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Irish Stew

Published by Kellie Moore

old recipe but beatuiful



  • 1/2 bag of potatoes
  • 3 medium / 2 large carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 0.8 kg of mince (preferably beef)
  • 2 beef stock cubes and / or beef gravy powder (very important that you do not use granules)
  • 1-2 medium sized bags of instant mash


Serves 4-6 (plus normally left overs!)

Peel and chop potatoes (not too small or else they well disintegrate), peel and slice carrots, chop onion finely, and place all ingredients in saucepan (I normally use an 8 litre pan but any large saucepan will do - or split between 2 average sized pans).

Fry mince (in its own juices) and drain off fat.

Place mince on top of vegetables in saucepan, and cover all ingredients with hot water. Put pan on a medium-high heat.

Once water begins to boil crumble and add stock cubes and gravy powder - as to taste (if you use granules they tend to clog in this recipe). Stir ingredients well and reduce heat so ingredients are simmering.

Let stew simmer for approximately 1 hour checking occasionally to make sure ingredients are just covered with water.

After 1 hour, turn off heat and add instant mash to thicken - do this slowly and stir continuously. We normally make it thick enough for the spoon to stand up in itself!!! (that's the way it should be - but make it how you like it!!!).


  • Chris miskimmon 1 year ago

    Rabbit stew basiclly any kind of animal you could catch and eat and grow that was stew friends but yeah my mother make a lovly stew potatoes mince beef carrot beef stock and it come out nice and thick

  • Chris Miskimmon 1 year ago

    Ha the likes of it you rich so and so's

  • Chris miskimmon 1 year ago

    Lol beef stew ats a rich mans food actully real stew used back in the day to feed many peoples had little or no meat because people couldnt afford it plus it was warm to hold and helped with all the stuff the body needs to fight of colds

  • Geoff 4 years ago

    This is pretty much the stew that I grew up with - in Northern Ireland. It's the stew my Mum made and my Granny made, and my friends' Mums made. (The only exception being that we didn't add instant mash - you don't need it if you use floury potatoes.)
    It was only when I moved to England that I discovered that there was something called 'Irish Stew' which was unlike any anything I'd actually eaten in Ireland.

  • Anthony 5 years ago

    Mr magner , i live in ireland for 9 years and the only place where i see irish stew made with lamb ios in cookbooks , every families i visited uses mince beef as it is cheap and can feed many peoples , ( the real purpose of stew) , and nobody uses roux , gravy powder instead.

  • Tom 6 years ago

    When you put the veg in the saucepan do you add water?

  • Moore 7 years ago

    Spuds , turnip , parsnip, carrot, onion, sausages and mince when cooked add
    bisto and oxo mixed with cold water. Served with pepper, brown sauce and bread for dipping. Thats how i do it cheap and cheerful and im irish

  • marty 7 years ago

    think you find there is no definite recipe for irish stew, ingredients in each dish differs, thats what great about irish stew, always tastes the same but different, and always good

  • Kirsty 8 years ago

    I too, am Irish and have had stew with both lamb and beef (I think it's down to preference) however traditionally it was actually made with mutton - a cheap meat. It's most often made with chunks of meat rather than mince though. I made it with mince before and it wasn't as nice.. :P I only done that because I'm a student too and meat chunks are more expensive :(

  • Mick 8 years ago

    My family is Irish and we have always made it with the cheap meat we had in the house, usually beef mince. Since we live in Australia we would add Vegemite to it for kick and extra flavour. Im not sure were you live Mr Magner but the purpose of the stew is for the food to feed as many as possible for the least amount of money. Lamb or beef are fine. Ive had many stews while in Ireland on holiday and a lot of them are beef based.

  • Jack 8 years ago

    Mr Magner is right, The classic irish stew was made with diced lamb and certainly not minced beef.

  • amanda 8 years ago

    im irish and this is irish stew, my gran and mam have never made stew with lamb. always made with mince would add a dash of worcshire sauce though.

  • Mr Magner 9 years ago

    That's not Irish stew!!!

    Don't use mince. . . .and don't use beef! Use lamb, cheapest you can find, and cut it into rough lumps. Brown it, check it in a pan with all the veg and boil away for about 40 mins. . . .scrape the scum off the top occasionally too, that's important. Make a 'roux' which is melted butter and flour mixed in, tip that in and play with it untill it's as thick as you want it. . . . don't worry if it's watery, you can have this however you like it. It's a cheapy dish and tasted fab.

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