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!


Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

4.67 from 9 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 9 hours
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!


  • 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


  1. In a [url:1]large skillet[/url] cook bacon over medium high heat until crisp. Put bacon in [url:2]slow cooker[/url]. 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 [url:3]slow cooker[/url].
  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

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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. 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.

  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.

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