CommonGround volunteer Joan Ruskamp shares her recipe for Irish Stew with Pure Nebraska viewers.

Irish Beef Stew


  • 2 pounds beef chuck roast cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup onion diced
  • 8 ounces button mushrooms sliced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1-12 ounce can dark beer Guiness
  • 8 ounces baby-cut carrots halved lengthwise
  • 1 pound red-skinned potatoes diced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
  • 3 cups beef stock


  • Season beef chuck roast cubes with salt and black pepper to taste. Heat oil in a large stockpot over high heat. Sear cubes until brown, about 5 to 6 minutes. Remove cubes from pan and set aside.
  • Turn heat down to medium; add onions, mushrooms, and garlic to the pot and cook until lightly browned, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Pour beer into the pot and stir, scraping up and dissolving any browned bits of food into the liquid. Stir in tomato paste, thyme, carrots, potatoes, salt and pepper. Add back in beef cubes and add enough beef broth to cover all ingredients, about 3 cups.
  • Bring stew to a gentle simmer, stirring to combine; reduce heat to low and cover pot. Simmer stew until beef is fork-tender, about 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove cover and raise heat to medium-high. Bring stew to a low boil and cook until stew has slightly thickened, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat and adjust salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with parsley, if desired.
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