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a bowl of guinness beef stew with garlic cheddar dumplings

Guinness Beef Stew with Garlic Cheddar Dumplings

  • Author: Jennifer Shreckengost
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 150 minutes
  • Total Time: 180 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


This Guinness beef stew with garlic cheddar dumplings is THE perfect answer to a cold, dreary day. Savory Guinness beef stew with melt-in-your-mouth garlic cheddar dumplings – your house will smell amazing as this stew simmers on the stove.


  • 2 lbs. beef stew meat
  • 5 slices bacon
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter – divided
  • 1/2 white onion – chopped
  • 3 celery stalks – chopped
  • 2 large carrots – chopped
  • 3/4 cup sliced Portobello mushrooms
  • 1 tsp. salt – divided
  • 3/4 tsp. pepper – divided
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 6 oz. tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 12 oz. Guinness
  • 4 cups beef bone broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • 1/31/2 cup whole milk


  1. In a large skillet, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove from skillet and set aside, leaving the bacon grease in the skillet. Once cooled, crumble bacon for later use.
  2. Using the same skillet with the bacon grease, season the beef stew meat with 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper, then brown on both sides. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  3. In a large dutch oven, melt the 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter over medium heat and add in the minced garlic. Sauté until fragrant and slightly browned, then add in the onion, celery, and carrots. Cook until vegetables become soft. Add in the tomato paste and stir.
  4. Add the Guinness and Worcestershire sauce and stir to combine. Bring it to a simmer.
  5. Add in the beef stew meat, beef broth, bay leaf, and sprigs of thyme. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 2 hours.
  6. Remove the bay leaf and sprigs of thyme. If stew is not thick enough, add in a small amount of flour or corn starch to help thicken. Add in the mushrooms and crumbled bacon.
  7. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, garlic powder, and salt. Using a fork or a pastry blender, cut in 1 Tbsp. of unsalted butter until crumbly. Mix in the cheddar cheese. Then, slowly stir in the milk and mix together until you have a wet dough.
  8. Form the dough into small, loose balls and drop them onto the top of the stew. Cover again and cook for another 15-20 minutes.
  9. Once dumplings are firm, remove the lid and serve.
  • Category: soup and stews
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Guinness beef stew, Guinness stew, Guinness beef stew with garlic cheddar dumplings