This recipe was updated on 3/12/17
This recipe for Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew does not have alcohol in it. I think non-alcoholic Irish Beef Stew is probably an oxymoron, but I wanted to make it for St. Patrick’s Day for my family without adding beer or wine to the recipe.
We are not Irish, but we have some Irish relatives and we are up for celebrating any holiday – especially when it involves good food. It’s always been a tradition in our family to make a special meal to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
One year I made an all green dinner. We had green meat loaf, green mashed potatoes, green salad, broccoli, green jello, and green Kool-Aid to drink. Another year we made green eggs and ham. We love the Donovan’s Irish Pasties. We also have a collection of 10 Green Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day. And for dessert, don’t miss our version of McDonald’s Shamrock Shake.
As for this recipe, the beef is so tender and juicy from cooking all day on a low heat. I like to cut the vegetables in large chunks so they don’t get soggy when cooking with the beef. You can try different seasonings to suit your taste. It’s always good to start out with a little and then add more if you would like. As I explain in the directions below, you will want to taste test the stew about 30 minutes before serving and add more salt, pepper, and seasonings as needed. I like to serve this stew with our Irish Soda Bread or biscuits and a green side salad.