Guinness Beef Stew - hearty comforting stew with chunky hunks of beef slowly cooked and simmered in a rich and flavorful Guinness gravy sauce. Hands off easy and so tender, you can eat it by the spoon!
In a large Dutch over-medium heat, sauté bacon until brown and crisp. This may take about 5-6 minutes.
Remove bacon from skillet and transfer to a plate. There will be some bacon drippings left in the pan (about 1-2 tablespoons).
Season stew beef with salt and pepper to thoroughly cover all sides.
Add about 1-2 more oil .. Add stew beef and brown well, turning once, about 2 -3 minutes per side, until beef lightly browns. Do not overcrowd pan. Cook in batches, if necessary. Remove and set aside.
Add onions, garlic, thyme, bay leaf and celery to the skillet. Stir for about 2-3 minutes until onions is translucent. Then add flour and cook for another minute. Pour in about 1-2 cups water.
Add, paprika, tomato paste and bouillon. Continue stirring , then add Guinness, brown sugar , brown beef . Add more water or broth to the pot scrape all sides. Make sure it covers the food. Bring to a boil.
20 minutes before stew is ready throw in potatoes, carrots and peas; adjust seasonings according to preference.
Cover and cook on until potatoes are tender.
Remove, garnish with , bacon and parsley if desired and serve with bread.