Best Irish Lamb Stew With Guinness – How To Make Traditional Irish Stew

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Last Updated on March 21, 2022 by Chef Mireille

This Traditional Irish Stew is rich, luscious and delicious. Sure, everyone thinks about it for St. Patricks Day but this family friendly recipe is pure comfort food for any day of the year.

If lamb isn’t your thing, no problem. Lots of people make it with beef.

bowl of Irish Lamb Stew with bottle of Guinness in the background

New York City has a very large Irish population and St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most popular holidays. While most people immediately think of Soda Bread, Colcannon and Corned Beef when they think of St. Patty’s as well as the copious amounts of alcohol consumed, I immediately think of freezing my butt off.

When I was in high school, I joined the band in my sophomore year and played the glockenspiel. For three weeks straight, there were St. Patrick’s Day parades in every section of New York, but the big Manhattan parade was the worst. Three layers of clothes with single digit temperatures carrying that stupid instrument, marching down 5th avenue having to navigate around the horse dung from the mounted police officers. Let’s just say this parade was one of the main reasons I decided to quit the band after just one year.

Usually on St. Patrick’s Day now, I head straight home and try to be out of Manhattan as early as possible. The drunk people on the subways start at around noon. Yes, I know the Irish are known for Guinness and whisky, but I don’t know why people feel the need to over indulge on this holiday. It’s not like St. Patrick was the patron saint of liquor. While we all enjoy Irish food and drink on the holiday, few of us know the history of St. Patrick in Ireland. Let’s learn a little history before you enjoy this delicious lamb stew.

Irish Lamb Stew in a bowl with Guiness and gold coins in the background

St. Patrick was born in Roman Britain in the 5th century. He was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland when he was 16. While there, he worked as a shephard and found God. Patrick eventually escaped and returned home, where he became a priest. He eventually returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. There are many legends associated with St. Patrick which leads to his great popularity in Ireland and the complete Irish diaspora worldwide.

Irish Lamb Stew in a bowl with bottle of Guinness in background

Here’s hoping the luck of the Irish bless you as you enjoy this bowl of pure comfort food!

Don’t miss this Irish Potato Apple Cake for dessert!

bowl of Irish Lamb Stew with bottle of Guinness in the background
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Irish Lamb Stew

Traditional Irish Lamb Stew with Guinness is smoky and hearty. Perfect comfort food in a bowl.
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time2 hours
Total Time3 hours
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Irish
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 516kcal


  • 1 1/2 lbs. lamb loin chops
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped rosemary
  • 5 large mint leaves finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons oil divided
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt and pepper mix
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 3 finely chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 bottle Guinness beer
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 3 potatoes chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots


  • Using a cleaver, cut the loin chops in half. Combine meat with chopped rosemary, mint and 2 tablespoons of the oil. Toss to combine and leave to marinate for 1 hour.
  • Toss the meat with flour, salt and pepper.
  • In a large heavy bottomed pot, heat the other 2 tablespoons of oil. Add meat and sear on both sides. Remove from pot.
  • Add onions and garlic. Saute until they start to change color.
  • Add tomatoes, Guinness and broth. Add bay leaves, rosemary, sage and thyme. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 1 ½ hours.
  • Add potatoes, peas and carrots. Cook for another 20 minutes.
    Lamb Stew
  • Adjust salt and pepper, as needed


Calories: 516kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 559mg | Potassium: 443mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 242IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. As usual, very informative post, this time about St. Patrick’s Day.Enjoyed reading the intro,Mir. And the lamb stew sounds delicious with those veggies.

  2. It is always a pleasure to read your intros relating to food or festivals. I do agree with the drunken people on St. Patricks day and for some reason I felt it was a bit better this year compared to previous years, at least in my neighborhood..

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