Crockpot Irish Stew

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This hearty stew will FILL you up, save you time and be loved 

by the entire family…

What else could you ask for?!

Irish Crockpot Stew

Two days left until St. Patrick’s Day, and I have another EASY recipe for you to try out.  Crockpot Irish Stew!


I found a couple stews online for St. Patrick’s Day, involving potatoes and cabbage. I really wanted to make this stew last night and didn’t have those things on hand, so I decided to tweak a couple ingredients and came up with this beauty.


My pour veggie Darryl was left out of this dinner, but the girls and I LOVED it. I chopped up the veggies the night before, and then in the morning, dumped everything into the crockpot, and pushed GO! So very simple!


Hope you enjoy this yummy Crockpot Irish Stew !
XO Corey

Here is what you need (serves 6-8)

1.5-2 pounds stew beef, cubed
1 (14oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
2 cups carrot slices (cut into about 1/2inch pieces)
1 cups celery slices (cut into about 1/2inch pieces)
1 cup onion slices (cut into about 1/2inch pieces)
3/4 cup pearl barley (rinsed and drained)
5 cups beef broth
1 teaspoon salt
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon sage
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon pepper

1.Combine all ingredients in slow cooker.
2. Mix well.



3. Cover and cook over LOW heat for 7.5-8 hours. 

NOTE: At about 7.5 hours, I added a cup of water…it looked like it needed a little more liquid.

The kiddos really enjoyed this one. Little D called it the “best steak soup ever!!!” hehe I say this Crockpot Irish Stew is a winner!

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Corey, Darryl, Big D & Little D


4.9 from 7 reviews
Crockpot Irish Stew
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Serves: 6-8
  • 1.5-2 pounds stew beef, cubed
  • 1 (14oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups carrot slices (cut into about ½inch pieces)
  • 1 cups celery slices (cut into about ½inch pieces)
  • 1 cup onion slices (cut into about ½inch pieces)
  • ¾ cup pearl barley (rinsed and drained)
  • 5 cups beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon sage
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  1. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Cover and cook over LOW heat for 7.5-8 hours.
  4. NOTE: At about 7.5 hours, I added a cup of looked like it needed a little more liquid.

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  1. What, no Guinness? I’m going to sub tomato paster reconstituted with beer for the tomato sauce when I make this :) But it looks yummy your way too !

  2. Wonderful recipe and not just for St. Patrick’s Day!

  3. I’ve been meaning to track down a solid crockpot stew recipe! Will give this a go this weekend – thanks!

  4. this looks hearty filling and delicious! you have out done yourself again Chef Corey! :) <3 Thank you for linking at Successful Saturdays!

  5. hi, i was wondering if you could do this in a pressure cooker too, or if it would only work with the slow cooker. thanks!!

    • Alejandra, I have never tried it in a pressure cooker. However, I have used a pressure cooker to speed things up for other crockpot meals. If you try it, PLEASE let me know if the pressure cooker works out… because that would be amazing! XO

    • I’ll be giving this a try tomorrow in the pressure cooker. Wish me luck!!!! :o) I’ll report back, good or bad, haha. Thanks again for posting this recipe, it really does sound delish!!

  6. Made this tonight. It was delicious! Thanks tor sharing

  7. Do you think I could use lentils or rice in place of the barley? It looks so yummy, but I can’t have barley.

    • I have never made it with those… but lentils sound like they could be yummy. Farro would also work. Hope that helps! XO

  8. Stefanie says:

    The recipe says tomato sauce, but I see in the comments someone mentions paste… Does it make a difference? (Sorry, non-cooker over here.)

    • If you use paste, add about 1/2 or 1 cup of water. That will give you the same results as tomato sauce :)

      • Stefanie says:

        Thank you! Already did the prep work. Can’t wait to get it in the crockpot first thing in the am. Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

  9. I made this today and we just finished it. Wonderful! Thank you so much…everyone really enjoyed it! Hope you’re having a happy day! This week’s Homemaking Linkup is up and I would love to have you join, if you haven’t already.

    Mrs. Sarah Coller

  10. Made this yesterday for St. Patrick’s Day- It was fantastic!! My husband loved it and we will definitely be making it again!

  11. We LOVE this recipe! It is perfect served over a creamy polenta. Thanks for sharing….

  12. Thank you so much for this recipe, it was SOOO good! Can’t wait to have it tomorrow for lunch. Have frozen smaller portions for future lunches as well. My 8 year old barely eats anything and he even ate some – win!

  13. I’ve made this one a couple of times and it is delicious! Great recipe… I’ve got it in the crockpot again today!

  14. Brooklyn Duke says:

    I’m gluten intolerant and can’t eat pearl barley. Are there any replacements you can recommend or can it be excluded altogether?

    • I think small gluten free noodles would be a great replacement :) I would cool them separate and just add in the last 15 minutes of cooking

  15. could you substitute quinoa for the barley in this recipe?

  16. I just made this tonight for family and a visitor. Absolutely delicious! Thank you!

  17. This was absolutely perfect for this chilly Michigan day! The whole family loved it and it was SO EASY to throw together! Thanks for the great recipe!

  18. So I made this a couple weeks ago and loved it! Ate the leftovers everyday for lunch until it was gone and loved every bite! I was wondering if this stew freezes well. I’m about to pop any day now with baby #2 and would love to have it in the freezer ready to eat whenever baby comes. I know some things don’t always taste or come out so well after being frozen.

  19. with the pearl barley, do I cook as directed on the barley then throw in the pot, or justo their de and drain and throw it in the pot?
    Thank you!
    Non-cooker ;)

  20. Has anyone tried to freeze this? I’m making it today – So excited!

  21. This was amazing. I think we were all fighting over who got the last bowl.

  22. I’m thinking about making this for a St. Patrick’s church dinner. How many bowls does this recipe make?

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