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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


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