Slow Cooker Beef And Ale Stew

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How to cook the most delicious slow cooker beef and ale stew. This pub classic has been updated for the slow cooker and features the most amazing Yorkshire ale.

You will love how easy it is to make this beef and ale slow cooker recipe which is served with creamy mashed potatoes.

Slow Cooker Beef and Ale Stew
Slow Cooker Beef and Ale Stew

Steak And Ale Stew

Growing up in Yorkshire, England, there is always steak and ale stew on every pub menu and in many restaurants too. It was one of my grandad’s favourite comfort foods and now it still feels like it hasn’t gone out of fashion.

We were at a food show at a beautiful castle in Yorkshire and there were some amazing food stalls.

The one that caught my attention was the one selling Yorkshire Pudding Ale. Yes, the same mixture that goes into your air fryer Yorkshire puddings, has been made into an ale. I bought some Yorkshire Pud Ale out of interest and put it in a cupboard and forgot about it.

Then a few months later, remembered about the Yorkshire Pud Ale and decided to try it out with our slow cooker steak and ale stew. Opened one, did a taste test and thought, this tastes better than Guinness and better give it a go.

This steak and ale stew recipe was the result and a reminder that you can use any ale that you can have in to make a delicious beef stew with.

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Can You Put Ale In Beef Stew?

Yes, you can put ale in beef stew, and it is delicious. In our slow cooker irish stew we always use Guinness and it impresses us every time we make it.

There is something about putting ale in a beef stew, that gets you excited about eating it. And you can use any ale that you have in. Perfect for moments like the one we had, when we forgot about some previous ale that we had bought.

Is Beef Stew Better With Beer Or Wine?

This is debatable, isn’t it? You have slow cooked beef in ale, which is amazing, then you also have slow cooker beef bourguignon which everyone adores.

One if cooked in beer and one is cooked in red wine.

Both are impressive.

Then you also have slow cooker recipes made with fizzy drinks such as slow cooker gammon fanta or slow cooker gammon in cola.

In our opinion, they are all fantastic, and one is not better than the other.

What Ale Is Best For Stew?

We recommend ANY quality ale in your stew. That could be the Yorkshire ale we are using today or a more universal brand like Guinness.

Drinking different ales, they are very similar tasting and will give a very similar flavour to your beef ale stew.

Why Do You Brown Beef Before Putting In Stew?

The idea behind browning beef before slow cooking it for stew, is that it adds flavour to the beef. It also flavours your slow cooker and then will add more flavour to your beef stew.

Some people skip this step and that is okay too, its whatever works best for you.

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Beef And Ale Stew Slow Cooker Ingredients

Beef And Ale Stew Slow Cooker Ingredients

Beef – Let’s start with plenty of diced beef. The beef is what makes it taste so good and you want to add plenty. Especially if you want leftovers. We normally get our diced beef from the butchers and then separate into portions for the freezer and defrost when making beef and ale.

Ale – For beef and ale stew its all about the ale. We recommend a good quality ale as this will make all the difference to the taste of the stew. We used Yorkshire pudding ale, but any good ones will do.

Veggies. For this beef and ale stew recipe we have plenty of veggies. We have added carrots, celery, and onion. You can also make it stretch further by adding in some frozen peas.

Extras – As well as this we used garlic puree, tomato puree, Worcestershire sauce and thyme, bouquet garni, parsley and salt and pepper for seasonings.

Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this recipe for beef in ale stew it has just been our Ninja Foodi. We have this one and its wonderful for many types of slow cooker recipes and also great for easy old fashioned dinners.

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How To Slow Cook Beef And Ale Stew?

  • Brown. Start by browning the beef with some extra virgin olive oil. Then do this until the meat is browned on all sides.
  • Pour. Then stir the seasonings into the beef before pouring in the ale.
  • Dump. Peel and dice and dump into the slow cooker the celery, onion and carrots. Stir in everything else.
  • Cook. Then slow cook the beef and ale stew recipe for 4 hours on high or 7 hours on low.
  • Finish. When the slow cooker is done, portion up and then serve with mashed potatoes.

And I am sure you can see now how simple and easy this recipe for slow cooker beef in ale and this is why you should be doing the same.

Beef And Ale Stew With Potatoes

Its personal choice what to serve with your beef and ale stew with. Today, we have decided to opt for beef and ale stew with creamy mashed potatoes. Its our Ninja Foodi mashed potatoes recipe and we love it!

But if you are more traditional, then do go with dumplings and you can make dumplings to go with your stew, and I have a few options:

Or if you have an instant pot try our instant pot beef stew and dumplings.

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Slow Cooker Beef And Ale Stew

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Slow Cooker Beef And Ale Stew

How to cook the most delicious slow cooker beef and ale stew. This pub classic has been updated for the slow cooker and features the most amazing Yorkshire ale.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Slow Cooker
Servings: 4
Calories: 443kcal


Kitchen Gadgets


  • Put the Ninja Foodi on sauté and add the oil and the beef. Sauté for about 5 minutes or until the beef is browned on all sides.
    How To Slow Cook Beef And Ale Stew?
  • Add all the seasonings and then the 2 cans of ale and then stir. Cancel the sauté.
    How To Slow Cook Beef And Ale Stew?
  • Peel and dice the onion and carrot and clean and slice the celery.
    How To Slow Cook Beef And Ale Stew?
  • Add the veggies and all the other ingredients into the slow cooker, stir and then place the lid down. Slow cook for 4 hours on high or 7 hours on low.
    How To Slow Cook Beef And Ale Stew?
  • Stir the slow cooked steak and ale stew and add some peas if you want to feed more people.
    How To Slow Cook Beef And Ale Stew?
  • Then serve with mashed potatoes.
    How To Slow Cook Beef And Ale Stew?


Bacon. If you would like to add bacon, then you can do so when you add the beef to the slow cooker.
Thanks for reading our beef and ale slow cooker recipe on Recipe This. We have many more slow cooker recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like more slow cooker dinners, do check out our slow cooker whole chicken and potatoes recipe next.


Calories: 443kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 281mg | Potassium: 1234mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 10691IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 187mg | Iron: 10mg
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1 thought on “Slow Cooker Beef And Ale Stew”

  1. 5 stars
    Nice stew and was really thick which is just how i liked it, so tasty will make again and my hubby asked where was his dumplings LOL


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