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Hearty Beef and Stout Stew

Photo: Jason Wallis; Styling: Cindy Barr



Serves 4 (serving size: 1 cup)

A bowl of Hearty Beef and Stout Stew is a comforting choice for a cozy, winter supper. We use a slightly bitter, dark beer to cut through the richness of the stew. After simmering, the beer loses its edge and adds deep, roasted flavors that typically come from a slow braise.


  • 12 ounces boneless beef chuck, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 cups finely chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 cups (1/4-inch-thick) diagonally cut carrot
  • 6 ounces presliced cremini mushrooms (about 2 cups)
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3/4 cup stout beer (such as Guinness)
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted beef stock (such as Swanson)
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lower-sodium soy sauce

Nutrition Information

  • calories 318
  • fat 16.7 g
  • satfat 5.1 g
  • monofat 8.7 g
  • polyfat 1.2 g
  • protein 20.8 g
  • carbohydrate 18.9 g
  • fiber 3.5 g
  • cholesterol 66 mg
  • iron 2.3 mg
  • sodium 370 mg
  • calcium 51 mg

How to Make It

  1. Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to pan, and swirl to coat. Add beef to pan, and cook for 3 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove beef from pan. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil to pan, and swirl to coat. Add chopped onion, carrot, mushrooms, and thyme sprigs; sauté for 4 minutes. Add tomato paste and minced garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add beer; cook 1 minute, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Combine beef stock and flour in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add stock mixture to pan. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Stir in beef, and cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Stir in soy sauce. Discard thyme.

Cook's Notes

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