Irish Beef Stew
Irish Beef Stew. Photo Courtesy of Downton Abbey Cooks

Originally, Saint Patrick’s Day celebration was a feast day by the Roman Catholic Church to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick, who died on March 17, 461 and by the way, he wasn’t event Irish. But every year, the Irish and the Irish at-heart across the planet continue to observe this holiday and enjoy it the extra mile in what has turned out to be a major of the Irish culture that includes parades, dancing, special food cooked on that day, a lot of green (on clothes, water, etc) and of course, plenty of beer.

Hoping that you’ll enjoy the Saint Patrick’s celebrations taking place in West Palm Beach at different venues and districts, here is also a cooking recipe to try some true Irish cuisine yourself and savor with families and friends.

Irish Beef Stew to Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day

Serves: 4 – 6 | Prep Time: 30 Minutes | Cooking Time: 2 Hours


  • 1/4 cup Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper, plus more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus more if needed
  • 1 1/2 pounds TAll Natural Stew Meat
  • 1 TJ’s Yellow Onion, sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 medium cloves Premium Peeled Garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 1/2 tsp dried French Thyme, plus more to taste
  • 2 cups Organic Beef Broth, or more if needed
  • 1 bottle (1 ½ cups) KBC Porter
  • 2 cups sliced (about 8 carrots) Carrots of Many Colors, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 3 cups (about 3 medium potatoes) 1 inch-cubed Gold Potatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped Italian Parsley


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Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and preheat to 325 degrees F. Season 1/4 cup flour with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Dredge the meat in seasoned flour. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a Dutch oven. Shake excess flour off the meat and sear in 2 batches so that a nice crust forms around each piece of meat, about 3-4 minutes per side without stirring. Add more oil in between batches if needed. Set browned meat aside on a plate.

Add onion to the pan, scraping up the brown bits from the bottom, and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add minced garlic and stir for about a minute. Add 2 tablespoons tomato paste, and stir for another 30 seconds.

Add all of the meat back to the pot. Add 2 cups of stock and 1 bottle of KBC Porter. The liquid should just barely cover the meat, if not, add more broth. Add 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, stir, bring to a boil, turn off heat and cover with lid.

Transfer pot to oven. Braise for 1 hour, until meat is tender, stirring halfway through cooking. Remove from oven. Taste for seasoning. Add up to 1/4 teaspoon each of salt, thyme and pepper if needed.

Stir in 3 cups cubed potatoes and 2 cups sliced carrots and continue baking with the lid on until the vegetables are tender, about 1 hour, stirring half way through. Remove from oven and taste for seasoning. Garnish with parsley and serve!

Serving suggestion: Try serving atop a bed of “Quick Colcannon” (see separate recipe).


To enjoy the best ingredients for this recipe, please visit a Trader’s Joe near you to acquire the ingredients above-mentioned. Suggested Trader’s Joe locations:

TJ’s Palm Beach Gardens
2560 PGA Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 -561-514-6455
TJ’s Wellington
2877 South State Rd 7, Wellington, FL 33414 – 561-656-1067

Learn How to Prepare an Irish Beef Stew to Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in West Palm Beach During This Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration, Tuesday March 17.