Irish Beef Stew Recipe and a St. Patrick’s Day Blog Hop

In case you couldn't tell from my last name, I'm not Irish. But growing up in New York City, come St. Patrick's Day everyone is Irish. It's fun and festive, rowdy and chaotic. I know that drinking lots of beer is a St. Patrick's Day tradition (an entirely made up one, by the way - but who's to argue?!), but this weekend why not save some of that brew for your stew (watch out, I may break out into limericks at any moment...). Enter Irish Beef Stew, sometimes called Guiness Beef Stew, a hearty and delicious way to celebrate the luck of the Irish.

Irish Beef Stew with Daikon Radish Puree

I make no claims on authenticity here as I added in some fairly unauthentic ingredients, but the soul of the dish remains the rich Irish stout, in this case Murphy's. For one, I added sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes just because. For another, this entire dish became sort of an unintentional ode to radishes. I included some black radishes, which are something of a flavor combination between turnips and normal radishes (see them in the photo below compared to traditional red breakfast radishes). And I served the stew with a very untraditional daikon radish puree. It was all delicious together, and perfect for this rainy weather we've been having. But, as with most stews, you can feel free to play around and add whatever veggies you have on hand. A parsnip puree would be great as well, as would more traditional mashed potatoes.


This entire meal, by the way, is gluten free and (if you use margarine in the puree) kosher meat! I can't wait to see what green, drunken St. Patrick's Day recipes you have to share in this week's blog hop! How are you celebrating the luck of the Irish? Any parades or fun weekend plans? As you may imagine it's not the biggest holiday in Israel, but our local bar is having "Irish week" nonetheless ๐Ÿ™‚

Irish Beef Stew with Daikon Radish Puree

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Irish Beef Stew and Daikon Radish Puree
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Feel free to use any combination of root vegetables in this hearty beef stew. And if daikon radishes aren't available, make a parsnip or potato puree instead using the same method.
Recipe Type: Entree
Yield: 6 servings
Irish beef stew:
  • 1½ pounds stew/goulash beef, cubed
  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ cups Irish stout (such as Guinness or Murphy's)
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 10-12 ounces sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 2 large carrots, sliced
  • 3 small black radishes or turnips
  • Salt and pepper
Daikon radish puree
  • 2½ pounds daikon radishes, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup chicken broth, warmed
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • Salt
For the Irish beef stew:
  1. Toss the beef in flour so that it is fully but lightly coated. Reserve any extra flour for later.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  3. Add the beef and cook, stirring, until browned on all sides.
  4. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes.
  5. Add 1 cup of the beer, beef broth, tomato paste, worcestershire sauce, and bay leaf and stir to combine, scraping up any bits from the bottom of the pot.
  6. Bring to a simmer and lower the heat. Cook, covered, for at least 2 hours.
  7. Add the potatoes and black radishes and continue to cook, uncovered, for another half an hour.
  8. Add the carrots, season with salt and pepper, and cook for half an hour.
  9. Remove the veggies and meat with a slotted spoon.
  10. Whisk together 2 tablespoons of the reserved flour from coating with a ladleful of the hot broth. Add it back into the pot and whisk to combine.
  11. Add the remaining ½ cup beer to the pot and boil until the mixture is reduced by half.
  12. Return the meat and vegetables to the pot and heat until warmed through. Serve immediately with daikon radish puree (recipe to follow).
For the daikon radish puree:
  1. Put the daikon radishes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer for 30 minutes, or until tender. Drain.
  2. In a blender (or in the pot using an immersion blender), puree the radishes, chicken broth, and butter or margarine until smooth. Season with salt and serve.
Kosher meat (use margarine in the puree), Gluten free


  1. I have been waiting for this blog hop! Your stew looks incredible, I swear I can almost smell it through the screen! And the addition of sweet potatoes? LOVE. I am so wishing I had a bowl of it in front of me right now!

    • Yay, I’m so happy to hear that Willow! That’s why I do it every week ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for all your sweet comments!

  2. I love that you do this every week without a list of rules to follow. And the pinterest boards, that it so great! Thank you!!

    • Aw, thank YOU Julie! I love to see all the great recipes that everyone links up. And I love having them all on one board on Pinterest ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Wonderful stew! Happy St. Patrickโ€™s Day Katherine!

  4. Love the rich color of your stew. Perfect for St. Patty’s Day.

  5. Thank you for hosting Katherine! I love the look of your stew and the addition of sweet potatoes. That is a great idea and I think the flavors would go together so well. I am sharing two Guinness recipes today – Guinness Corned Beef and Guinness Beef Stew. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    • It’s my pleasure Valerie, thanks for stopping by! I am loving both of your Guinness recipes, thanks so much for linking up ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Your stew looks fantastic, perfect for the tail-end of winter. I’m posting a gin cocktail that came out of an Irish neighborhood in Prohibition-era Chicago, which I’ll probably be sipping on Saturday if all the bars around here are packed. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy St. Patty’s Day!

  7. The stew looks fantastic…. I’m actually 1/4 Irish, 1/4 German and half Taiwanese talk about a weird mix. I don’t do anything to celebrate. My son goes to a Catholic school and his class leads Mass today. I always find it funny the mix of alcoholic things that pop up for St. Patricks day and the extreme opposite from the Catholic school side. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the sound of your Diakon puree yum.

  8. Mmmmmmm….great looking stew, Katherine. I will be wearing green tomorrow, but that’s about it ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I used to love the madness of the St Patty’s Day parade in NYC! And was so glad we were regulars at our local Irish Pub – when you know the owner you don’t have to queue quite so long for a green beer ;D

  10. I’m not irish either but I do love to celebrate it, this stew looks comforting and delicious, I would love to have it someday

  11. I think I like this one even more than the classic version. After all, sweet potatoes make everything better. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Thanks for hosting. I wish I had found your blog last week. I had just made an amazing eggplant recipe. But this week I will post one of my not-so-healthy recipes. I mean, holidays are for fun, right?!

    • It’s my pleasure! I’ll have to check out your eggplant recipe. And I’m right there with you on the holiday recipes ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. At first it’s carrot, but you added my favorite sweet potatoes! How delicious! I love this beef stew! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  14. Hi Katherine =)) This sounds wonderful! Very hearty and full-flavored, nom nom! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!

  15. What an amazing stew!!! And I love the sweet potato addition! :-))) <3

  16. Yes I would love your irish beef stew with massh potatoe, sounds like a complete food for my tummy. Beer gives an nice flavoure to dishes, I am wondering though what it tastes like with radish or turnips. I just know the little pinkish radish which we eat uncooked with salt in europe.

    Happy St.patricks day by the way. Its a unknown clebration to us in middle europe and in india even more, so I have not experienced a real st.patricks day. I heard that lots of irish live in New York. Thats so cool that u grew up there. As kid I used to wish that I we would be living in New York. It always sounded so exciting to me the big apple.

    Have a nice weekend Katherine!

    • Thanks so much Helene!! I had never had black radish before, only the red ones like you mentioned. They’re quite wonderful – hearty like a turnip, but with a slight bite like a radish. I can imagine that they don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in India – although I didn’t expect that they would celebrate it in Israel but they love it here! And growing up in the big apple was pretty cool, I have to say ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. Sweet mash up with the puree! Pretty awesome combo ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you’re having a fabulous St. Paddy’s!


  18. I love that you always have such a great twist in your recipes! Gorgeous stew. Thanks for hosting ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Your stew is a nice twist from the traditional with the addition of sweet potatoes and turnip. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  20. You stew sounds wonderful, but I have to admit that the daikon puree’ has me intrigued. What a creative and tasty, tasty stew! Hope you’re having a great St. Patty’s Day and thanks for hosting!

    • Thanks MJ!! I have to say the daikon radish puree was just delicious. I’d never had it that way before but I was thinking of parsnip puree, and they look so similar, I figured why not. It just worked!

  21. I want some black radishes!! Really love them.
    A hearty and comforting stew. If you didn’t say it’s radish puree, I would have taken it as potato ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • I was so excited to see them! I actually hadn’t had them before and to be honest wasn’t sure what they were at first. But google translate helped me figure it out from Hebrew ๐Ÿ™‚ And I was so pleased with how the daikon radish puree came out!

  22. I love how hearty this stew looks, and that you use sweet potatoes in them! I should try that next time!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. I love all the variety in this recipe. I’ve only seen and used the daikon radishes once before and had never thought to mash them like you did.

  24. Since I am huge beef stew lover this one could be one of my favorites. Your photographs are so beautiful and making my mouth water! Great recipe! Have a wonderful weekend sweetie!

    • Aw thanks Sandra!! I also love a good beef stew – who doesn’t?! Hope your weekend was wonderful as well.

  25. Katherine, this looks so good to me. i love the soft mash and the juicy looking stew, really nice

  26. I love your version of Irish stew, looks so flavourful. But I guess being a Filipino I would have it with rice and lots of that yummy sauce

  27. I really like this stew, mainly because you have a good balance of veggies in here and also that I like the choice of veggie. It looks delicious and very much an authentic Irish stew. Very creative side dish-I will need need to try. Pureed Radish would be a great alternative for mashed potatoes.

    • Thanks Tina! I always try to pack in as many veggies as I can in things like this ๐Ÿ™‚ The pureed daikon radish definitely makes a great, lower carb alternative to mashed potatoes!

  28. It looks absolutely mouth watering Katherine! It’s getting quite chilly here and I’d love a big bowl of this with some soda bread tonight ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Thank you Lorraine!! I love that it’s fall on the other side of the world. This would be perfect with some soda bread.

  29. I’m loving this โ€” sweet potatoes and radish? Not a flavor combo I often use, but sounds terrific. I’ve never heard of black radishes โ€” I’ve got some catching up to do! Regarding traditional Irish food, drink, etc., I’m not sure if there’s anything truly “authentic.” But it’s fun to pretend! Good post โ€” thanks.

    • Thanks! The black radishes are really almost like turnips, but with a bit of radish-like bite. Perfect for stew.

  30. I loved reading about your New York experiences of St Patrick’s day ๐Ÿ™‚ The stew looks hearty, ready to be tucked in ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Yummy!! I made cocoa avocado brownies for St. Patricks Day.. Definitely can’t beat your delicious irish beef stew ๐Ÿ˜‰


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