Vegan Irish Stew - Holy Cow! Vegan Recipes (2024)

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Fall in love with this vegan Irish Stew recipe! It is hearty, delicious and meatless, but no one will miss the meat. The gravy is creamy, aromatic with spices, and packed with healthful vegetables like carrots, celery and potatoes. Guinness beer adds traditional and authentic flavor.

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Traveling vegan is not only easy in Ireland, it is practically a pleasure. This is a very vegan-friendly country, as I found out during out trip there, and the food I ate was nothing short of spectacular.

But one thing I didn't find on a restaurant menu was a hearty vegan stew made with Ireland's favorite drink, Guinness. While beef and lamb Guinness stews are everywhere, the restaurants I went to had nothing resembling this Irish favorite in a vegan form.

So as soon as I got back home, I stirred up the pot with my delicious and meatless vegan Irish Stew, a recipe I shared with you many years ago for St. Patrick's Day. But this time I had a new appreciation of the ingredients -- and particularly the dark Guinness stout -- that goes into it.

When I first posted this recipe, Guinness was not vegan, because the process of making this delicious brew involved filtering it through isinglass, or fish bladders. Fortunately, in 2017 Guinness began taking steps to make its brew vegan, and beginning 2018 all Guinness now on the market is divinely vegan. Which also made it easy to glug all the Guinness I wanted to when we visited the storehouse at St James Gate in Dublin where it all began. Even better, restaurants at the brewery (with spectacular views of the city) had great vegan and vegetarian options as well.

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Mine is a rather traditional stew, without the lamb, of course (wouldn't you rather just cuddle one?) It's also a one-pot dish with no more than 15 minutes of hands-on time needed. If you love hearty, meaty but vegan stews like my vegan beef stew, this recipe is for you.

I used soy chunks, dredged in flour and seasoned with herbs and then stir-fried until golden-brown, to replace the meat, which is usually lamb. The soy, when cooked this way, gets a wonderful texture, and who needs the meat? You can -- and perhaps should -- make this stew a day earlier, because this is one of those dishes that tastes even better the next day, when the flavors have had a chance to meld together.


  • Soy or TVP chunks (you can also use a vegan meat or seitan)
  • Unbleached all purpose flour
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Crimini Mushrooms
  • Herbs (I used a mix of rosemary, sage and thyme -- use rosemary if you can only use one)
  • Guinness stout
  • Vegetable stock
  • Vegetable oil
  • Vegan butter

Recipe FAQs

I love Guinness. Can I use more in this recipe?

Yes! But keep in mind that more Guinness will add a bitter undernote to your recipe. While some bitterness from the brew makes this dish fabulous, a lot might not be up to everyone's taste. I'd advise trying out the recipe with 8 oz of Guinness the first time, and adding more if you think you want it.

Can I serve this stew to my child with the Guinness in it?

The alcohol cooks out and only leaves the complexity of the stout behind, adding tremendous flavor. So eat away without any worries.

What can I serve with this stew?

My favorite is creamy mashed potatoes, or vegan colcannon. It may seem like potato overkill, with the potatoes in the stew as well, but it really works.
You can also serve the stew with Irish soda bread, of course (here's my gluten-free soda bread), or with a crusty French bread.
Desi likes his stew with boiled rice, and a good bit of stew drizzled over rice is truly divine.
If you've got a fussy kid around (like I do!) serve him or her this stew with a side of sweet potato fries or baked or air-fried French fries and watch it go!

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  • Vegan Irish Chili

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Vegan Irish Stew

A hearty and delicious vegan Irish Stew where no one will miss the meat. The gravy is creamy, aromatic with spices, and packed with healthful vegetables like carrots, celery and potatoes. A glug of Guinness adds more traditional and authentic flavor.

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Course: Stew

Cuisine: Irish, Vegan

Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian

Prep Time: 15 minutes mins

Cook Time: 45 minutes mins

Total Time: 1 hour hr 5 minutes mins

Servings: 8 servings

Calories: 230kcal

Author: Vaishali · Holy Cow Vegan



  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup soy chunks or TVP chunks (soy curls work too. Or use seitan chunks)
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour (You can use whole wheat or, to make this gluten-free, use a gf all purpose flour)
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 6 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 3 sticks celery, (finely chopped)
  • 15 baby carrots (cut into halves. Or use two large carrots and cut them into rounds about ¼th of an inch thick)
  • 6 medium potatoes (cut in a chunky dice)
  • 8 oz crimini mushrooms (chopped in large chunks)
  • 8 oz Guinness draught stout
  • 3-5 cups vegetable stock
  • 3 teaspoon herbs (use a mix of rosemary, sage, thyme or one or two of these)
  • 2 tablespoon parsley (minced)
  • 2 tablespoon vegan butter (optional, but very, very nice)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoon tamari (or liquid aminos or soy sauce. Optional, but adds another dimension of flavor)


  • Soak the TVP or soy chunks or curls in hot water for 30 minutes. Drain.

  • Mix the flour with salt and pepper and half the herbs. Dredge the TVP chunks in the flour. Shake off any excess flour.

  • Heat all but 1 teaspoon of the vegetable oil in a Dutch oven or a large, heavy-bottomed pot.

  • Working in batches, if necessary, brown the TVP chunks in the dutch oven in a single layer, being careful not to crowd them.

  • Remove the soy chunks to a dish lined with a paper towel and set aside. Also reserve any flour remaining from dredging the TVP because we'll use that to thicken the sauce.

  • Add the remaining teaspoon of oil to the dutch oven and add the onions and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Saute, stirring frequently, over medium heat until the onions are softened and translucent, about 3-4 minutes.

  • Add the carrots, celery, potatoes and mushrooms and any remaining flour and stir to mix. Add the Guinness and let the stew come to a boil. Cook until most of the beer has disappeared.

  • Add the remaining herbs with the TVP chunks and 4 cups of the vegetable stock.

  • Bring to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer, cover the pot with a lid, and cook for 30 minutes or until the vegetables are very tender and the flavors have melded together. Add more stock or water if the stew looks too dry. I made my stew rather thick because that's how we like it, but you can definitely make it soupier.

  • Add salt (and/or the tamari or liquid aminos if using) and ground black pepper to taste. Stir in the butter, if using.

  • Serve hot. Stew always tastes best when it has had some time to stand and the flavors have mixed together, so this is a great dish to make the day before you want to serve it.

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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Hi! I'm Vaishali, a journalist turned food blogger. At Holy Cow Vegan I share easy, tasty recipes made with clean, wholesome ingredients that the entire family can enjoy.

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  1. Helen

    I made an Irish stew once but found the beer made it too bitter for me. Is this stew bitter with the beer? I'm debating whether to leave it out or use less. I used to love store bought canned beef and Irish stew when I was a kid (we aren't Irish so that is what I've tried :))


    • Vaishali

      Hi Helen, the beer adds a very slight undertone. You can leave it out or use a dry red wine instead.


  2. Tamara

    Hi! Would tofu chunks work well in this recipe?


    • Vaishali

      Yes they would be great. Make sure you sauté them first just like the soy chunks.


  3. Emma

    Hi, are the herbs listed dried or fresh?


    • Vaishali

      Dried! You can use fresh, but in that case use 2-3 tablespoons.


      • Briana Salcido

        Can you use cornstarch instead of flour?

      • Vaishali

        Use half as much!

  4. Diane

    Vegan Irish Stew - Holy Cow! Vegan Recipes (6)
    I have made this numerous times now and it's always a hit, even with meat eaters. We usually have it with some crusty bread. Delicious


  5. Tara

    What can I replace the beer with to make it gluten free? I noticed you said to replace the flour- but no replacement for the beer


    • Vaishali

      Hi, there are many gf beers on the market now and you can just use one of those. Or sub with 1/2 cup wine.


  6. Toni

    Vegan Irish Stew - Holy Cow! Vegan Recipes (7)
    I must be blind...when do you add the butter? 🙂


    • Dan T.

      Same question here... I don't see it. 🙂


      • Vaishali

        Step 10! ?

  7. patty barrett

    Vaishali, I am going to make this tomorrow 3.15.20, for St Patty's Day. Thank for this recipe. It will my first using Soy Curls. I have loved All of your recipes thus far. My husband and I are going to Ireland at the end of May, hopefully this virus will have passed and bands on traveling will be lifted. I will visit some of those places you mentioned. Thanks for the tips.


    • Vaishali

      Hi Patty, I'm sure you'll love it!


    • Anonymous

      Just going through the comments in April 2022 and the dark humor in me had to chuckle when I read "hopefully this virus will have passed" (by May 2020!). Did you ever make it to Ireland?


  8. Samadhi

    Vegan Irish Stew - Holy Cow! Vegan Recipes (8)
    Outstanding! I used a high alcohol lager, and served it over crusty bread in a bowl. I'd love to try it Tibetan crust in pot style, I think it would be amazing. Thanks!


    • Vaishali

      What a great idea!


      • Deb

        Vegan Irish Stew - Holy Cow! Vegan Recipes (9)
        Absolutely delicious. I used Fable plant based braised beef

      • Vaishali

        So happy to hear 🙂


    In the picture of the stew, what is the white stuff on top?


    • Vaishali

      Mashed potatoes


  10. Jennifer Kieljan

    Vegan Irish Stew - Holy Cow! Vegan Recipes (10)
    Hi! I just noticed the recipie has been updated from what it was previously. Wasn't there mushrooms in the previous recipie??? And really 6 medium potatoes? I feel like it was less and had mushrooms. Please tell me any changes, I loved the old one and would like to continue using that one! Thanks!


    • Vaishali

      You can add 8 oz of mushrooms when you add the soy chunks back in. I love lots of potatoes in my stew, but feel free to use less and replace with other veggies -- like mushrooms. You can also just make the stew in this recipe, although this is great as a pot pie filling:


  11. Julie Burge

    Vegan Irish Stew - Holy Cow! Vegan Recipes (11)
    Vaishali, this dish looks gorgeous and one I think I might have to try in my instant pot. Love Guinness and have soy curls so looks like a great make ahead dish for the week. Those creamy mashed potatoes are like a big bow on this gift. Yum!

    I love your travel commentary of Ireland. A place my husband and I would love to visit, made even more so by how vegan friendly the country has become. Thank you! I look forward to trying this dish.


    • Vaishali

      Thanks, Julie, Ireland is certainly worth a visit. We are total fans now. 🙂


  12. Laura Gilliam

    I do not drink alcohol and I see that the beer is essential. Is it that I will not be able to enjoy this and other recipes of yours? I eat only fish as my meat intake and I love lamb?


    • Vaishali

      You can leave out the beer although the alcohol evaporates during cooking.


  13. Stuart

    Vegan Irish Stew - Holy Cow! Vegan Recipes (12)
    OMG...this is delish after only 1/2 hour simmer. I can't imagine the treat I am in for after it sits in the fridge over night. Great recipe. Thank you. Now what shall I try next...


  14. Vincent Mitchell

    Guinness is vegan now.


  15. Leigh

    Vegan Irish Stew - Holy Cow! Vegan Recipes (13)
    Great recipe and I will try to replicate for St. Patty's day - thank you!!

    The link you posted about Guinness actually only states that kegs are vegan. But I checked on and actually kegs, bottles and cans of Guinness Original, Guinness Stout & Guinness Foreign Extra Stout ARE VEGAN!! Woot woot!


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Vegan Irish Stew - Holy Cow! Vegan Recipes (2024)


What is the difference between stew and Irish stew? ›

The main difference between an Irish stew and classic beef stew comes down to the protein. Traditional Irish stew is usually made with lamb, while beef stew is always made with beef. Our version includes beef chuck, which is less traditional, but easy to make and equally delicious.

What is a good substitute for beef stew meat? ›

Cubed super firm tofu, soy curls or textured soy chunks, beans, lentils, or a store-bought vegan beef substitute. For my next trick, vegan beef broth. I LOVE Better Than Bouillon Concentrated Stock Paste so much I should work for them or something.

Why is Irish stew popular in Ireland? ›

Though the Romans had long outgrown it by then, stewing came to prominence in Ireland during the early 19th century, during a period of economic turmoil that led to mass poverty. With only a hanging pot, an open fire and a few fairly easily attainable ingredients, even poor families were able to survive on Irish stew.

What thickens Irish stew? ›

If it's too thin, simmer it, uncovered, at the end of cooking until thickened to your liking. You can also thicken it with a cornstarch slurry made by combining a small amount of cornstarch with a little water to make a thin paste. Add to the stew and simmer until thickened.

What is Irish stew called in Ireland? ›

Irish stew (Irish: Stobhach Gaelach) or Stobhach is a stew native to Ireland that is traditionally made with root vegetables and lamb or mutton, but also commonly with beef. As in all traditional folk dishes, the exact recipe is not consistent from time to time, or place to place.

Why is my Irish stew bitter? ›

Stouts, like Guinness, are known for their bitterness. If the stew is cooked too quickly or if it doesn't include ingredients to balance the bitterness, this flavor can be very pronounced. This recipe includes a couple of simple steps to tame that bitter flavor and ensure it doesn't overwhelm the stew.

What is the best cut of beef for Irish stew? ›

Use beef chuck stew meat that is well marbled with fat as lean stew meat will end up too dry. Save prep time by prepping the onions, carrots, and potatoes while the stock with beef is simmering in step 2.

Why do people eat Irish stew? ›

Whatever its origins, Irish stew has become an iconic dish in Irish cuisine, beloved for its simplicity and heartiness. It's the kind of dish that warms the soul and brings people together, and it's a testament to the resilience and resourcefulness of the Irish people.

What is the healthiest meat for stew? ›

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What can I substitute for carrots in beef stew? ›

Carrot Substitutes
  • Parsnips. If you held up a parsnip and a carrot together, you might be inclined to call parsnips white carrots, which is one reason parsnips make for an ideal substitute. ...
  • Sweet Potatoes. ...
  • Winter Squash. ...
  • Rutabaga and Turnips. ...
  • Daikon Radish. ...
  • Bell Peppers. ...
  • Zucchini. ...
  • Celery Root and Parsley Root.
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What makes beef stew taste like beef stew? ›

Coating the meat in flour and searing adds incredible color and flavor to the beef, which is then infused throughout the stew. It also creates browned bits on the bottom of the pan, and when we deglaze those with red wine, it takes the flavor to new heights.

What is the most eaten vegetable in Ireland? ›

THIS is officially Ireland's favourite vegetable. You may be surprised to hear that the carrot has been victorious in claiming the title of Ireland's favourite vegetable, even though you thought it might have been the potato!

What is Ireland's national dish? ›

Believed to have been a staple of Irish cuisine since around the year 1800, heart-warming homemade stew remains a firm favourite to this day. To many across the country, Irish stew is the national dish of Ireland.

What did the Irish eat instead of potatoes? ›

Before the introduction of potatoes, the main staple food in Ireland was grains, particularly oats. Irish people also relied on vegetables such as turnips, cabbage, and onions, as well as dairy products like butter and cheese, and meat from cows, pigs, and sheep.

Is Irish stew thick or watery? ›

Irish stew is similar to beef stew; both stews are thick and hearty. However, Irish stew is traditionally made with lamb or mutton instead of beef. Meat and vegetables take up most of the space, so the consistency is very thick and not watery.

Are there different types of stew? ›

Our Filipino sinigang, our West African-inspired chicken & peanut stew, our Cajun chicken and sausage gumbo, our Jamaican oxtail stew, our Moroccan lamb tagine, our Southern Brunswick stew, our Irish beef stew, or our French ratatouille are all great examples of the wide variety out there.

What is the significance of Irish stew? ›

The origins of Irish stew are somewhat shrouded in mystery, but it's believed to have originated in the 17th or 18th century. At that time, the dish was often made by shepherds and rural farmers who had access to only a few ingredients but needed a nourishing meal to sustain them through long days of work.

What makes a stew a stew? ›

Another way to look at it: Soup is any combination of ingredients cooked in liquid. Stew is any dish that's prepared by stewing—that is, submerging the ingredients with just enough liquid to cook them through at a simmer in a covered pot for a long time.

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