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Irish Beef and Guinness Pie Recipe

Irish Beef and Guinness Pie is a rich and hearty savory pie made with beef, onions, carrots and Guinness Stout. The filling develops a velvety rich gravy as it simmers on the stove. Puff pastry caps the ramekins for a flaky topping. Serve with some tatties and a pint of Guinness for a complete, traditional Irish meal. What is your favorite Irish recipe?

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Why I Love This Recipe

Recently I had the immense pleasure of visiting a lush, green country full of castles, 700 year old churches, medieval villages and some of the kindest people I have ever met. This intro could have easily described Italy but this time, I was in Ireland.

My travel buddy Janet and I landed in Dublin where we stayed at Jacobs Inn, a modern hostel in an old building. You have the choice of staying in a multiple pod bay or reserving a private double room with en-suite bathroom. We chose the latter and still saved money over a hotel.

The 3rd floor at Jacobs Inn
Our room at Jacobs Inn.

Dublin can be an expensive city and staying at Jacobs Inn or nearby Molloy’s Pub is a great solution where you can mingle with the locals as well as immerse yourselves with like-minded travelers from all around the World.

I have many fond memories of Dublin including my first Beef and Guinness Pie. We ended up enjoying a few of these during our trip, we very much enjoyed them. Our first pie was at Molloy’s Pub a few doors down from Jacob’s Inn. A flaky biscuit topped a meat filled ramekin. The richness of the gravy and the super tender beef was perfectly balanced by that biscuit. It was served with ‘chips’ which we know as fries.

I enjoyed recreating this recipe and was surprised at how easy it was to make. Just cook up some onions, beef and bacon, add some beer and simmer for a few hours. The filling goes into ramekins and topped with a flaky dough. It is then baked and that’s it.

My first Beef and Guinness Pie at Molloy’s Pub in Dublin.

What You Will Need to Make Beef and Guinness Pie

  • Beef – Any type of marbled beef will work well. I found a nice 2 lb beef roast that had a lot of marbling.
  • Butter & Flour – Just a wee bit. Makes for a nice, thick gravy with the stout.
  • Smoked Bacon – I always go for the thick cut but any type of smoked bacon will do nicely.
  • Onion & Carrots – I used red onion but any type will do.
  • Sweet Things – Some people use just plain sugar to counter the bitterness of the stout but I used a wee bit of brown sugar and craisins. Raisins would also do nicely.
  • Guinness Stout – This makes a rich, velvety gravy with the beef juices.
  • Egg & Pastry – I used a store-bought puff pastry to try to replicate that beautiful biscuit at the pub. I think a flaky biscuit would work well too. Originally this pie was probably made with short crust pastry, the type you would use for apple pie. The egg is just to make the pastry shiny.

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Beef and Guinness Pie Filling

This is where you can actually get creative. Traditionally the filling would be whatever the cook has in their garden. Root vegetables would be common due to Ireland and Scotland’s rainy and cloudy climate. The root veggies include potatoes, carrots, onions. parsnips and turnips or rutabagas.

You can make this vegetarian or vegan by substituting the beef for your favorite protein hacks such as TVP, tempeh, seitan, lentils and beans or go total veggie with mushrooms.

You can also just plus up the veggies that don’t grow well in these areas such as tomatoes and peppers.

Changing the profile wouldn’t be too difficult if you wanted to go Ireland meets Texas kind of situation where the filling includes brisket, BBQ sauce, onions, peppers and a Shiner Beer or Deep Ellum Beer. Don’t go bragging about this copycat variation in Dublin though, they are loud and proud.

What to Serve with Beef and Guinness Pie

This is a very rich and meat intense entree, a nice potato side is a delicious way to sop up the extra gravy. Old fashioned mash potatoes are always a winner. My favorite way of adding some tang to mashed potatoes is to add sour cream.

I always like oven-roasted potatoes as a side and with this meaty Irish pie, it’s just perfect. Batata Harra is a Lebanese-style twice cooked potato where the potatoes are first baked then fried in a skillet with spices and aromatics.

If you want to go American old school, a bonny baked potato will also do nicely. Or you could keep it all Irish and serve with some crusty Irish Soda bread.

How to Make Beef and Guinness Pie

In a large dutch oven, cook your meat, butter and flour. Set aside while your onions and carrots cook.
Cook your veggies in the same pot, scraping the flavorful brown bits on the bottom.
Add remaining ingredients and simmer for a few hours on low heat, covered. The meat will get very tender, the veggies will cook down and the gravy will develop nicely. Place filling in ramekins and cover with pastry. Crimp the edges with the tines of a fork.
Brush a beaten egg over the top of the pastry to develop a nice golden and shiny top.
Bake to a bonny golden finish and enjoy with those tatties!

Tips For Making the Best Beef and Guinness Pie

  • Be sure to simmer the filling at least three hours. This will help the beef tenderize and the gravy will thicken nicely.
  • Brush beaten egg on your pastry to help it develop a pretty golden and shiny crust.
  • Keep a close eye on the pastry when you put it in the oven to make sure it doesn’t burn.
  • Cut your meat and chop your carrots into bite size pieces.
  • If you aren’t going serve the whole recipe at once, save the filling in the fridge and bake in the ramekins with the pastry when you are ready to serve. This way the pastry will be freshly hot and not soggy.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand

– Irish Blessing

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Beef and Guinness Pie in a ramekins with a golden crust of puff pastry.

Irish Beef and Guinness Pie Recipe

Yield: 6 Ramekins
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes

Irish Beef and Guinness Pie is a rich and hearty savory pie made with beef, onions, carrots and Guinness Stout. The filling develops a velvety rich gravy as it simmers on the stove. Puff pastry caps the ramekins for a flaky topping. Serve with some tatties and a pint of Guinness for a complete, traditional Irish meal. What is your favorite Irish recipe?


  • 6 slices of smoked bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 lb of beef roast, trimmed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 3 Tbs flour
  • 1 red onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 Tbs salted butter
  • 2 cups of carrots, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 Tbs craisins, may substitute raisins
  • 1 tsp light brown sugar
  • 11 oz bottle of Guinness Stout
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 box of puff pastry


  1. Place bacon in a large dutch oven and cook over medium-high heat.  When bacon is cooked through, set bacon aside on paper towels.
  2. In the same pan add beef and sprinkle with flour.  Cook beef until browned on all sides.  Set beef aside.  
  3. In same pan add the butter and onions.  Cook until soft for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add beef and bacon back into the pan with the onions, carrots, craisins, brown sugar, and Guinness Stout.
  5. Simmer on low-medium, covered for three hours.
  6. After the filling has simmered, preheat the oven to 400F.
  7. After defrosting the puff pastry, unroll on a lightly floured surface.  Using the ramekins as a template, cut out circles of pastry a little larger than the ramekins.
  8. Spoon filing into 6 (8 oz) ramekins.  Place pastry on top of filling and crimp the edges with the tines of a fork to seal.  Brush beaten egg on top and make a few venting holes.
  9. Bake at 400F for 25-35 minutes until the pastry is puffed and golden brown.
  10. Serve with tatties (potatoes) and Irish Soda Bread.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 Ramekin
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 692Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 239mgSodium: 372mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 52g

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Barbara Wallace

Wednesday 17th of March 2021

Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe. I made them foe my husband and I to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. It was a huge hit! Perfection! I did half the carrots and added a cup of diced potatoes and it was so yummy! Definitely will be making this on a regular basis! Lovely for ourselves or to serve company!


Wednesday 17th of March 2021

I'm so glad Barbara! I had fun making this and even more fun photographing it. The crust turns out so beautifully. Enjoy!

Trish Bozeman

Wednesday 30th of October 2019

What a trip of a lifetime you had! And love that this beef pie is topped with puff pastry. It makes it just that much easier. I'm terrible at making pie crust, LOL! Fantastic!


Wednesday 30th of October 2019

Puff pastry is the best!

Jenni LeBaron

Sunday 27th of October 2019

I love a good meat pie like this Irish Beef and Guinness Pie! This totally takes me back to my visit to Irland with all the delicious beef pies. Such a warm and comforting meal for this cold weather!


Saturday 26th of October 2019

This is one of my absolute favourite flavour combinations. Beer (and I love stouts), beef, veggies, and flaky pastry. Honestly, what's not to love? Pint of the black stuff to go with it, and you've got a perfect meal.


Saturday 26th of October 2019

I feel the same way Sean. I was really surprised at how easy this was to make too! Enjoy:)


Thursday 24th of October 2019

Oh my goodness. That pie crust. Flaky, golden perfection! I'm a huge fan of beef stews with stouts, and you can't go wrong with Guiness. This is right up my comfort food alley :)

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