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Vegan Irish Stew

This savory Vegan Irish Stew can be cooked on the stovetop, in a kettle, or in a slow cooker. The Guinness helps to add a deep flavor to the gravy and the richness, which really is vegan-friendly and packed with sweet, tender, chunky vegetables. Immediately start with the leafy greens, and then add a few more vegetarian “food” or tofu to make it more appealing and delectable! This Vegan Irish Stew recipe is the exemplar of comfort food. This vegan stew recipe includes raw vegetables, optional sautéed vegan “meat” or mushrooms, and a thick, super-rich, and flavorful gravy made with Guinness beer.


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Seitan. This vegan protein requires very little seasoning. You can use your hands to roughly separate the seitan into beef-like pieces, or you can use a knife to cut the seitan into smaller cubes or pieces.

Mushrooms. In a Guinness stew, adding a mixture of mushrooms is an excellent way to replace the meat. They have a meaty texture and a delicious flavor that will complement your meal.

Quorn. This brand has a variety of products that can be used to make traditional dishes vegetarian or vegan.

Tofu. This could be the simplest option to locate. We use tofu a lot at home because it’s one of our favorite plant-based proteins. Simply cut it into small pieces and toss it into the pot with the rest of the ingredients. For this recipe, make sure to use firm tofu.

When Serving

Warm leftovers and serve with kale soda bread and plenty of salt and pepper, or reheat leftovers. You can always double the recipe to feed a crowd or have extra leftovers! Leftovers will keep well in the freezer.

Reheating, Storing, and Freezing

Excess veggie Irish stew can be preserved in an airtight container for up to 5 days. It also thaws well for up to 3 months; merely keep in mind that potatoes can become a little floury after being frozen, reheated, and defrosted.  Defrost in the refrigerator overnight, then reheat in a pot on the stove or in the cooking pan for a few minutes. A splash or two of soup or beer can be added to help thin it out if necessary.


Frequently Asked Questions about Irish Stew

What else could I Substitute for Guinness?

  • Brown ale or red wine will suffice if you don’t have Guinness or another dark stout on hand. If you don’t use alcohol in your cooking, substitute more stock for the beer, but make sure it’s a good, flavorful stock.

Is it possible to make this gluten-free?

  • Use your favorite gluten-free and vegan beer, cornstarch instead of flour, gluten-free soy sauce or Tamari, and mushrooms instead of beefless tips/seitan if you’re gluten-free.

Is Guinness a vegan drink?

  • Since 2018, Guinness has been vegan-friendly in a draught, bottle, and canned form.

Is it okay to serve this stew to a child with Guinness in it?

  • Yes, once again. The alcohol cooks out, leaving only the stout’s complexity, which adds a lot of flavors. So go ahead and eat without fear.


Try Our Vegan Irish Stew Recipe:

Vegan Irish Stew

Vegan Irish Stew

With a rich Guinness broth, this savory hearty vegan Irish stew is full of homemade seitan, potatoes, and carrots. It's simple to make and tastes great with a side of soda bread.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Irish Cuisine
Servings 6 Yields
Calories 1701 kcal




  • 1-2 oz vital wheat gluten
  • 2 oz chickpea flour
  • 2 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 4 oz vegetable broth
  • soy sauce to taste
  • olive oil
  • 1 tbsp liquid smoke optional
  • 3 tsp olive oil divided
  • 1 large yellow onion chopped
  • 4-5 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 tsp flour
  • 16 oz vegetable broth ideally beef-less broth
  • 2 oz Guinness stout bottle
  • 4-5 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried
  • 5-6 large carrots 1-inch dice
  • 6 waxy potatoes red or yellow, 1-inch dice
  • 2-3 oz tomato paste
  • Worcestershire sauce vegan, to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • kosher salt to taste



  • To make the seitan, combine the dry ingredients first, then add the wet.
  • Press for a few minutes until everything is well combined, then cover and set aside for 10-15 minutes.
  • Serve with 1 tbsp of oil and salt and pepper, formed into a disc and cut into chunks.
  • Fry the seitan chunks in a large cast-iron skillet for 5 minutes, or until they are lightly browned. Set them aside.
  • Cook the onions with a pinch of salt until they are lightly browned, for 10-15 minutes.
  • Cook for about 60 seconds after adding the garlic and bay leaves.
  • Stir in the flour to coat the seitan, then add the potatoes, carrots, Guinness, broth, thyme, tomato paste, and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Simmer until the vegetables are tender and the seitan is cooked.
  • Remove the bay leaves and thyme sprigs, season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve!


  • Vegan beef chunks, which are often available frozen, can be substituted for homemade seitan. Continue with the recipe after sautéing separately.
  • Serve this stew with kale soda bread on the side.
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