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!

Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

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!

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!

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!

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Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon
 
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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!
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Serves: 6
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
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ 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 6-8. Garnish with fresh parley and serve with mashed potatoes if desired.
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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. EXCELLENT! All the flavors came together in an amazing sauce. The beef was tender and great flavor. I choose not to add the potatoes. Instead, I served with mashed potatoes. This is an over the top recipe for your meat and potatoes eaters!

  2. Someone just shared this with me. I can’t wait to make this because it looks so delicious. I love slow cooker meals. This recipe reminds me of the Boef Bourguignon I had in France.

    I visited France back in the late 90s and went to General Lafayette’s estate, Chavaniac-Lafayette. It’s located in a sleepy little village, and we ate at a local maman et papa cafe. I had the Boef Bourguignon. It was a life changing experience. (I’m from the South. The food is delicious, but what I grew up with was very simple and lacking fresh herbs and spices. Lots of condensed soups and tough pot roasts.) In France, I discovered a passion for gourmet food and became a gourmet home cook.

  3. Mine came out delicious, but,.. it was really salty, even my daughter in law made it and she said the same thing
    I want to try make this again, what made it too salty?
    I do really love the idea of this recipe
    Please help…?

    1. Your soy and chicken broth could have a lot of salt – you can opt for low or no sodium versions next time and see if that solves the problem.

  4. The recipe is for 6 servings, but I want to make it for 8 to 9 crew dogs. what would I increase the ingredient portions to to make it?

  5. Came out delicious! Forgot to cube the beef and seared it whole on all sides. After 9 hours just pulled it apart with two forks. I used fresh thyme. Watch the salt on the beef as it will cook in the rich sauce with soy sauce. I used mushroom soy sauce. Worcestershire sauce is a good idea.

  6. Sounds wonderful! Making this for dinner tomorrow evening. Just curious how you think it would be over wide egg noodles instead of mashed potatoes?

  7. I have made this numerous times. It is absolutely delicious every time. Sometimes I do add worstershire sauce and a little bit of sun dried tomatoes. Love it! Thank you for sharing

  8. Hello. Can you make the slow cooker beef bourguignon adhead of time ad just rehat witihout making the veggies too mushy? Would love to try it for my bookclub (9 people).
    Thanks,
    Wendie

  9. This was amazing, definitely a keeper for me. I used water instead of wine and followed the rest of the recipe to a T. My boyfriend devoured it!! Thanks for sharing.

  10. I made the beef Bourguignon but thought it was so overwhelmed with Thyme that it was almost uneatable . I would put just a dash or two in the recipe. The rest had a good flavor and the meat was tender.

  11. Omg my husband ?s this..i used unsalted broth, and braggs coconut ammis instead of soy…comes out ?..kiddos 2 this recipe….??

  12. I made the slow cooker beef bourguignon last evening – nice, but it tasted rather bland, despite the different ingredients. The missing ingredient was onions, which are important in all meat casserole dishes. I have plenty left over to reheat tonight and it’s going to get some sauteed onions added for flavour.

  13. I know this has been asked many times. And I have read all of the comments. At one point you mentioned it should be Worcestershire sauce, at another point you said it is soy sauce. Can you please clarify I’d like to make this this Saturday. Thank you so much!

  14. Do you think I could sear the beef the night before so all I have to do in the morning is throw everything into the crock pot? It’s hard to do early with little ones and want to be s me to eat dinner by 7

  15. A word of caution: I made this yesterday using only half the thyme and it was still way too strong for us. We will make it again but without any of the thyme. Otherwise it was very good.

  16. Hi, This looks lovely and I would like to make it but if possible can you let me know the measurements in ml/g please as I don’t work in cups in the UK? Thank you.

  17. I love this recipe. My wife is fussy and said it was the best that she has ever had. I added some onions in as well as peas.

  18. Hi Alyssa!
    Thank you for your beautiful beef bourguignon recipe.
    This is my 2nd time making this dish in my Breville fast/slow cooker (currently slow cooking…). I’m positive it will come out amazing again.
    I proportionally increased the amount of ingredients so we get a lot more beef bourguignon out!
    Looking forward to more French recipes from your blog!
    Cheers 🙂

  19. Just a FYI but no alcohol is evaporating in the slow cooker. Nothing evaporates in the slow cooker, that’s why you have to be careful with how much liquid you use. As the author of a slow cooker cookbook, I know all about it!

  20. I need to make at least three batches of your beef stew for a large group. Can I cook this in the oven, and for how long? Thank you

    1. Yes, that sounds great! Your crowd is going to love you! You can use a dutch oven and use the same cooking method with the oven. You will bake/cook for about 1 to 2 hours depending on how much you add to your pot. Hope that helps! Enjoy! XOXO

  21. Delicious, flavorful, family loved it! I used half soy sauce and half Worcestershire, and I added one onion quartered. Definitely a keeper.

  22. Hello! I just came across your beef bourguignon recipe. I’d like to try it but how would you suggest modifying it to cook it in the oven rather than slow cooker?

  23. Everyone in my house loved this! I did not have red wine (?WHAAAA???) so I used equal parts sherry and tart cherry juice. Also did not have soy sauce and used Ponzu instead. Added a little fresh rosemary. I will definitely make it this same way, it was so aromatic and wonderful!

  24. I want to cook this for some friends, but one of them can’t eat pork. Would this still taste okay as is without pork? Or would you recommend something to replace that flavor? Thanks!

  25. Made this yesterday. Followed the instructions exactly. It is delicious! Thanks. Shared it with guys I work with who are also great at cooking. They loved it as well! Nice job!!!

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