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Irish Inspired Ground Beef Stew

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Looking for a delicious and hearty dinner? Try out my Irish inspired ground beef stew recipe. It is loaded with seasoned ground beef, celery, carrots, potatoes, and more. This is a rich and delicious Irish stew with a twist.

Ground beef stew with potatoes, carrots, and celery.

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A simple and satisfying beef stew recipe that uses ground meat instead of the traditional cut up stew meat. It is simple ingredients that offer a nice punch of flavor. Pair with some crusty bread, and dive in the spoon first. An inspiration to an Irish beef stew.

Why You Will Enjoy This Homemade Ground Beef Stew

  • Simple Everyday Ingredients
  • Quick Cook Time
  • Hearty and Comforting
  • Stores Well Leftover

Ingredients Needed

Ingredient for ground beef stew sitting on a white countertop.
  • Ground Beef – Cook up your ground beef until fully cooked. Make sure to drain off excess grease.
  • Potatoes – I used small red potatoes but Yukon Gold or even Russets would make a great swap.
  • Seasonings – Salt, Pepper, Thyme are the main spices used for seasoning.
  • Oil – Olive oil, canola, or vegetable oil all work.
  • Vegetables – Carrots, celery, potatoes, onion, and garlic will all come together nicely to flavor your stew.
  • Flour – This is going to be a thickening agent, you can also use cornstarch.
  • Broth – Beef broth or bone broth are wonderful for adding a nice richness to the stew.
  • Worcestershire Sauce – This simple ingredient really adds nice depth to the beef stew. You will love the deep flavor it adds.

How to Make Ground Beef Stew

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

Collage of assembling Irish-inspired ground beef stew.

Step One: Start by cooking your ground beef in the pot until no longer pink. Make sure to drain off excess grease if there is any. (Photo 1)

Step Two: Next you will line a baking sheet with parchment paper and add your diced potatoes to the baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and then season. Roast potatoes as directed. (Photo 2)

Step Three: Once the ground beef is done, toss in the carrots, onions, and celery and cook for another 4 minutes or so to soften the onions. (Photos 3 & 4)

Collage of cooking Irish-inspired ground beef stew.

Step Four: Stir in the garlic, flour, and thyme. Cook for around two minutes stirring constantly. You want the mixture to brown a little.

Step Five: Add in broth, and Worcestershire, and bring the stew to a boil. (Photos 5 & 6)

Step Six: Reduce heat and simmer, and then once the roasted potatoes are done add to the stew. (Photo 7)

Ladle up and serve with some bread, dinner rolls, etc. (Photo 8)

Ground Beef Stew in a bowl.

Pro Tips For Stew Recipe

  • When draining grease off ground beef, here is a hack. Take a paper towel and place on a pair of tongs. Use that to move around in pan and the paper towel will soak up the grease. No need to dump out the beef to remove grease.
  • Season to your liking. Feel free to add other spices to ramp up the flavor of the hamburger soup recipe.
  • To use cornstarch instead of water, you will at the end of cooking bring the mixture to a boil. Stir in 1 tablespoon cornstarch with one tablespoon water and mix until it thickens. This takes just a couple of minutes to thicken.

Variations to Recipe

  • Swap ground beef with stew meat. Just sear the meat on all sides, then move on to the next steps.
  • Pour in half beef broth and a bottle of an Irish beer for more of a rich Irish stew recipe.
  • Get creative with vegetables used if you want. Add in other veggies you have on hand.
  • Skip roasting the potatoes if you want, and just boil them in the stew. It will take a bit longer for the potatoes to cook but once potatoes are fully cooked, the stew is ready.
  • For this winter stew recipe feel free to swap out with other ingredients you have on hand to create a filling dish.
A ladle scooping with ground beef stew.

Ground Beef Stew FAQs

What gives beef stew the best flavor?

Seasoning your soup with herbs and spices is key. The other component is using a mixture of vegetables which will add layers of flavor to your hearty stew recipes.

How do you thicken beef stew?

Browning the flour with the meat or using a cornstarch slurry are the two tried and true methods for thickening a stew. You can use either method for this beef stew recipe below.

What potatoes are best for stews?

Red potatoes, Yukon golds, or even russets all hold up great when cooked in stews. It is all a personal preference on the flavor you enjoy when it comes to the potatoes used.

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Ground Beef Stew

Author: Kim Schob
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American, Irish
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Reduce heat 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Yields 4 Servings
Irish Inspired Ground Beef Stew is loaded with seasoned ground beef, potatoes, carrots and more all smothered in a thick and savory broth. This ground beef stew recipe is so simple to make and a total comfort food to enjoy all year round.


  • 1 Ib Potatoes small red potatoes
  • 3 Tablespoons Oil as needed
  • 1 lb (453 ⅗ g) Ground Beef
  • 2 stalks Celery diced
  • 2 whole Carrots diced
  • 1 small Onion diced
  • 1 cloves Garlic minced
  • 2 Tablespoons (2 Tablespoons) Flour or Cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon (1 Tablespoon) Thyme
  • 4 Cups (960 g) Beef Broth or more as desired
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 450F
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat
  • Chop potatoes into 1-2" pieces and place on the baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 Tablespoons of olive oil, toss to coat, and then season with salt and pepper.
  • Roast the potatoes for 25-30 minutes, turning halfway through, as you prepare the stew.
  • Place remaining oil in a stockpot or dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Once oil is hot, add the ground beef and season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook until ground beef is well-browned, about 4 minutes, then add the diced onions, carrots and celery.
  • Continue to cook until onions are translucent, about 4 more minutes.
  • Stir in the garlic and cook 1 minute, then stir in flour and thyme.
  • Cook while stirring frequently for 2 minutes to allow the flour to coat the veggies and meat and brown slightly.
  • Add the beef broth and Worcestershire sauce. Increase the heat to medium-high until stew comes to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook 10 minutes until stew is thick and veggies are as tender as you'd like.
  • Add the roasted potatoes to the stew once they are done roasting and then adjust stew seasoning.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1Serving Calories: 432kcal (22%) Carbohydrates: 8g (3%) Protein: 23g (46%) Fat: 34g (52%) Saturated Fat: 10g (63%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g Monounsaturated Fat: 17g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 81mg (27%) Sodium: 1028mg (45%) Potassium: 582mg (17%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 2g (2%) Vitamin A: 260IU (5%) Vitamin C: 6mg (7%) Calcium: 63mg (6%) Iron: 3mg (17%)

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