If you have 8 hrs. to spend here is a good way to do it.

1/4 cup olive oil
2 lb beef stew meat cut into 1-inch pieces (NOT extra lean)
6 cloves garlic, minced
5-6 cups beef broth or beef stock
1 cup Guinness beer
1 cup red wine ( cabernet sauvignon)
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp white sugar
1 tbsp dried thyme
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3 fresh bay leaves or 2 dried
2 tbsp salted butter
4 Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 large white onion, chopped
2 cups 1/2 inch peeled carrots
salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley to top


Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, brown the beef pieces. Make sure not to overcrowd the skillet (or the meat wonít brown) and donít stir while browning. Use tongs to flip pieces over. Continue to cook until all of the pieces are lightly browned on each side. It doesnít matter that they arenít cooked all the way through. Set beef aside.

In skillet, add 2 more tbsp of olive oil and the garlic. Saute 1 minute. Add onion and cook until translucent.

Add browned beef pieces, garlic, onions, carrots, potatoes, beef broth, Guinness, wine, and spices, to crock pot. Set crock pot on low for 8-9 hours, or high for 5-6 hours. Serve in bowls with some crusty bread or beer bread.