Instant Pot Irish Guinness Beef Stew

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Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow. This Instant Pot Irish Guinness Beef Stew recipe is so heartwarming and so delicious. Right now, as I’m writing this, it’s the dead of winter in the Northeast United States. It’s frigid and snowy. And it’s just screaming for Irish Guinness Beef Stew! So, let’s make it easy, and do it in the Instant Pot!


A white bowl of Instant Pot Irish Guinness Beef Stew on a plate with a beer next to it


There is just something truly magical about the flavor profile of this incredible stew. It’s meat and potatoes, of course, but also mushrooms, and carrots, and amazing aromatics, all brought together in the pressure cooker with incredible stout beer and beef stock.

Watch us show you how easy it is to make this amazing Irish Guinness Beef Stew!

Instant Pot Irish Guinness Beef Stew recipe

A good stew needs a good liquid to braise in. Red wine is common, and often just a good hearty beef stock does the trick. But leave it to the beautiful people of Ireland to make a beef stew braised in one of the most delicious stout beers on the planet: Guinness!!

We love Guinness beer. It’s practically a meal in and of itself!

Instant Pot Irish Guinness Beef Stew recipe


Every bite of this incredibly flavorful stew is just so comforting. It’s truly hard to eat just one bowl. This has become one of the most requested dishes that the Loon calls for, especially once the temperatures outside start to drop.

I don’t mind…I love it just as much as the Loon does.

I mean, don’t you just want to grab that spoonful of comfort and dig in?

Instant Pot Irish Guinness Beef Stew recipe

And, of course, making this iconic stew in the Instant Pot allows you to have it on the table in just about an hour. That’s it!!

Normally, the beef would need to slow-cook for hours to achieve the ultra-tender results you get with the Instant Pot!

Instant Pot Irish Guinness Beef Stew recipe


Now, I ask you…don’t you want to make this incredible stew so you can enjoy all this comforting and delicious bowl of wonderfulness?

We just can’t say enough fabulous yummy things about this stew!!

You and your family will LOVE it!

Instant Pot Irish Guinness Beef Stew recipe

Now, let’s make this amazing Instant Pot Irish Guinness Beef Stew recipe!

Instant Pot Irish Guinness Beef Stew recipe

Instant Pot Irish Guinness Beef Stew

This Instant Pot Irish Guinness Beef Stew recipe is perfect for when it gets cold outside and you need something to warm and comfort you up on the inside. You won't believe how delicious it is, and you really won't believe how fast and easy it is to produce in your Instant Pot! Serve with a nice salad, crusty bread, and of course, a tall glass of Guinness! YES!
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Course: Stew
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: Instant Pot
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 280kcal


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 - 3 lb boneless beef stew meat cut into 1-inch pieces (round chuck works very well)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 oz white button mushrooms wiped clean and quartered
  • 2 11.2 fl. oz. bottles Guinness Stout beer
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 yellow onion quartered
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp whole grain mustard
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 3 medium carrots peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch rounds
  • 6 small red potatoes scrubbed and quartered
  • 1 cup frozen pearl onions
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp water


  • Sprinkle the beef all over liberally with salt and pepper.
  • Select SAUTE and adjust to More on the Instant Pot and add the oil.
  • Once the oil is hot and begins to shimmer, add the beef. (You will probably need to do this in 2 batches, as you don't want to overcrowd the beef as it browns).
  • Brown the beef for 3 minutes, then turn the pieces over, and brown for another 3 minutes.
  • Transfer the beef to a plate.
  • Leaving the IP on high heat, add the mushroom and cook, stirring occasionally, until the are starting to turn golden brown, about 4 - 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  • Press CANCEL and then add back into the pot the seared beef, as well as the beer, stock, onion quarters, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, thyme, bay leaf and salt and mix together.
  • Secure the lid and push the Pressure Release to Sealing. Select the MEAT/STEW or PRESSURE COOK setting and set the cooking time for 30 minutes at high pressure.
  • Carefully perform a quick release by moving the Pressure Release to Venting.
  • Once the steam is fully released, open the pot and remove the onion quarters, bay leaf and thyme sprig.
  • Stir in the carrots, potatoes and pearl onions.
  • Secure the lid once again and push the Pressure Release to Sealing. Select the PRESSURE COOK or MANUAL setting and set the cooking time for 4 minutes at high pressure.
  • Perform a quick release by carefully pushing the Pressure Release to Venting.
  • In a smal bowl, mix together the corn starch and the water.
  • Open the pot and stir in the reserved mushrooms and the cornstarch mixture. Stir occasionally for about 3 - 5 minutes until slightly thickened.
  • Taste and add a little more salt, if desired.
  • Ladle into bowls and garnish with thyme leaves, if desired.



Calories: 280kcal
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  • 5 stars
    We made this for St. Paddy’s Day with our grandgirls, substituting Dr. Pepper for Guiness, since we’re a ‘dry household.’ I added parsnips as suggested by a reader and we cooked it in the oven for several hours. I made your Irish Soda bread to go with, and Lucky Charms (Rice) Krispy Treats for dessert! Thanks for a delicious recipe. We won’t wait until next St. Paddy’s Day to make it again.

    • Hi Holly! That is AMAZING! Sounds like you had an amazing St. Paddy’s Day feast with the family! YUM!!!! Thank you so so much for sharing and for the fantastic review. That means everything to us! Please stay in touch!!! xoxo Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Made this stew for the first time today …. as the Loon might say …. 1000% approved!!! 5+ stars!!!
    The veggies were all great per the recipe. And couldn’t believe how tender the beef turned out. Stew beef normally is somewhat tough; but not this recipe. Guess the pressure cooking fixed that issue.
    Even added some parsnip to your recipe – cut per the carrot size and worked beautifully.
    My wife is not normally a stew fan – but this turned out to be “2-bowler” for her as well.
    Thanks guys – much appreciated and very highly recommended!!

    • Hi Al!! Woo hoo!!! We are so thrilled you had such great success with the Guinness beef stew! We love it so much, too!! Thank you for sharing and thanks so much for the GREAT review. That means the world to us!! All the best and Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!! Kris & Wesley

    • Hi Kimberly!! Yay!!! That is absolutely wonderful to hear! We are thrilled you enjoyed the IP Irish beef stew!! And thank you so much for letting us know and for the wonderful review! That honestly means so much to us!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • This was an amazing and easy experience in making this… the reward FAR exceeds anything you might consider in making this! My new favorite recipe from Kris & the Loon!

    • Hi Angela!! Absolutely!! This stew freezes beautifully! Just let thaw and then reheat on the stove. Let us know if you make the stew and what you think!!! Best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    I’ve been ordering this type of stew from a local farm, but was so thrilled to see this recipe so I could make it myself! And with an Instant Pot! Just one question…what size instant pot were you using in the video? I have a mini (3qt) size, but my daughter has a 6qt instant pot. I would love to prepare a batch for my husband and myself as well as her family of 2 adults and 4 little ones! Love your videos and have enjoyed so many of your recipes!

    • Hi Lisa! Awesome! We use a 6 QT in the video. This recipe should feed a group nicely, especially maybe if you also serve some bread, and maybe a salad? Let us know how it turns out and what you all think!!

    • Hi Melinda! You can slow cook this no problem. I would sear off the meat first. Then place everything in your slow-cooker and cook for 8 – 10 hours on low. You may then need to thicken the stew with a corn starch slurry (1 tbsp to 1 tbsp water, mixed, then added…and stirred). Hope this helps!

  • This stew was very delicious, the flavors melded so we’ll together. I followed the directions to a t and salted to taste. I found you guys on Pinterest a couple of weeks ago and have pinned so many of your recipes. I can’t wait to try more recipes you breakdown the cooking steps into easy steps with gorgeous pictures. Your videos compliment the recipes and are so sweet.

    • Hi Kelly! Thank you so so very much!! That means the world to us! And we are so thrilled that you enjoyed our IP Irish Guinness Beef Stew…we love it, too!! Thank you for letting us know. And we are so glad you found us and we found YOU! 🙂 Please stay in touch!! All the best, Kris & Wesley.

    • Hi Heather! They will cook down quite a bit, so you can leave them in the finished stew…but if they are a bit to chunky to your liking, you can remove them. We usually remove them. Thanks!! Let us know how it turns out!

      • Hi Heather, in this instance, I would go ahead and double everything. Just make sure you IP is large enough to hold everything without nearing the top. Let us know how it turns out!

      • Wow!! So delicious! I am hosting a group of friends at my home for lunch today, and this is what I’m serving along with some homemade sourdough 🙂 this stew is one of the most delicious things I’ve ever put in my mouth! Thank you!

    • Awesome, Kimberly!! We made a huge batch just recently for my entire extended family in Texas, and they loved it, too. So glad you had success with it! Thanks for letting us know and we love FoodTalko!! xoxo Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Made a double batch of Irish Stew in my IP Duo for a St. Paddy’s dinner party. Best stew I’ve ever made…fabulous! With that success, I’ll be returning to your site for other recipes 🙂

    • Awesome!! So very glad you and your friends liked it! We just made a huge batch for a family gathering on St. Paddy’s day, and not a drop left. Stay in touch. Tim!! Best, Kris & Wesley

    • Hi Jim!

      Yes, but you don’t want to reduce the amount of liquid in half. I’d say go with 1 bottle of Guinness and 1 cup of stock. Everything else, cut in half.

      Let us know how it turns out!

      Kris & Wesley

    • Hi Katy! Don’t you just love that beef stew? So hearty and yes, so dad-gum fast! Gotta love the Instant Pot! Thanks for letting us know, and stay in touch!! xoxo Kris & Wesley

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