Beef & Guinness Stew

Ingredients for 4 large servings:

4 strips bacon, sliced into small pieces

2 1/2 lb. beef chuck, cut in 2-inch pieces (tossed with black pepper and at least 1 tsp salt)

2 onions, chopped

1/2 tsp salt

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 can (14.0-oz) Guinness beer

1/4 cup tomato paste

4 sprigs of fresh thyme

3 carrots, cut in 1-inch pieces

2 ribs celery, cut in 1-inch pieces

2 1/2 cups chicken stock, or as needed

1 tsp sugar

salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

4 cups mashed potatoes, optional (not really)

 

Directions

– Simmer stew on very low heat, covered, for about 2 hours, or until fork tender

– Uncover, raise heat to med-high, and reduce, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens to your liking

– Taste and adjust seasoning!