When we think of the foods of Ireland, potatoes come to mind. And I love potatoes! When I was a kid and my mom would make stew all I would eat is the potatoes. Once those cubes had cooked in the gravy for hours they were soaked with all the flavors of the meat and veggies. This Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew hits all those yummy notes and textures. It’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or ANY day!
Stews are kind of like snowflakes, no two are alike. Okay, that might be a stretch, but you get the idea! Everyone has their own take and I don’t think there is any WRONG way to make a stew.
In 19th century Ireland, when food was scarce and meat was even scarcer, people would put their vegetables, usually potatoes and onions into a large cauldron with a small amount of liquid, usually water, and cook over an open fire. If they were lucky enough to have some meat, it was usually small amounts of tough meat from older animals, they would add that to the pot and cook it for hours until tender. This made a hearty meal that would warm and fill many bellies.
My mom always used her pressure cooker to make stew, it tenderizes and cooks the meat in a very short amount of time. I like to use my slow cooker. Because I can prepare the stew in the morning, forget about it, and have a Gr8 meal that evening. Now many people use the Instant Pot. I don’t have one yet, but that is my next big kitchen purchase. So whatever method you use, enjoy an Irish Stew, easy enough for a weekday, delicious enough for company!
This Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew is a peasant meal, nothing fancy; sometimes simple comfort food is the way to go.
Serve this with our easy Irish Soda Bread.