Beef in Beer in the Slow Cooker

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Delicious tender beef cooked in the slow cooker with beer, shallots, bacon, and mushrooms. The Guiness® makes a lovely gravy without tasting overly strong of beer. This is quite a meaty dish so would also be nice with potatoes and carrots added. I serve this with crusty French bread to mop up the juices. Hearty and warming to come home to. Cooks in 5 hours in the slow cooker; however it would not hurt it to be cooked all day.


  • 4 teaspoons vegetable oil, divided, or as needed
  • 12 shallots, peeled and left whole
  • 1 pound cubed beef stew meat
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle Irish stout beer (such as Guinness®)
  • 2 onion, cut in half and sliced
  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • 4 slices smoked streaky bacon, sliced into strips
  • 1 ½ cups fresh button mushrooms
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


Preheat slow cooker on Low.

Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a skillet over medium-low heat and cook shallots until they are lightly browned, 5 to 10 minutes. Place in the slow cooker. Add beef to the same skillet and cook until meat is seared on all sides and browned, about 5 minutes. Add flour and mix well. Pour in beer and bring to a boil. Transfer beef-beer mixture to the slow cooker.

Wipe out the skillet with a paper towel and add remaining 2 teaspoons oil. Add onion and cook until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and bacon and cook for 1 minute more. Transfer to the slow cooker. Add mushrooms and season generously with salt and pepper. Cover.

Cook on Low until meat is cooked through, about 5 hours.

Preparation time: 10 mins
Cook time: 5 hrs 20 mins
Total time: 5 hrs 30 mins
Servings: 4 – Yield: 4 servings



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