Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon has crazy tender melt in your mouth beef and hearty veggies slow cooked to perfection in a rich sauce.  This meal is comforting and perfect for the cold months ahead!

This rich and hearty meal is warm and satisfying this winter season. If you love a good stew try this Tuscan Vegetables Chicken Stew, Skillet Pork Cacciatore or Beef Stew with Bacon.

Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

Slow Cooker Beef Bourginon

This is THE BEST BEEF STEW I HAVE EVER HAD!!!!

If you guys are looking for a comforting, hearty and blow you away with flavor beef stew this is your recipe.

Ok I am getting a little ahead of myself because I am so excited about this beef stew.

Who gets excited about a beef stew?  Apparently this girl.

This has the most crazy tender beef inside with hearty vegetables and it has the absolutely best rich and delicious sauce!

I am a total beef stew lover especially when it cools down.

It took me a couple of recipes to get it right.

These are my requirements for the perfect beef stew:

✔️ Tender melt in your mouth beef

✔️ A thick and rich sauce

✔️ Big hearty pieces of vegetables, preferably carrots, potatoes, and mushrooms.

This stew had all of that and more and my family couldn’t get enough of it!

What is bourguignon?

The word bourguignon comes from a dish that is French and is called Buruandy in English.

Bourguignon is similar to a beef stew but has a few variations of ingredients and much more in depth flavoring.

A classic bourguignon has the presence of red wine in the recipe, which does cook out and is safe for kids to enjoy this bourguignon recipe.

This bourguignon recipe is thick and hearty with loads of flavor!

What you need to make slow cooker beef Bourguignon

There are a few extra steps involved in making this stew but I promise it is worth it.

Once you cook the bacon and pan sear the meat, you throw it all into the crockpot and let it do its thing.

This meal is truly the best flavored stew that I have ever had.

I know that your family will love slow cooker beef bourguignon just as much as we did!

  • Bacon: cooked and chopped up into pieces.
  • Beef chuck: boneless
  • Red cooking wine: this will cook out slowly and is added for flavoring.
  • Chicken broth: added for flavor and liquid to cook and cover the meat and vegetables.
  • Tomato sauce: flavorful and soaks in with the meat and vegetables.
  • Soy sauce: adds a rich and slightly sweet flavoring.
  • Flour: a thickener for the soup.
  • Garlic cloves: finely chopped and a pungent and little bit of spice flavoring.
  • Thyme: earthy and a little bit dry taste that adds flavor.
  • Carrots: thick chunks cut up.
  • Baby potatoes: just wash and clean.
  • Mushrooms: sliced and added into the slow cooker.
  • Parsley: finely chopped

Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

How to make slow cooker beef bourguignon

This stew starts off with cooking some bacon.  But THEN you pan sear the meat in the bacon drippings.

Pan searing is just that extra step to make the edges crisp and the inside tender.  Plus it just seals in the flavor!

Most good beef stews do have red wine in them.

This really brings out the deep and rich flavor in the sauce.

But rest assured the alcohol does get cooked out.

But I promise it is necessary in really bringing out this amazing flavor in the stew!

  • Cook the meats: In a large skillet cook bacon over medium high heat until crisp. Put bacon in slow cooker. Salt and pepper the beef and add to the skillet and sear on each side for 2-3 minutes. Transfer beef to the slow cooker.
  • Whisk together sauces: Add the red wine to the skillet scraping down the brown bits on the side. Allow it to simmer and reduce and slowly add chicken broth, and tomato sauce, and soy sauce. Slowly whisk in the flour. Add the sauce to the slow cooker.
  • Add in remaining ingredients: Add garlic, thyme, carrots, potatoes, and mushrooms to the slow cooker. Give it a good stir and cook on low until beef is tender for 8-10 hours or high for 6-Garnish with fresh parley and serve with mashed potatoes if desired.

Tips on making slow cooker beef bourguignon

This beef bourguignon is known to be a decadent and one of the most flavorful stews.

It is thick and hearty with rich flavors that continue to grow while cooking.

Each ingredient is a key role in making this slow cooker beef bourguignon recipe the BEST.

Make this ahead of time and have all the aroma lofting about in your home.

Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon is a MUST make this winter season.

It is comforting and warms you up on those cold nights.

Enjoy these tips to making this slow cooker beef bourguignon recipe even better!

  • Cooking bacon: make sure to not over cook the bacon. The slow cooker will cook it a little more once it is added in.
  • Brown the beef chuck: this will help ensure a crisp outer layer. This is a great way for the meat to cook perfectly in the soup.
  • Red wine: leaving this out will be okay although it will leave out the most flavor and richness of this soup. I am not a wine drinker but this is a MUST for this to be cooked properly and to the fullest. The wine does cook out and will be safe for kids to eat.
  • Mushrooms: I prefer crimini mushrooms. They have more flavor to them compared to the white button. Slicing or cutting in half is best.
  • Onions: fresh onions are best. If you need to purchase frozen I recommend pearl onions, which are already pealed and have the most flavor.
  • Chicken broth: beef broth will also work instead if you prefer.
  • Garlic: if you don’t have garlic on hand, substitute the garlic for 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder.
  • Bay leaves: add in bay leaves for more flavoring and intensity with this soup.

Frequently asked questions for beef bourguignon

Knowing how to make this slow cooker beef bourguignon even better is just what you need to make this the BEST EVER!

I love the flavors that blend together and how well it cooks in the slow cooker.

Impress your friends and family with this beautiful looking and tasting beef bourguignon recipe.

It is one of a kind and tastes AMAZING with SO much flavor!

Here are a few frequently asked questions that will help you when making this beef bourguignon recipe.

  • Can you make this on the stove or in the oven? Yes, this is made a few different ways. Try my BEST EVER Beef Bourguignon for a stove and oven recipe.
  • What is the best meat to use for beef bourguignon? Beef stew meat is easiest or chuck is great if you cut it up. Brisket is also another great type of meat to use for beef bourguignon.
  • Which red wine is best for beef bourguignon? I am not a wine drinker but I prefer a dark burgundy wine. Pinot Noir or Chianti are also great options. The wine does get cooked out and is safe for families to enjoy. I recommend if you drink the red wine then that is the type to add in the beef bourguignon.
  • What is beef bourguignon traditionally served with? To make this a complete meal, add potatoes, noodles or even rice and a side salad. For a bread a hard baguette or dinner roll works well.

Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

Storing slow cooker beef bourguignon

This tried and true slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon is so simple to make and has loads of flavor!

This is even better made ahead of time or over the stove top.

You can’t go wrong with this simple to make slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon.

  • Making slow cooker beef bourguignon ahead of time: the great thing about making this beef bourguignon ahead of time gives the soup more flavoring the longer it sits. This does great made the night before and stored in the refrigerator. It will last in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. When ready to reheat add it to the slow cooker or stove top to warm through.
  • Can you freeze slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon? Yes, you can! I like to freeze it in freezer bags or a sealing bag that locks in all the flavors. I freeze them laying down and take them out the night before I am wanting to serve it. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator or you can defrost in the microwave if needed on low heat to warm through, stirring occasionally. It will freeze up to 3 months.
  • Reheating slow cooker Beef Bourguignon: simply place the beef bourguignon in a slow cooker and reheat on low setting for 4 hours or until warmed through.

More delicious slow cooker beef recipes

slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon with mashed potatoes on a plate

Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

4.75 from 24 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 9 hours
Total Time 9 hours 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 6
Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon has crazy tender melt in your mouth beef and hearty veggies slow cooked to perfection in a rich sauce. This meal is comforting and perfect for the cold months ahead!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beef bourguignon, beef stew, beef tips, steak tips, steak, beef, slow cooker, slow cooker beef bourguignon recipe

Ingredients

  • 5 slices bacon finely chopped
  • 3 lbs. boneless beef chuck cut to 1 inch cubes
  • 1 cup red cooking wine
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons thyme finely chopped
  • 5 medium Carrots sliced
  • 1 pound baby potatoes I used tri color
  • 8 ounce fresh mushrooms sliced
  • fresh chopped parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet cook bacon over medium high heat until crisp. Put bacon in slow cooker. Salt and pepper the beef and add to the skillet and sear on each side for 2-3 minutes. Transfer beef to the slow cooker.

  2. Add the red wine to the skillet scraping down the brown bits on the side. Allow it to simmer and reduce and slowly add chicken broth, and tomato sauce, and soy sauce. Slowly whisk in the flour. Add the sauce to the slow cooker.

  3. Add garlic, thyme, carrots, potatoes, and mushrooms to the slow cooker. Give it a good stir and cook on low until beef is tender for 8-10 hours or high for 6-Garnish with fresh parley and serve with mashed potatoes if desired.

Recipe Notes

Updated on December 10, 2019

Original Post on November 13, 2016

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 181 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 1062mg44%
Potassium 646mg18%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 199IU4%
Vitamin C 27mg33%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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      1. I not drain the bacon grease at all….didn’t realize I was supposed to. :/ Do you think it’ll be an issue or I should add anything to counteract?

    1. The “traditional” recipe for bourguignon is burgundy wine (literally the translation) but any dry red works just fine. It’s just adding a depth of flavor. We had a black box of pinot noir open so I used that. A cheap red is fine as long as it’s on the dry side.

  1. Hi Alyssa, I’ve got everything in my slow cooker but it’s not all submerged in liquid, is that ok or should I add water/stock/broth?!

  2. 5 stars
    I just made this today and it was AMAZING! I changed one thing because I thought I had soy sauce and cane home to find, I in fact, did not. I heated balsamic vinegar with two frozen garlic pods, in the microwave in place of the soy sauce.

    1. I noticed that the video calls for worscestershire but the written recipe says soy sauce. I used the worscestershire and it was amazing. There is definitely a mistake but the recipe is soooo delish

      1. Thanks for pointing that out as I usually use Worcester Sauce in things like this but have just made it using the Soy. That’ll be interesting to see when it’s done.

  3. 5 stars
    Definitely a 5-star keeper! Mostly as directed except I had a bag of frozen stew vegetables, and left out the mushrooms. I also used beef stock instead of chicken. I ended up dumping in a full 8 oz can of tomato sauce. Very rich deep flavor from the bacon, soy sauce and red wine! The stew smelled amazing in the crockpot. A true comfort food dinner. Crusty rolls for sopping gravy, yum! Thank you.

  4. 4 stars
    Really liked this recipe. One question, when you say tomato sauce is that ketchup or passata? I used ketchup and it tasted great. Thank you

  5. 5 stars
    It’s delicious! I did notice that the video calls for worscestershire sauce but the actual recipe said soy sauce. I used the worscestershire sauce.

  6. 5 stars
    Wow! Looked up a Beef Bourguignon, came across this one, looked amazing, took the time to prep it properly, put garlic butter mushrooms in half way through. Turned out as one of the best slow cooker dishes I’ve ever tasted. Great for cold winter nights, goes great with a nice deep fruity red.

  7. 4 stars
    Absolutely loved it!!!

    I did use beef stock instead of chicken. Also since I served it over mashed potatoes I left out the potatoes the recipe called for and just doubled the mushrooms.

    I’m the opposite of a good cook but somehow got thus right. Bonus my kids literally licked their bowls clean 😎

    1. Hi Ida, bacon’s fabulous taste quality is umami, which some consider a super flavor. From researching this myself, it turns out bacon has 6 different ‘umami’ flavors that actually create an addictive neurochemical response. If you google umami substitutions you’ll find many ways to get something close, but it does appear bacon is really special.

  8. 5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe and the reviews. I’m a beginner cook and this worked great for me. I will certainly make it again. I made a few modifications that are worth mentioning. Instead of baby potatoes I used sweet potatoes and I also included sauteed onions. I did not use bacon but I’m sure if I had it would have put this over the top. Oh and I used Herbs de Provence instead of the thyme.

  9. 5 stars
    OMG, I made this recipe last night for dinner and it was gone in nothing flat. I’ve tried other similar recipes, but this one was, by far, the best! Even my adult daughter who hates anything that resembles a stew, loved it! Well done, Miss Alyssa!

  10. How I want to make this, as my mouth is watering just reading the recipe. However, I have to watch my sodium levels. Are there any ways to reduce the sodium in this recipe? How essential is the soy sauce since it is so sodium ladened, for example.

  11. 4 stars
    Pretty good – not sure what the bacon is in aid of except maybe as flavoring to the beef when it’s being seared.

    Have tried MANY recipes from The Recipe Critic and most all of them have been really good – keep up the great work!

  12. Recipe looks legit, and I am excited to try….. but in your TIPS section, why do you refer to it as a “SOUP” instead of a “stew”? C’mon girl! 🙂

  13. 5 stars
    I made this today and O-M-G! Outstanding and so easy! I didn’t change a thing, had it on high for 6 hrs and it was melting perfect! Thank you so much and will be making this again!

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