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Irish ‘Lamb’ Stew [Vegan]

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For this Irish Lamb Stew made without lamb (honestly, wouldn’t you rather just cuddle one?), I used TVP chunks or soy nuggets which I browned first, just as you would brown meat, to add deep and rich flavor. Browning the TVP first makes the nuggets chewier, giving them a very meat-like texture that’s often hard to replicate in vegan substitutes.

The TVP also gives the stew a big protein boost, making it pretty much a meal in itself with all the veggies in there like potatoes and carrots and mushrooms. You can serve it with some crusty bread or some rice or, in true Irish style, with a side of potatoes and cabbage.

Irish Lamb Stew

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  • 1 cup TVP chunks or soy chunks
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour (you can use whole wheat or even a gluten-free flour like rice flour)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups button or crimini mushrooms, halved or quartered if large
  • 3 sticks celery, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into rounds about ⅙ of an inch thick
  • 3 potatoes, cut in a chunky dice
  • ½ bottle of beer (use a Guinness for more authenticity. If you don’t want to add beer, use wine, or just leave it out)
  • 3 to 5 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme, minced (substitute with 1 tsp dry)
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, minced (substitute with 1 tsp dry)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil


  1. Soak the TVP or soy chunks in hot water for 30 minutes. Drain.
  2. Mix the flour with some salt and pepper and dredge the TVP chunks in the flour. Shake off any excess flour.
  3. Heat all but 1 tsp of the vegetable oil in a dutch oven or a large, heavy-bottomed pot.
  4. Place the TVP chunks in the dutch oven in a single layer, being careful not to crowd them. Brown the chunks on all sides over medium heat.
  5. Remove to a dish lined with a paper towel and set aside. Also reserve any flour remaining from dredging the TVP because we’ll use that to thicken the sauce.
  6. Add the remaining teaspoon of oil to the dutch oven and add the onions and garlic. Season with some salt and pepper. Saute, stirring frequently, over medium heat until the onions are softened and translucent, about three to four minutes.
  7. Add the thyme, rosemary, carrots, mushrooms, potatoes and celery and saute until the vegetables are all well mixed together.
  8. Add the remaining flour and stir well to mix, about two minutes.
  9. Add the beer and 4 cups of the vegetable stock along with the reserved TVP chunks.
  10. Bring to a boil, turn the heat to a simmer, cover with a lid, and cook for 30 minutes or until the vegetables are all tender and the flavors have melded together. Add more stock or water if the stew looks too dry. I made my stew rather thick because that’s how we like it, but you can definitely make it soupier.
  11. Add salt and ground black pepper to taste.
  12. Serve hot. Stew always tastes best when it has had some time to stand and the flavors have mixed together, so this is a great dish to make the day before you want to serve it.
  13. Enjoy!




Vaishali Honawar is a former journalist and the blogger behind Holy Cow! Vegan where she veganizes popular Indian recipes and dishes up food for thought. Vaishali was born in India and now lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband, two dogs, and two cats. She is a foster volunteer for the city’s animal shelter and she must be doing something right because one of her foster dogs, Freddie, adopted her for a good six years.



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21 comments on “Irish ‘Lamb’ Stew [Vegan]”

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Audrey H
6 Months Ago

I made this with Gardein beefless tips and it was really good! I also added cabbage for the last 30 minutes of cooking (trying to make it more like a New England boiled dinner). Included some other spices: 2 bay leaves, dry mustard, oregano, roasted coriander, a bit of cumin, and some liquid smoke. I used a blend of red cooking wine and acv instead of the Guinness. Even my non-veg parents enjoyed it. This will probably become a St Patty\'s day staple for us from now on because boiled vegetables gets pretty boring. Thanks for the recipe!

David A
3 Years Ago

It does sound good and will definitely try. I would make it with my home made Seitan or Tofu as TVP is a processed defatted protein. "TVP is produced by thermoplastic extrusion of defatted soy protein flour with a protein content of 50%.
The defatted thermoplastic proteins are heated to a temperature of 150-200°C, which denatures them into a fibrous, insoluble, porous units." I used to use TVP until I did some research on it.

David Scully
4 Years Ago

The recipe says to use Guinness, which is not vegan.

David Scully
05 May 2014

Otherwise the recipe sounds great :)

11 Aug 2014

Exactly, that was the first thing I thought, too. Sub with any other (regular, not fruity) vegan beer.

Toni Okamoto
4 Years Ago

Where does one find TVP in chunk form?

Liana Ionescu
4 Years Ago

Yeah...I'm going for the real stuff...

Ornella Haja
4 Years Ago

I can't believe this Pixie Moss!! How can I find out what drinks are vegan friendly?? I'm going out Sunday night! Help!!

David Scully
05 May 2014

Try barnivore.com to find vegan beverages :)

Ornella Haja
4 Years Ago

Debbie Morgan what's in Guinness that's not veggie?? Sorry it's all new for me :-)

Pixie Moss
30 Apr 2014

It may have fish bladder as lots of beers and such,wines have this in them simply to make it clear..madness.

Arthur Carlson
4 Years Ago

Vegans can be so catty. Every recipe and people just criticize every aspect. lighten up.

Pixie Moss
30 Apr 2014

Most Vegans are compassionate people I think you will find generally speaking.

David Scully
05 May 2014

It is not catty to provide information/constructive feedback, such as Guinness is not vegan. It is providing insight while appreciating the effort of the person who provided the recipe.

Debbie Morgan
4 Years Ago

You cant use guiness its not veggie

Jeffrey Wells
4 Years Ago

It's meant to resemble the old recipe. No animal was killed for this meal. Come on. You don't need to criticize someone for offering alternatives. If it gets people off the killing habit then that is what's important.

David Scully
05 May 2014

It is about providing information such as Guiness is not vegan. If a recipe purports to be vegan then it should keep this in mind.
Fish are killed.....
Otherwise the recipe sounds great.

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