Instant Pot Irish Beef Guinness Stew

Instant Pot Irish Beef Guinness Stew is a hearty Irish comfort food that is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! Made with Guinness, a classic Irish beer, which gives it a rich, flavorful broth and the beef is melt in your mouth tender! 

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to share this Instant Pot Irish Beef Guinness Stew recipe! It’s a delicious way to celebrate the holiday and pay tribute to Ireland’s favorite beer! 

The beef stew is cooked in a Guinness broth giving it a rich, complex flavor that will make your tastebuds come alive! Serve this stew with a loaf of Irish Soda Bread for the perfect Irish dinner. 

Why make Beef Guinness Stew in the Instant Pot? 


This recipe is made entirely in a 6-quart Instant Pot. Making Beef Guinness Stew in the Instant Pot as opposed to a slow cooker or on the stove top offers many benefits. 

First of all, it allows you to make the stew from start to finish in under 90 minutes, while other methods take many hours. 

The Instant Pot pressure cooks the stew in just 30 minutes. And that short amount of time results in tender, melt-in-your-mouth beef with a rich, flavorful broth that tastes as if you had been cooking it all day long! 

Another benefit is that it’s a one-pot meal! From crisping the bacon, to browning the beef to sautéing the vegetables it’s all done in the Instant Pot using the sauté mode. This makes for easy clean-up! 


What you’ll need for Instant Pot Irish Beef Guinness Stew: 


Bacon – The secret ingredient! Crispy bacon is added to the stew for flavor. It nearly melts away into the stew when it’s pressure cooked, but it leaves all of it’s amazing flavor that adds an extra layer of rich deliciousness to the stew! 

Beef  – An obvious ingredient. Try to use large chunks of beef. When it is pressure cooked it quite literally falls apart and melts in your mouth. 

Onions, Carrots, Celery – These vegetables all add their own flavors and make the dish into a hearty stew. 

Flour  – A little bit of flour is used to help thicken the broth. 

Guinness – The not so secret ingredient! Guinness is a popular dark, Irish beer used to flavor the broth. All of the alcohol cooks out and leaves a rich, drool-worthy broth that actually doesn’t taste like beer at all.  

Beef Broth – Paired with the Guinness to make the rich broth. 

Potatoes – Potatoes are used in many Irish dishes, they are an optional added ingredient to this stew recipe. 


Looking for more St. Patrick’s Day recipes? Check these out! 


Irish Fisherman’s Pie

Easy Irish Soda Bread Two Ways

Leftover Corned Beef Ruebens

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Instant Pot Irish Beef Guinness Stew

  • Author: Laura
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x



4 slices thick cut bacon, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces

2 pounds beef stew meat


2 tbsp olive oil

2 small yellow onions, chopped

2 large carrots, peeled and sliced

2 large cloves garlic, crushed

2 large stalks celery, chopped

1 tbsp tomato paste

2 tbsp white all-purpose flour

2 cups beef broth

1 cup Guinness

1/2 tsp dried thyme

2 small Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and chopped (optional)


Turn Instant Pot on “Sauté” – high

Wait for Instant Pot screen to read “On”

Add the bacon, working with a wooden spoon brown the bacon for about 7-8 minutes until crispy

Strain out the bacon, set aside, discard all but 2 tbsp of the bacon grease*

Put the pot back and keep Instant Pot on ‘Sauté” – high

Generously salt the stew beef

Add half the beef to the Instant Pot to brown, work with a wooden spoon and brown for 2-3 minutes on each side

Once the first batch is down, use a slotted spoon to remove the beef from the pot and set aside

Repeat with the remaining beef

Strain the beef out of the pot and get rid of any excess liquid

Add 2 tbsp olive oil to the pot

Add the onions, carrots, celery and garlic

Sauté for 4-5 minutes

Add the tomato paste, mix

Set the vegetables aside

Add the flour to the pot and then quickly pour in 1 cup beef broth while whisking

The mixture will thicken, then pour in the second cup of broth and the guinness, whisk to combine

Bring the pot to a boil, add the thyme

Add the bacon, beef and vegetables back to the pot

Add the potatoes (optional)

Switch to “pressure cook” – high mode and set the timer for 30 minutes

Lock the lid and set the valve to “sealing”

When the Instant Pot beeps to indicate it is done, let it naturally pressure release for 5 minutes and then you can quick release using the value

When it is safe to do so, remove the lid 

Serve the stew hot straight from the pot 


*leave 2 tbsp of the bacon grease in the pot to brown the stew beef in

  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Stew
  • Cuisine: Irish

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