Guinness Stout Laced Wagyu Beef Stew

St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect time to celebrate this melt-in-your-mouth Guinness Spiked Wagyu Beef Stew! Tender chunks of Wagyu beef are simmered all day in Guinness stout alongside golden potatoes, onions, and bacon steak. If you don’t have Wagyu, you can substitute beef stew meat for a dish that would make the Irish proud.

Wagyu beef is among the most sought-after and luxurious meats in the world. What makes it so special is its copious marbling, which creates a buttery tenderness.  This recipe calls for the eye of round steak, an affordable cut ideal for slow cooking.  The stew meat was tender without falling apart. 


Guinness stout laced Wagyu beef stew in a white round bowl on a wooden cutting board.

Why are there no carrots?  Because carrots are sweet!  In addition, cutting and cooking them increases the release of their sugar.  Potatoes and carrots are my favorite veggies to add to a stew.  Yet because this recipe’s base starts with a dark heavy-bodied stout, we don’t want to mess with that.  Instead, the coffee and chocolate notes from the beer are highlighted with smoky bacon bits.

Serve this stew with crusty rolls or bread like Brotchen Rolls or Rustic Country Bread for an extra taste and texture treat.

Guinness stout laced Wagyu beef stew in a white round bowl on a wooden cutting board.

Guinness Spiked Wagyu Beef Stew

Foodie de Froid
Servings 6
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 15 minutes
St. Patrick's Day is the perfect time to celebrate with this melt-in-your-mouth Guinness Spiked Wagyu Beef Stew! Tender chunks of Wagyu beef are simmered all day in Guinness stout alongside gold potatoes, onions, and bacon steak. It's also the perfect comfort food for cozy nights.
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  • 2 ½ lbs wagyu beef stew meat
  • 4 tbsp clarified butter
  • 1 large Valencia white onion chopped
  • 2 strips bacon steak chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 stout beer Guinness Extra Stout
  • 3 cups beef stock divided
  • 6 small golden potatoes washed, peeled and left whole
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp flour for thickening
  • Artisan rolls or bread


  • Place the clarified butter in a large, heavy skillet and melt it on medium-high heat.
    4 tbsp clarified butter
  • Saute the Wagyu beef in the melted butter until the meat is browned evenly before removing it from the pot. Place the meat in the crock pot with the Guinness Stout and two cups of beef broth.
    2 ½ lbs wagyu beef stew meat, 1 stout beer, 3 cups beef stock
  • Leave any drippings or fond in the pan. Add the onions, bacon, tomato paste, and flour, regularly mixing to prevent the onions from burning. After three or four minutes, the onions should start to caramelize. Reduce the heat to a simmer and add the additional one cup of beef stock and seasonings, stirring until all the ingredients are well incorporated.
    1 large Valencia white onion, 2 strips bacon steak, 2 tbsp tomato paste, 2 tbsp all purpose flour, 1 tsp dried thyme, ½ tsp dried oregano, salt and pepper
  • Pour the onion mixture into the crock pot, add the potatoes, and cook on low for nine hours. Then skim the fat from the top. Remove one-half cup of the liquid, add two tablespoons of flour, and mix well to combine. Add the slurry back into the slow cooker and turn it to high for one hour, for a total of 10 hours.
    6 small golden potatoes, 2 tbsp flour
  • Serve with your choice of Artisan rolls or bread.
    Artisan rolls or bread

Kitchen Equipment

1 slow cooker The old style that cooks slowly. ; )


You can easily substitute any beef stew meat for Wagyu beef.  
Make Ahead:  Like most stews, this stew is best when made ahead.  Make the stew and refrigerate it in an airproof container overnight.  The following day, remove the grease that has settled to the top and reheat in a heavy saucepan or Dutch oven.  Check the gravy; if desired, make a flour slurry, as noted in the instructions, if you want to thicken it.
Freezer:  This stew gets enhanced flavor after freezing it for a week (or four ; ).   The potatoes remain whole, the stew tender and the gravy is rich.  Cook as directed, let cool, and place in the freezer in an air-proof container.  Thaw the frozen stew overnight in the refrigerator before reheating it the next day.  You can do this with leftovers as well.
Note on Crockpots:  Newer crock pots manufactured in the last ten years are cooking hotter than older models. This can lead to burned and overcooked food and frustration. Because of this, use an older-style crockpot or a cooker where you can control the temperature.  You can also use a Dutch oven and cook the stew in the oven. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, irish
Calories 579


Serving: 6gCalories: 579kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 50gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 151mgSodium: 480mgPotassium: 1728mgFiber: 5gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 99IUVitamin C: 37mgCalcium: 86mgIron: 6mg
Keyword comfort food, homemade, recipe, Wagyu Beef
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