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Easy Irish Recipes

Simply Traditional Irish Stew

Traditional Irish recipes are generally pretty simple with just a few ingredients in some cases. I jazzed this Irish stew recipe up with bay leaves but other than that, I kept it simple to pay homage to the less affluent past from which it originated. Feel free to add other herbs, spices or vegetables to suit your taste but as is, this recipe tastes great.

(Printable PDF Version with pictures)


  • 2 large onions
  • 6 carrots
  • 1-2 lbs beef or lamb, cut into chunks
  • 8 large potatoes
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 3 tbs vegetable or beef base– low sodium
  • Salt and pepper to taste


1. Wash and cut all vegetables into bite size pieces.

2. Add potatoes, meat and 3 quarts water to a large pot.

3. Bring to a boil. Add carrots, onions, vegetable or beef base, bay leaves and salt/pepper to taste.

4. Boil on low for 40 minutes or until meat is fully cooked and potatoes are soft.

5. Serve hot with a side of Irish Soda Bread.

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Check out this green smoothie recipe for a complete Emerald Isle experience!


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