Who says you only have to drink your Guinness beer? This St. Patrick’s Day, you can eat your Guinness with this hearty and savory, Guinness Beef Stew Recipe. With just a few simple ingredients, this beef stew is prepared very quickly, and then spends the rest of the time simmering on the stove while wafting delicious aromas all through the house.

If the sensational smell doesn’t have your mouth watering, the first bite of this low-calorie stew certainly will. The Guinness flavors the beef perfectly, and it makes for an outstanding dish that is not only satisfying and delicious but very Weight Watchers friendly at just 6 Points per serving. So, if you are tired of eating corned beef every St. Patrick’s Day, try this Guinness Beef Stew as a delightful alternative. Enjoy!

Guinness Beef Stew

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this thick and hearty Weight Watchers Guinness Beef Stew recipe. Savory and flavorful, each beefy bite has a nice strong kick of Guinness beer. And each satisfying serving is just 6 Points.


  • 1 ½ lbs lean beef, cut into chunks
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 4 celery medium stalks, trimmed and diced
  • 1 18oz bottle Guinness beer
  • 1 cup fat free beef broth
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Spray a Dutch oven, or large cooking pot lightly with an olive oil mister and set over medium high heat. Season beef chunks with salt and pepper, place them in pot and brown on both sides, about 5-6 minutes on each side. Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. Place onion, garlic, carrots and celery into pan, and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until the vegetables become slightly tender.
  3. Return the beef to the pot. Pour in the beef stock, and Guinness and then add in the bay leaf. Season with additional salt and pepper.
  4. Turn heat down to medium, and then simmer gently for about 2 hours until the meat is tender, stirring occasionally to make sure it doesn’t stick. Serve immediately.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 2 hour(s)

Diet tags: Reduced fat, Reduced carbohydrate, High protein

Number of servings (yield): 6

Culinary tradition: Irish

Entire recipe makes 6 servings
Serving size is about 1 cup
Each serving = 6 Points

PER SERVING: 285 calories; 5.5g fat; 9g carbohydrates; 42g protein; 1.5g fiber


  1. This sounds so yummy! Can I cook it in the crock pot?

  2. I know it’s guinness(beer) stew but what can you substitute the beer with and still have a great taste?

    • I use gluten free beer because of a gluten intolerance. I will never be able to taste compare, but I like the way the stew turns out with my gf beer.

  3. CookCookCook!!

    Can you use red wine instead of guiness?

  4. babybatface

    WOW this is amazing! Thank you so much for having a weight watchers blog with delish food :)

  5. SO EXCITED to make this. I might bump the points up with a couple potatoes though. Mmm.

  6. Wow, just found this blog and it’s great! Can’t wait to try these out. Needed more WW recipes!

  7. Alley @ Alley's Recipe Book

    any ideas on how to make a vegetarian Guinness stew?

    • I just substitute tempeh or seitan for the meat and use veggie broth. Easy and just as delicious.

    • laaloosh

      I used lean round. Shoulder or sirloin is good too.