Vegan Irish Stew

This vegan Irish stew is just the right St. Patrick’s day dinner for your plant-based family. It’s made with Guinness and uses deliciously cooked seitan instead of beef or lamb meat.

Irish stew is one of the quintessential Irish foods. So, what makes an Irish stew Irish?

Traditionally, it has been made with lamb or mutton, and potatoes. The meats were stewed in cauldrons over an open fire for many hours until they became tender.

In my vegan Irish stew, the meat has been replaced with vital wheat gluten, which is a flour made from the protein part of the wheat plant.

What Is That Stew Meat?

The way I make my vegan stew meat is I mix the gluten with a few other things such as black beans, tofu, and seasonings.

After kneading and pressure cooking, I tear and cut it into bite-sized pieces and then dry it out in the oven.

When I’m ready to use it in a recipe, I simply add it into the sauce of what I’m cooking and it rehydrates with the perfect meat-like texture.

You can check out my vegan stew meat recipe here – it makes a large batch of stew meat. This recipe uses about a third of it.

Other Ingredients In Vegan Irish Stew

There’s also Guinness beer in my vegan Irish stew because… why not? Guinness has confirmed that their beer is not made with animal derived ingredients.

Just to put my little twist on the stew, I also included one small beet in the recipe. I have actually never eaten lamb or mutton before (or if I did, I don’t remember it), and I don’t plan to try it anytime soon.

But I did read up on what makes lamb/mutton taste different from beef. Apparently there’s a certain type of fatty acid present in it that humans can detect at very small levels.

One article I read described it as having an “earthy” taste, which is why I decided to include beets here.

I love the earthy taste of beets and the red color they impart in soups and stews, and I think they went great in the Irish stew. If you’re not a beet person, you can just leave them out!

Looking for the perfect St. Patrick’s day dessert? You’ve got to try my vegan Shamrock Shake!

Vegan Irish Stew recipe

Vegan Irish Stew

A vegan twist on the Irish classic, this meatless Irish stew goes well with a few slices of crusty bread.
Course: Vegan Holiday Recipes
Cuisine: American, European
Author: Shannon Hakala


  • 2 cups vegan stew meat
  • 1 tsp white miso
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable butter
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 tsp dry parsley
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp bouillon
  • 2 cups carrots chopped
  • 2 cups potatoes chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup Guinness
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • pepper to taste


  • Add stew meat, miso, veggie butter, sugar, water, and onion to the Instant Pot and sauté until unions are clear.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot, seal the lid, and pressure cook for 10 minutes.
  • Do a quick release. For a thicker stew, see notes below.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Additional Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins


  • For a thicker stew, add 1 Tbsp vegan butter and 1 Tbsp flour to a pan and whisk over heat until slightly browned. Slowly add 1 cup of the stew broth until combined. Mix this gravy into the stew.
  • To make this on the stove, bring stew to a boil in step 2, lower the heat, and simmer for 30-40 minutes.
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