Carbonnade Beef and Beer Stew is a traditional Belgian dish known for its rich, deep flavors. This hearty stew combines tender beef, caramelized onions, and a delicious beer-infused broth, making it perfect for a comforting dinner.


  • 2 lbs beef chuck, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 oz Belgian-style beer (like a dark Trappist or Abbey ale)
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped for garnish
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard


  1. Season the beef cubes with salt and pepper and toss them with the flour to coat evenly.
  2. In a large pot or Dutch oven, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium-high heat. Brown the beef in batches to avoid overcrowding, ensuring a good sear on all sides. Remove the beef and set it aside.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter to the pot. Add the sliced onions and cook, stirring frequently, until they are caramelized, about 15 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  4. Pour the beer into the pot, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom. Add the brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, bay leaves, thyme, and mustard (if using). Stir well.
  5. Return the beef to the pot and add the beef broth. Bring to a simmer.
  6. Cover the pot and simmer gently for about 1.5 to 2 hours, or until the beef is very tender.
  7. Remove the bay leaves and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper.
  8. Serve the Carbonnade Beef and Beer Stew hot, garnished with fresh parsley. It pairs well with mashed potatoes or crusty bread.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 450-500
  • Fat: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Protein: 35g

Prep and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 2 hours


  • Serves: 6

Carbonnade Beef and Beer Stew is a delightful blend of savory and slightly sweet flavors, with the beer adding a unique depth that sets this dish apart. It’s a cozy and satisfying meal that’s perfect for a chilly evening or when you’re in the mood for something hearty and comforting.

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