenced by desserts like Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes.

Guinness Lamb Stew |  A Nutritionist Eats

My Guinness recipe – Guinness lamb stew – came from a hybrid of lamb stew and shepards pie. Ground lamb is combined with a few vegetables, guinness (obviously!) and thickened with a “roux” of sorts that doesn’t even require a separate pan. And instead of adding potatoes to the stew, I served the stew ON mashed potatoes. Because in my opinion, mashed potatoes > potatoes. And wait, there’s more. I topped it all with some irish cheddar and green onions.

Guinness Lamb Stew | A Nutritionist Eats

My red-headed, Irish husband was in heaven. And I was too, there is something so satisfying about comfort food and this stew…is the definition of comfort food. Ohhhhh my guinness. It really is the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

If you can’t find ground lamb (or it’s too expensive) just use ground beef. It won’t be the same, but it will be just as tasty. (And it’s the type of recipe that is great made a day or two in advance.) Sláinte!

nutrition facts: 689 calories, 36 grams of fat, 35 grams of protein, 43 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber

Guinness Lamb Stew

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Keywords: soup/stew entree fall winter


Ingredients (6 servings)

  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and quartered (about 3 cups)
  • 1 lb carrots peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces (about 3 cups)
  • 5 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 30 oz Guinness stout (about 5 cups)
  • 15 oz can of french onion soup (about 2 cups)
  • salt, pepper & red pepper flakes
  • 6 servings mashed potatoes
  • 1 1/4 cup shredded irish cheddar
  • sliced green onions


Heat a large pot over medium heat.

Melt 1 Tbsp butter and add lamb to pot. Cook until brown, about 5-10 minutes.

Add onions, carrots and garlic to pot.

Sprinkle flour and add remaining 3 Tbsp of butter to meat and vegetable mixture.

Stir all ingredients until combined.

Add guinness and soup and bring to a boil.

Turn heat down to low and let lightly simmer for 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Taste and season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.

Spoon stew over mashed potatoes and top with shredded cheese and green onion.

*Best if made a day ahead of time!

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9 Comments (Reply )

  1. Luv What You Do
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 7:49 am

    Bring on the Guiness!


    • Emily
      Mar 12, 2014 @ 10:53 am

      We had to pick up some cider for our leftover Guinness! :)


  2. allie@sweetpotatobites
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 5:36 pm

    Oooh my fiancee would love this – he is a BIG lamb fan. We make shephards pie a lot but I’ve never made lamb stew. Will give it a try!


  3. Anna Johnson
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 7:25 pm

    Oh this sounds/looks delicious! I think we will have to try!


  4. Mercedes
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 8:38 pm

    Tyler and I both love lamb and especially when it is in a stew that cooks for hours, yum!


  5. Lori
    Mar 16, 2014 @ 7:10 pm

    This looks outstanding. I love cooking with Guinness!


  6. Alicia
    Mar 17, 2014 @ 10:04 am

    I was so proud, making this dish without cutting any corners. It was so delicious, what a comfort food. I am looking forward to the leftovers tonight!


    • Emily
      Mar 17, 2014 @ 10:46 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it Alicia! Thanks for letting me know!


  7. Karla @ Foodologie
    Mar 17, 2014 @ 8:55 pm

    What do I have to do for you to bring me some of this?


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