Try Our Vegetarian Irish Stew Recipe: A Delicious Meat-Free Alternative Approach!

When we first learned about vegetarian Irish stew, we weren't sure we really wanted to try it.  We do so love the beef and lamb-based versions!

However, today more people are trying to eat less meat. And this vegetarian version of traditional Irish stew is - frankly - delicious. 

Give it a try and let us know what you think!


Irish Expressions - Vegetarian Irish Stew

Vegetarian Irish Stew:  Ingredients

There's a bunch of 'em, but don't skimp on the ingredients, you'll understand why when you taste the finished product!

  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 6 cups of potatoes cut into small chunks
  • 3 cups of sliced carrots
  • 1 celery stalk coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of thyme
  • 1 tablespoon of parsley
  • 2 cups of stewed tomatoes
  • 2 cups of Guinness stout (or to taste)
  • 2 cups of chickpeas
  • 1 1/2 cups dry northern white beans
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup of barley
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper

Vegetarian Irish Stew:  Preparation

  1. Place all the liquids into a large stock pot and bring them to a boil.
  2. Then add the onions, barley, salt, black pepper, thyme, parsley, and dry northern beans. Cook this for about 30 minutes on medium heat.
  3. Add the potatoes and carrots next and could about 10 minutes before adding all the other ingredients.
  4. Simmer for about 30 to 45 more minutes until all the vegetables and cooked to the desired consistency.

Serving Suggestions

This vegetarian Irish stew recipe is ideal served with a thick slice of Irish Soda Bread. This bread lends its own unique flavor and texture to the meal.

You can of course, serve any other type of bread, as well, but Irish Soda Bread carries the Irish theme through the meal.

In addition, serve a glass of Guinness stout with the stew.

Optional Ingredients

Here are a few ideas to spice up the basic recipe!

  • Rosemary and bay leaf could also be used as flavorings for the stew. 
  • Add other root vegetables along with the potatoes. Turnips or sweet potatoes would be interesting choices. 
  • Butternut squash is another hearty vegetable that would go great with the flavors in this stew. 
  • Chop cabbage and add chunks of it to the stew to add another dimension of flavor to the mix of vegetables.
  • 10 or 15 pearl onions are an ideal replacement for the 1 medium chopped onion.
  • Other dried beans or lentils can replace the northern white beans.
  • Chopped tempeh bacon is a nice addition to add a smoky flavor. 
  • This stew could be cooked in a Crockpot for about 6 hours on low. Go off to work, with the knowledge your supper will be ready for you, when you return home.

Serving Ideas

Stews are great on cool evenings or for special occasions.

Make a big pot of this vegetarian Irish stew recipe, when you are feeding your family, entertaining your friends, or having a celebration.

This is even ideal for celebrating Saint Patrick's Day! It is so tasty, you will not even miss the meat, if you are a meat lover.

It is nice to know that this stew is hearty enough to replace the traditional meat version, when someone desires an all-vegetable stew.

Whether you serve it alone or with some type of bread, this stew makes a filling meal.

Hungry for More?

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The flavors of an Irish meal, and the stories that come along with many Irish recipes, gives us a sense of connection with the Emerald Isle.


Delicious!  Where Can I Find More?

You've heard us say it before - one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to live your Irish side is to serve Irish food.  And guess what?

We have many, many more Irish recipes for you to explore in our section on Irish food recipes

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