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Lamb Stew Recipe (with Guinness!)

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It’s comfort food season! And by season I mean ALLLLLL winter long. Because that’s what you do in Minnesota in the winter! This delicious lamb stew recipe is a hybrid of an Irish lamb stew and Shepard’s pie mix. I just didn’t want to choose between the two!

And then because I was trying to make it festive for St. Patrick’s Day, I also added a bunch of Guinness and turned it into lamb stew recipe with guinness. Always a great idea! 🙂

But it gets better. Instead of adding potatoes to the stew, I served the stew ON mashed potatoes. Because in my opinion, mashed potatoes > potatoes. And then I topped it all with some Irish cheddar and green onions.

I can’t wait for you to make this Irish lamb stew recipe!

bowl of guinness lamb stew

How to Make Lamb Stew:

This Irish stew is so easy to make! We’re simply going to brown the lamb along with some vegetables, pour in some guinness (a sip for the chef is advised!) and then let it all simmer together to really let the flavors develop and deepen. Most of the time is hands-off, letting it simmer.

This recipe is made on the stove, but read below for slow cooker suggestions.

What lamb cut for stew?

You can use many different lamb cuts for stew. In this recipe, because I was making it a shepards pie and Irish lamb stew hybrid I used ground lamb. I also think ground lamb is easiest to find.

Some other Irish lamb stew recipes may call for other cuts, but I love the simplicity of ground lamb in this guinness stew recipe.

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.

irish stew - bowl with spoon

What to Eat with Lamb Stew:

I do have some specific serving recommendations for this Irish stew.

  • Mashed potatoes. Make your own, buy the pre-made mashed potatoes, it’s up to you. But definitely serve this stew on a bed of mashed potatoes.
  • Irish cheddar and green onions. Also mandatory, it’s the perfect finish for this stew.
  • Guinness. This suggestion probably goes without saying…but just want to make sure I’m clear. 😉
  • Simple Green Salad. Need something green? If you’re more the green salad than green beer type…
lamb stew with guinness - two bowls

How to Make Lamb Stew in the Slow Cooker:

I’m sharing a stove top recipe for Irish stew, but if you prefer to make it in the slow cooker I recommend making the recipe as written through step 5 (recipe card is below). When it’s time to simmer the stew, put it in the slow cooker on low for 2-3 hours to let the flavors develop.


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Get your Irish party started with this lamb stew (with Guinness, of course!). It's easy, delicious, and perfect for a crowd! #guinnessstew #Irishstew #comfortfood #stpatricksday

Guinness Lamb Stew

  • Author: Emily Dingmann
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 125 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Stew
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Irish
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Get your Irish party started with this lamb stew (with Guinness, of course!). It’s easy, delicious, and perfect for a crowd!


  • 4 Tbsp. butter, divided
  • 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
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 cup Guinness stout
  • 15 oz. can of french onion soup (about 2 cups)
  • 6 servings mashed potatoes
  • 1 1/4 cup shredded irish cheddar
  • sliced green onions


  1. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat in a large pot.

  2. Add lamb to pot, and cook until browned, about 5-8 minutes.

  3. Add onions, carrots, garlic, salt, and pepper to pot, stirring to combine.

  4. Sprinkle lamb and veggies with flour and add remaining 3 tablespoons of butter to the pot. Stir until all ingredients are combined.

  5. Pour the guinness and soup mix into pot and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to low and let lightly simmer for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

  6. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if necessary.

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


  • This stew gets better over time, make it a day ahead of time if possible!
  • Start with two cups of Guinness, if the stew seems dry while you are simmering it, you can always add more to taste. You can also supplement with french onion soup broth or beef broth. 

Keywords: stew, lamb stew, irish stew

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  1. Alicia

    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!