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Easy Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

An easy and hearty meal made with beef, burgundy wine, fresh vegetables, and herbs, all cooked to perfection within the slow cooker! The alcohol is cooked out, leaving a rich and thick liquid for the beef and vegetables to cook in.

Beef bourguignon cooked in a slow cooker.
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The Best Crockpot Beef Burgundy

Slow cooker recipes allow you to enjoy tender, tasty meals that cook for you while you go about your day. Some of my other favorites are slow cooker chicken enchilada soup, crockpot honey chicken and these shredded beef tacos.

If you haven’t had beef bourguignon before, you are in for a real treat! This recipe tastes almost like a crockpot beef stew but it has slightly different ingredients and more depth of flavor.

Beef Bourguignon is a traditional French recipe made with stew meat, garlic, onions, mushrooms, beef broth, burgundy wine, and a bundle of herbs. The word “Bourguignon” means it’s a dish that comes from the French region of Bourgogne, which we call Buruandy in English.

This is the perfect recipe to make when you want something that is hearty and flavorful. My kids love this recipe—even if they can’t pronounce it properly. :)

Beef Bourguignon ingredients on a wooden board.

Beef Bourguignon in the Crockpot

There is one simple trick to getting this dish super rich and flavorful. Before you place all the ingredients into the slow cooker, brown the stew meat in a pan on the stove. This allows the outside of the meat to get a nice brown crust.

  1. Start by coating 2 pounds of stew beef with salt, pepper, and flour.
  2. Add olive oil to a large pan on the stove and cook half of the meat about 6 minutes or until a brown crust has formed.
  3. Add that batch of beef to the slow cooker.
  4. Cook the second batch of beef for an additional 6 minutes.
  5. Once that batch has cooked, add the beef to the slow cooker.
  6. Next, pour in beef stock, burgundy wine, and tomato paste to the pan.
  7. Simmer until the alcohol is cooked out, scraping the bottom of the pan to get the bits.

If you don’t have time, you can skip this step but I highly recommended cooking the beef first before putting into the slow cooker. You will get a much better flavor this way—while still keeping this an easy recipe.

The process of making Beef Bourguignon in a slow cooker.

What to Serve with this Dish

This recipe is hearty and delicious enough to be a meal in itself. Alternatively, you could also serve the beef with:

Ladle full of beef bourguignon in a slow cooker.

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Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

5 from 5 votes
Author: Jamielyn Nye
An easy and hearty meal made with beef, burgundy wine, fresh vegetables, and herbs, all cooked to perfection within the slow cooker! In this beef bourguignon recipe, the alcohol is cooked out, leaving a rich and thick liquid for the beef and vegetables to cook in.
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 6 hrs
Total Time: 6 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds stewing beef , cut into large 1-inch chunks
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups cooking red wine , such as Burgundy wine
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste , heaping
  • 3 cloves garlic , crushed
  • 4 carrots , peeled and diced into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 pound baby white potatoes , left whole if small, or cut in large chunks
  • 1 pound mushrooms
  • 1 bag frozen pearl onions
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme and 3 fresh bay leaves , tied in a bundle
  • Fresh thyme leaves , for serving

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, toss beef with the salt, pepper, and flour. Heat oil in large heavy sauté pan or stockpot. When hot, brown the beef, in 2 batches, until browned on all sides, about 6 minutes per batch. Transfer the beef to the bottom of your slow cooker.
  • Add wine, stock, and tomato paste to the pan. Simmer and scrape the bottom of the pan to get the bits. Pour the liquid from the pan over the beef in the slow cooker.
  • Add the garlic, carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, and pearl onions to the slow cooker. Place the bundle of fresh herbs on top. Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours.
  • At the end of cooking, remove the bundle of herbs and season with salt and pepper. Serve the stew with a sprinkling of fresh thyme leaves.

Notes

Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 610kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 708mg | Potassium: 1392mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 6879IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American

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Beef bourguignon in a white bowl with bread.

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