In the Emerald Isle, a rich, savory Guinness stew—made with vegetables, beer, beef, and mashed potatoes—is common pub food. I’ve been to Ireland, and I like a Guinness beer every now and again. So, I funneled that Irish inspiration into a completely plant-based (vegan) version of Irish Guinness Stew, featuring tempeh and loads of veggies. It’s an easy, one-dish meal—perfect as a St. Patrick’s day recipe or any day of the year—that is pure comfort food bliss. All you have to do to make this Vegan Guinness Stew is to create a thick vegetable stew with carrots, onions, celery, peas, and tempeh—with a tomato and Guinness beer broth. Place the stew in the bottom of a baking or casserole dish. Then mash up some potatoes quickly to “frost” the top of the stew. Pop it into the oven to get all golden brown and melty, and you have a fabulous one-dish meal on the table in no time.
Just pair this Vegan Guinness Stew dish with a cabbage salad and you’re set to go for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, or a simple one-dish meal any night of the week. As an alternative, you can make individual small “pies” of this stew by dividing the stew and mashed potatoes among four oven-proof soup bowls or soufflé dishes. This is an absolute favorite dish in my household. My boys adore it, as they did on their first trip to Ireland years ago. If you’d like to change up the ingredients a bit, you can try heirloom carrots in yellow or purple for an added bit of color, and zucchini or broccoli instead of the peas.
I use tempeh in this recipe, as it is a fabulous plant-based protein made from fermented soy and grain—it’s super easy to just dice and throw into casseroles, such as this dish. You can find it at most supermarkets. If you want to skip tempeh, you can simply replace it with diced tofu or one canned of beans, such as chickpeas, kidneys, or white beans.
Follow along with the step-by-step directions for making this Vegan Guinness Stew recipe below.
Watch me make this recipe in my Instagram TV Plant-Based Cooking Show here.
This plant-based pub food is a vegan take on the classic Guinness Stew served in Ireland. Filled with a tempeh, vegetable, Guinness beer stew, and topped with mashed potatoes, this Vegan Guinness Stew is the perfect one-dish meal for St. Patty’s Day or an easy weeknight dinner any time of the year!
*While Guinness doesn’t contain animal products in the ingredient list, some (from Dublin) may use isinglass (made from fish products), which may be used in the clarification process of the product. However, Guinness Extra Stout brewed and bottled in North America does not use isinglass. Read these articles from Huffpost and Chicago Tribune for more information.
To make this recipe gluten-free use gluten-free tempeh, gluten-free dark beer, and cornstarch instead of flour.
Keywords: beer, stew, Guinness stew, St. Patrick’s Day
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