Irish Beef Stew

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 pounds beef chuck, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 6 large potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1white onion, cut into large chunks
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle Irish stout beer (e.g. Guinness(r))
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Toss beef cubes with flour to coat, then fry in the hot oil until browned. Place the carrots, potatoes, onion and garlic in a large slow cooker. Place the meat on top of the vegetables. Mix together the beef broth and tomato paste and pour into the slow cooker along with the beer.

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  • Step 2

    Cover and cook on High for 6 hours or Low for 8 hours. During the last hour before serving, dissolve the cornstarch in cold water and then stir into the broth. Simmer on the High setting for a few minutes to thicken.

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