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!

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

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!

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.

Variations 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 ¼ 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.

slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon with mashed potatoes on a plate

More Delicious Slow Cooker Beef Recipes

Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

4.86 from 75 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 9 hours
Total Time 9 hours 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 6 People


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


  • 5 slices bacon finely chopped
  • 3 pounds 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 ounces fresh mushrooms sliced
  • fresh chopped parsley for garnish


  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 parsley and serve with mashed potatoes if desired.

Recipe Notes

Updated on December 10, 2019

Original Post on November 13, 2016

Nutrition Facts

Serves: 6

Calories181kcal (9%)Carbohydrates22g (7%)Protein7g (14%)Fat8g (12%)Saturated Fat3g (15%)Cholesterol12mg (4%)Sodium1062mg (44%)Potassium646mg (18%)Fiber3g (12%)Sugar2g (2%)Vitamin A199IU (4%)Vitamin C27mg (33%)Calcium31mg (3%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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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’d definitely recommend an 8-quart. Using a 6-quart will fill it to the rim, in which case ideally reduce the portions slightly.

  1. 5 stars
    Wow! 5 starts from both me and my dinner guest!
    Heats up easy and tastes just as wonderful the day after.
    Super tasty and beef was amazingly tender! I intend to make this again!

  2. 5 stars
    Absolutely awesome! Did not change anything. My husband loves it,too, and I will definitely make it again.

  3. Hi. I toss the bacon fat left over from searing the stew meat in it. Stew meat comes out the tenderest because of it’s fat. I think any substitution should be okay -similar- that’s what’s make a cook is the ability to “tweak” a recipe. This is a great recipe. Wine-the cheaper the better!

  4. 5 stars
    My first time making this and WOW! The flavours all mixed in and the slow cooked meat just melt in your mouth. Great for a cold night.

    1. If you wouldn’t drink it, I would not suggest cooking with it.
      Nothing wrong with day old “left-over” wine if you kept it refrigerated though.

  5. Hi! I have this cooking on the slow cooker now and it smells amazing! Just noticed something though, I’m your written out description of the fish and what’s in it etc, you mention onions.
    But In the actual recipe towards the bottom, there is no mention of onions at all, I just noticed this so my stew doesn’t have onions in it, just wanted to let you know. Thanks for a great recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    Great Covid Comfort Food. It was easy to fix and flavorful. I love that we have leftovers and can another evening this week.

  7. 5 stars
    Hi, just cooking this now in my slow cooker, it smells delicious. Just one thing, you list onions early in the description, but there’s no mention of onions in the actual recipe, I’m going to add some shallots now and will let you know how they taste.

    1. 5 stars
      Hi Sue! Just wondering how the shallots worked out – I am going to make this today and wondering whether to add the onions or not. Thanks!

  8. Very nice, didn’t have red wine but still was very tasty, the best thing is there is enough left to make a pie tomorrow❤️

  9. 5 stars
    Tastes amazing as if it were from a five star restaurant! The flavor is so bold and flavorful but not overpowering, this will definitely be made again! I didn’t have chicken broth and used beef broth, still tastes delicious!!!!

  10. Made this Saturday night and we had leftovers yesterday (I think it was even better the second day). Will definitely make this again…thank you!

  11. 5 stars
    Everybody loved it. My husband said it was probably one of the best meal I cooked since we are married.

  12. 3 stars
    Followed the recipe to the “T”. My only comment is that I felt it was a bit too salty for my taste. Is that normal?? Otherwise, it was excellent otherwise.

  13. 5 stars
    I’m thrilled with this recipe! After many attempts at making a delicious slow cooker meal, and many recipes, this one was amazing! I was so pleased.
    My French husband approved too – so that’s saying something.
    Thank you

  14. 5 stars
    Just wanted to say this is absolutely delicious..followed recipe and made double quantity to give half away as a gift…I served mine with tender stem broccoli and cauliflower….5 * from myself and my lucky friend…thankyou…

  15. 5 stars
    Substituted sausage for bacon and chicken for beef. Used champagne instead of red wine and brussel sprouts and watermelon instead of carrots and onions. Instead of soy sauce used Hershey’s syrup and served it over a nice bed of corn flakes. Absolutely delicious recipe thank you!!

  16. At first thought it was a lot of ingredients and steps. But I was wrong! My husband prepped all the veggies while I browned the meat and made the sauce.only change was I used a bit more broth. (Already opened didn’t want to waste it.) I can’t wait to try it tonight. Smells so good. My family loves soups and stews. Hoping I have enough to put some in freezer. If not I will make a second recipe. This is not my first recipe from this site. All have been great

  17. 5 stars
    Recipe looks amazing 😊 unfortunately my slow cooker has just broken can you advise how long would take to cook in oven and at what temp ? Many thanks xx

  18. This was really great! Keeping with the traditional Bourguignon, I used pearl onions in lieu of potatoes. That way you can serve it with mashed potatoes or noodles and not have the double starch. I tossed by beef in a bit of flour before browning and added 1 Tbsp. tomato paste to the pot so I didn’t have to use any flour at the end. I also used beef broth instead of chicken broth along with the wine. A delicious meal indeed!

  19. 5 stars
    I have been cooking for 50 years and I must say this is the best slow cooker beef stew I have ever tasted!! You are the best!!!!!

  20. I have made this recipe many times and it is always a hit! I omit the flour and load it with veggies, but its the sauce that makes this delicious! Everyone I serve it to enjoys it.

  21. 5 stars
    This is a definite make again! So flavorful and simple. It takes a little prep time but it’s worth it in the end.

  22. I’m planning to make this tomorrow night. I noticed in the recipe, the amount for onions is not listed. However, it is mentioned in the write up to use fresh onions. How much do we need? Are they diced, sliced? Thank you. The recipe looks amazing!

    1. The onions are optional. The onions are just an extra ideas that you are welcome to add into the slow cooker. I would recommend slicing them but even halving them is a great flavor to this bourguignon.

  23. 5 stars
    Cooked up this recipe tonight, and it did not disappoint! It was delicious. Had a wonderful full flavor. I cooked it on high, and it took 5 1/2 hours to cook. The beef was nice and tender and the vegetables were perfect. I served it with mashed potatoes and a side salad, just like recommended.
    My 23 year old granddaughter gave it 5 stars. My boyfriend said it was the best he ever had! Thanks for the recipe!

  24. I see that onions are mentioned in your hints but I don not see them in the recipe?? Do we use onions? I bought small, fresh pearl onions.

  25. I made this recipe the other night & it was absolutely delish. The meat was cooked perfectly & the vegetables were cooked but not mushy. I’ll make this again for sure.

  26. 5 stars
    Omg….. THANK YOU! This is so delish! I have cooked this for me and my fiancé several times now and we both drool over this dish.
    The leftovers would last days for most but that doesn’t happen with this dish. My fiancé gobbles it up real fast (and he’s picky about eating leftovers) He said this one his most favorite meals I make now.

    We eat ours over jasmine rice and I double up just a bit on the broth of the dish because just the broth alone is good over rice.

    TO SPEED UP THE PREP TIME: I figured out that you can use scoops of leftover bacon grease instead of going through the process of chopping up bacon into tiny pieces each time mainly for the purpose of getting the bacon grease to cook the meat in. (this part was the part I dreaded each time lol) to clarify, when I cook bacon, I always put leftover bacon grease in a mason jar and throw it in the refrigerator to cook with if I ever need to. I tried this the second time I ever made this recipe because I just got done shopping and realized I forgot the darn bacon and I did not feel like going back so I thought “eh what the heck, it shouldn’t make the dish taste that much different..” and it didn’t make one bit of a difference. While eating it the first time, the bacon was so tiny that you didn’t even notice the dish had bacon pieces in it. My fiancé loves bacon and he didn’t seem to mind the little change up I made at all so I always go with leftover bacon grease now instead of using bacon.

    AFTER EATING: I leave all leftovers in the crockpot and throw it in the refrigerator. That way, when we go to eat leftovers, I just plug it back in, turn up the heat and let it heat back up (takes 30 mins or so) and it tastes just as good and fresh as the first night.

    ALSO, FOR THE WINE: I use “Sutter Home – Cabernet Sauvignon”
    I figured I would mention this because I’m not a big wine drinker so finding a wine the first time was tricky (I had to ask the liquor store clerk to help me lol) I hope this will help anyone else out there that was completely lost like I was.

  27. 5 stars
    This was delicious! Made exactly as written. Flavor was amazing. It did take about 7 1/2 hours on low to have the meat melt in your mouth. I would add more carrots next time though, didn’t seem like enough. And it really does only make 6 servings.

  28. 5 stars
    Absolutely wonderful! My hubby said it was the best thing I’ve ever made and I cook ALOT! He’s making it again right now as I’m writing this. A pretty cool trick I learned is that if anybody wanted to do a “low carb” version, you can add whole radishes instead of baby potatoes and they come out soft and potato-like. Also, I make this in my Le Creuset dutch oven and it comes out perfect! Thanks so much!!

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