Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Stew will have you coming back for seconds even if it's not St. Patrick's Day. The stew is hearty, savory and a little sweet with a secret ingredient you might not guess.
To a 6 or 8 quart slow cooker set on low heat, add the sliced onions and carrots.
In a large, non-stick skillet, heat the butter over medium heat until melted. Add the beef and cook until starting to brown, about 5 minutes.
Sprinkle the flour, salt, thyme and pepper over the beef and stir until coated.
Pour in the Guinness and bring to a strong simmer. Add the beef consommé, brown sugar and chocolate and allow to simmer for a few minutes until the sauce is thickening.
Pour the beef mixture into the slow cooker. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on low heat for 6 to 8 hours. Serve the stew with mashed potatoes and peas.