Beef, Prune & Guinness Stew

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Prep Time: 150 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 60 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


Enjoy this intense beef and guinness stew. Yes, it is possible to make a delicious beef stew. Add prunes for sweetness. Simmer until ready and enjoy hot! Serve with a side of potato mash for extra flavour.



  • 50g (2oz) flour
  • 1kg (2 lb) braising/stewing steak, cut into 2.5cm (1 inch) cubes
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 300ml (10 fl oz) Guinness
  • 500ml (2 cups) beef stock
  • 250ml (1 cup) water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 125g (4 oz) pitted prunes
  • salt and pepper


  1. Season the flour with salt and pepper and toss the meat in the flour. Heat the oil in a large saucepan or casserole. Add the beef cubes and fry until browned all over. Add the onion and cook for a few minutes, then stir in any remaining flour.
  2. Add the Guinness, stock and water, stirring well to combine. Bring to the boil, add the bay leaf, cover and simmer gently for 2-2½ hours until the meat is tender. Alternative, cook in a preheated oven, 160°C (325°F), Gas Mark 3, for the same length of time. Half and hour before the end of the cooking time, add the prunes.
  3. Remove the bay leaf, taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.


  • Serve with rice, mash or baked potatoes.
  • If you’re not a fan of prunes or pairing fruit and meat, feel free to omit the prunes. If you prefer, you can add a few carrots instead.
  • About 8 shallots can be substituted for the large onion.


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 349
  • Sugar: 8.2 g
  • Sodium: 251 mg
  • Fat: 10.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 23.1 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 37.4 g