15 Best Guinness Recipes

Add the Bold Taste of This Dark Beer to Your Food

Irish Stew and Guinness
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Guinness is a great beer to drink at the pub, but it's also a fantastic ingredient to cook with. Known as "The Black Stuff," Guinness Stout is a very dark beer with an unmistakable taste. When that rich, roasted wheat flavor is added to food, it lends a new dimension to the dish.

As you might suspect, Guinness is a favorite ingredient in many Irish dishes. It's also a perfect pairing for chocolate and is used in many delicious dessert recipes. Better yet, many of these don't require a full bottle. Go ahead and drink the excess while you cook, we won't tell!

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    Beef and Guinness Pie

    Beef and Guinness Pie
    Elaine Lemm

    The signature food recipe for Guinness is an Irish favorite and it does not get more authentic than a classic beef and Guinness pie. This savory dish is filled with beef and vegetables and the beer brings all the flavors together, giving it a nice richness.

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    Beef and Guinness Stew

    Guinness Beef Stew
    Diana Rattray

    Only a hearty stew can rival that pie and the bold flavor of Guinness is the secret ingredient to this easy recipe. Beef, bacon, potatoes, and carrots pack the soup and the beer gives it a great warmth, making it perfect for a cold day.

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    Guinness Beer Brats

    Bratwurst with Sauerkraut and Pretzel
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    Beer brats are great and you can choose any beer you like. Yet, as with many beer food recipes, Guinness is one of your best options because of its dark, robust flavor. Making beer brats at home is incredibly easy and there is no great mystery to it. You're simply going to finish cooking your brats in a beer reduction.

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    Guinness Marinade

    Guinness Marinade
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    A good, all-around marinade with a Guinness base can be very useful in the kitchen or on the grill. This flavorful mix celebrates the quality of the stout, backing it up with garlic, onion, shallot, Dijon mustard, and fresh herbs. It's great on steak, chicken, pork, and any of your favorite vegetables.

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    Cheddar and Beer Fondue

    Cheddar and Beer Fondue
    Diana Rattray

    Cheese dip with beer is a favorite party appetizer and it's incredibly easy to make. This cheddar fondue recipe can be used with most any beer style, though you'll thoroughly enjoy it with Guinness' thick caramel flavor. The melted cheese can also be used to create a plate of Irish nachos, another fun dish for any party.

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    Guinness Soda Bread

    Guinness Bread
    Elaine Lemm

    Soda bread meets Guinness for the ultimate Irish recipe. It's rather simple but takes the average soda bread recipe to a new level of interesting. The brown sugar, molasses, and beer give it a deep, dark flavor that is unforgettable and, since it's a quick bread, there's no need for yeast.

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    Guinness and Cheddar Biscuits

    Guinness and Cheddar Biscuits
    Diana Rattray

    Cheddar biscuits are a perfect complement to almost any meal and they're even better with a little Guinness. The deep stout flavor really plays well off the cheddar and lighter bread. Best of all, these easy biscuits can be prepared and baked in less than 30 minutes.

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    Guinness Rarebit

    Welsh Rarebit With Guinness Stout
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    A classic Irish dish, rarebit is a simple recipe that is filled with robust flavors. Essentially, it's toast topped with melted cheese, but it's so much more than that. The cheddar is mixed with mustard, Worcestershire sauce, egg, and Guinness and the result is as tasty as it sounds.

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    Guinness Jelly

    Homemade Guinness Jelly
    Sean Timberlake

    Have you thought about preserving Guinness? If you've tried wine jellies, the next logical step is beer jelly and this stout is the perfect brew for the job. It's as easy as any other canning recipe and surprisingly useful. You'll find it a delight with cheeses and as a glaze for meats.

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    Guinness Brownies

    Guinness Brownies
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    A fascinating thing happens when Guinness and chocolate meet. The beer's natural chocolate notes intensify the chocolate flavor. That makes this brownie recipe the ultimate indulgence for any chocoholic. There's little difference from other recipes, so it's just as easy, the beer simply brings the flavor up a notch.

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    Guinness Black and White Chocolate Mousse

    Guinness Black and White Chocolate Mousse
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    How perfect is the Guinness and chocolate pairing? One taste of this black and white mousse and you will understand just how marvelous they are together. In this recipe, the beer is added to the semisweet chocolate layer, which is then topped with a white chocolate mousse. The result is a tempting, creamy dessert that's fabulous after any meal.

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    Chocolate-Orange Guinness Cake

    Chocolate-Orange Guinness Cake
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    We are definitely not done with chocolate desserts. In this luscious cake recipe, we introduce orange into the mix. It's a flavor that complements both chocolate and Guinness, so it's a natural fit. The cake itself is double-layered and is topped with a rich buttery frosting that melts in your mouth.

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    Guinness Truffles

    Guinness Truffles
    Elizabeth LaBau

    An ideal nibble for any beer lover, these Guinness truffles are a lot of fun to eat and rather easy to make. Guinness and chocolate fill the little treats and the chocolate candy coating traps them inside. These truffles are perfect with something salty like crushed pretzels sprinkled on top. 

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    Wickedly Creamy Guinness Ice Cream

    Wickedly Creamy Guinness Ice Cream
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    Guinness-flavored ice cream may not be what you expect. It's actually hard to distinguish the beer's flavor, but that doesn't mean this is a boring homemade ice cream. If you do want more Guinness flavor, use this ice cream to create the ultimate ice cream beer float.

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    Guinness & Green Jelly Shot

    Guinness & Green Jell-O Shots
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    A tasty treat that is reserved for adults, Guinness makes an excellent addition to spiked gelatin. In the Guinness & Green jello shots, the stout is combined with Irish whiskey for the bottom layer. The top is Irish cream and green food coloring. The taste is surprisingly neutral but distinctly Irish and these are a lot of fun.