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how to make irish lamb stew from scratch

Crockpot Irish Stew

Absolutely delicious, easy to make and with deep flavors, this traditional Irish stew is made in a crockpot. Using lamb meat and stout beer, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this Irish stew that’s sure to please. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Irish
Keyword Crockpot meals, Holiday Cooking, Irish, Irish Stew in the crockpot, St. Patrick’s Day, stew recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6 People


  • 2 Lbs Lamb Meat Cut into 1’’ pieces
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Medium Yellow Onion Diced
  • 2 Tbsp Garlic Diced (about 4 cloves)
  • 1/3 Cup Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Diced stewed tomatoes
  • 12 Oz Stout Beer Any dark beer will do
  • 4 Cups Beef broth Chicken broth can be substituted
  • 2 Cups Carrots Chopped
  • 2 Cups Red Skinned Potatoes Chopped
  • 1 Tsp Dried Thyme
  • 2 Tsp Salt separated
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper


  1. Heat olive oil on the stove in a large, deep pan. 

  2. Sear lamb in heated olive oil, cook on medium-high until a nice brown crust appears. Salt the lamb with 1 tsp salt. Once lamb has been seared on both sides, remove from pan and set aside.

  3. Add onions and garlic to pan. Sauté onions until carmelized on medium-low heat. 

  4. Pour flour over onions and garlic and mix until completely coated. Add in tomatoes and beer. Stir continuously until mixture thickens.

  5. Pour beef broth into the pan and mix until broth mixture is completely incorporated. 

  6. In a crockpot, place lamb meat, carrots, potatoes, 1 tsp salt, pepper and thyme.

  7. Pour broth mixture over the lamb and root vegetables. 

  8. Cook on high for one hour, followed by cooking on low for 3 hours (or until root vegetables are cooked through). Enjoy with some bread and butter on the side, and add in Irish Soda Bread with freshly made strawberry jam for dessert!