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

4.79 from 47 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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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. Hi Lisa!
          Thanks for the comment! I haven’t needed to use much gluten free flour substitutes so I don’t have a recommendation for you. Please let me know what you try and if you like it! Thanks for following along with me!!

        2. Hi Lisa,

          I was just looking at the comments to decide whether to have this for dinner tomorrow. I always use Corn Flour for a gluten free option, but you need to be careful it is mixed well with cold water, before adding to stop it clumping. Hope that helps.

        3. 5 stars
          Made this last night and it was delicious! Even my chef husband came home after a long day in the restaurant and ate every last drop, exclaiming this was delicious! And he’s what you might call a picky eater ? I did end up adding a slurry at the end to thicken the sauce up a bit. Just a personal preference. But regarding the comment of making it gluten-free, I think you could use corn starch in place of the flour when first making the sauce to go into the crockpot. Either way, great recipe and definitely keeping this in our rotation for comfort food on those cold nights!

  1. Making this now! So excited! What do I do with all the bacon grease that’s left over from the bacon? ?

  2. The best slow cooker Beek stew recipe!
    I’m very picky with food but I can assure that this recipe is delicious!
    I have been trying this for many occasions and I always get an amazing compliment.

    1. Awesome recipe! I didn’t have soy sauce so i used worchesteshire sauce instead! Bloody beautiful!

      1. Just trying to comment on the comment for using worchesteshire instead of soy. I did this because I thought the GF soy sauce I had would throw off the recipe too much… wowzer, spicy! Instead of using 1/4 cup like recommended soy, use half that at least of worchesteshire if you don’t like spicy & want to try it that way. My stew this time around definitely calls for some mash potatoes to tone down the spice. Good flavor overall & GF flour worked fine. Make sure to get rid of the bacon grease after cooking the meat before adding the wine to pan.

  3. Making this today. Will the potatoes be falling apart by the time it’s done? Should they maybe be added later instead?

  4. So rich and delicious! I found this recipe about a year ago and I make it about once a month. It’s perfect every single time. It also freezes well. We make fresh bread in the breadmaker to go with it. The house smells amazing all day long. Thanks so much for this!

  5. We love this recipe!! Its probably my favourite. I add some pearl onions which are quite yummy. Also, I put 2 cups of wine…whatever red wine I might have around. Draining the bacon fat before cooking reduces the fat content. I found that the Instant Pot wouldn’t cook it properly on slow cook. So…I just brought out my old crock pot slow cooker. Thanks for this great recipe!

  6. This is in the crockpot now… I did add onions and a parsnip (from my misfits market box ) I’m starting to smell a lovely aroma! Dinner is going to be good tonight, will have to use up that bottle of red wine ?.

        1. No. Tomato sauce and tomato paste are two different things. You can find both, in cans, in the same canned tomato section of your market.

  7. Very very VERY good!! Great for a cold rainy day in Northern Minnesota. Just curious – what’s the calorie and sodium count per serving?

  8. My husband & father-in-law love it when I make this recipe. It’s a lot of work but well worth it. Making it again for tonight as a matter of fact.

  9. Oh my goodness this was delicious! I was reading through the comments and realized that I thought tomato sauce was ketchup (I’m in Australia) so I used that. Whoops! It was still soooo amazing! Thank you for this wonderful recipe ?

  10. This recipe is a family favorite in our house. Have you made this in an instant pot before? If so how’d you do it?

  11. Thks for this recipe. I made it without bacon and potatoes. Substituted red wine with white dry wine because I didnt hv red wine. It taste really great.

  12. This is on the crockpot now. My house smells heavenly! I added pearl onions and used beef broth. Can’t wait!

  13. 5 stars
    Instead of cooking the potatoes in the stew, I increased the carrots and served this over garlic mashed potatoes. One of the best dishes I’ve made in a long time. This recipe went in the actual recipe box. Thank you!

  14. 5 stars
    Amazing. I made it twice in 2 weeks as my family could bot get enough. However, the second time, I added 5 extra bacon slices and Oh My… just delish. .

  15. Looks delicious ! What size crock pot was used? I need to double the recipe for my family and want to know if an 8 qt would be okay. Thx!

  16. 5 stars
    SOOOO good, but I am not a fan of mushrooms (consistency). What would you suggest that would pair well and enhance the flavors? Thank you!

  17. Haven’t tried it yet. Just got the recipe. I can only imagine. It’s very close to Paniolo stew my tutu wahine made in the 50’s and I’m drooling already .

    1. Al, I’m originally from Hawaii and so am used to (and love) the thick homestyle “local” beef stew that you usually find there (and in diners/home kitchens everywhere else, actually). So, I wasn’t really sure about trying this but the photos made it look so tempting. I’m so glad I did because it was so ono! In fact, I’m doing my shopping list now to make sure to get all the ingredients to make it again this weekend. It seriously is the best, and will be my “go to” recipe from now on.

      1. 5 stars
        Oops, forgot to give it a star rating…definitely a 5 star! And, for those asking – our household is entirely gluten free, so I just used whatever one-for-one GF flour I happened to have on hand at the time. Also used a GF soy sauce, combined with a GF worcestershire sauce (after reading other’s suggestions) to total the 1/4 cup soy sauce called for in the recipe. Just because. But, other than that I followed the recipe as is and it was delish!

  18. Regarding the comment from Britt –
    Glad you used “low sodium” liquids, which is probably why your meal was not too salty. Problem is, the recipe does not indicate “low sodium.” So, following the instructions will result in the dish being much saltier.

  19. 3 stars
    Regarding the comment by Britt ~
    Glad you used “low sodium” liquids and were able to reduce the salty flavor of the dish. Problem being, if you follow the recipe, nowhere would you know (or does it indicate) low sodium. This does make the beef quite a bit saltier.

  20. I love this recipe .. i changed it up a bit adding onions & anchovy in the initial stages, beef broth & more red wine.. bay leaf…it was to die for. Served with mashed sweet potato as potatoes were already in the slow cook.

  21. 5 stars
    This recipe was AWESOME! So flavorful. My husband raved about it and asked me to please make it again. (Personally…whenever you add bacon and wine to a stew…you can’t go wrong.) I used a low-sodium soy sauce – which worked just fine.

  22. 5 stars
    Great as is. Played around a bit the next few servings. I swapped Worcestershire sauce for soy. Also swapped beef stock for chicken and in my opinion it’s not a stew without onions. Added half a cup. Always a hit at our home!

  23. Great recipe! I did half beef broth and half chicken broth. I might add truffle mushrooms to it next time too. I also would add a teaspoon of salon and pepper. I did this in my pressure cooker.

  24. This looks and sounds amazing!! I’m trying to lose weight, so am wondering how much is 1 serving? 1 cup? More or less?

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