Irish Beef Stew with Colcannon

Irish Beef Stew with Colcannon Recipe

Irish Beef Stew with Colcannon Recipe. This Irish-inspired dinner is a perfect choice for St. Patrick’s Day or any day you’re craving some comfort food.

It’s a heartwarming combo of rich beef stew and smooth colcannon, featuring straightforward ingredients that pack a punch of flavor.

The stew is loaded with beef, onions, carrots, and a splash of beer for depth, seasoned with a mix of herbs and spices.

The colcannon, a traditional Irish side, blends creamy mashed potatoes with cabbage and crispy bacon, enriched with a touch of milk and butter. It’s the kind of meal that brings everyone to the table, offering a taste of Ireland right in your kitchen.

Ideal for a hearty dinner, this dish is simple, satisfying, and sure to be a hit, especially when you’re looking to capture the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day with authentic comfort food.

Traditional Irish beef stew atop creamy mashed potatoes, with fresh herbs on top, a slice of lemon to the side, and brown bread arranged on a white plate.

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A plate of Irish stew served on a bed of mashed potatoes garnished with dill, accompanied by a lemon wedge and slices of brown bread.

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Traditional Irish beef stew atop creamy mashed potatoes, with fresh herbs on top, a slice of lemon to the side, and brown bread arranged on a white plate.

Irish Beef Stew with Colcannon

Nesting Lane Indulge
Beef Stew with Colcannon Recipe. Indulge in an Irish classic dinner, perfect for St. Patrick's Day or any cozy dinner.
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Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine Irish
Servings 8


Irish Stew:


  • 3 slices bacon
  • 2 pounds russet potatoes peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 cups cabbage thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup warm milk
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon fresh parsley minced


  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

For the Stew:

  • In a large Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat until it's very hot.
  • Brown the beef in two batches, cooking and stirring until it's nicely browned.
  • Put all the beef back into the Dutch oven, sprinkle with flour, and stir gently to coat the meat.
  • Add beer, onion, carrot, bay leaves, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper to the pot and stir.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then cover the Dutch oven.
  • Place the covered Dutch oven in the preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes.
  • Uncover, stir the stew, and continue baking until the beef is tender and the liquid is reduced by half, about 45 more minutes.

For the Colcannon:

  • Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until evenly browned, about 10 minutes.
  • Drain the bacon on a paper towel-lined plate, then crumble it and set it aside.
  • Sauté the cabbage in the bacon grease, then set it aside.
  • About 30 minutes before the stew is done, put the potatoes in a large pot and cover them with salted water.
  • Bring the water to a boil, then lower the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
  • Drain the potatoes and let them steam dry for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl, add warm milk, butter, salt, and pepper.
  • Beat with an electric mixer until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  • Stir in the sautéed cabbage, crumbled bacon, and parsley until everything is well mixed.

To Serve:

  • coop some colcannon onto a plate, make a hollow in the center, and fill it with beef stew.


Calories: 453kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 25gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 89mgSodium: 651mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 66mgIron: 4mg
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