The BEST Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon Recipe

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Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 hrs
Total Time
8 hrs 10 mins

Channel your inner Julia Child with BEST Beef Bourguignon Recipe you’ll ever make! Hearty and rich this easy classic Beef Bourguignon made in a slow cooker will be your new favorite comfort food! 

Looking for more comfort food recipes? Try out my Balsamic Braised Beef Short Ribs or my Instant Pot Mongolian Beef Recipe.

A white bowl of Beef Bourguignon with mashed potatoes

Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon Recipe

There are some movies that just put me in my happy place. The Sandlot. Little Rascals. Made of Honor. Leap Year. Ratatouille. Chef. Julie & Julia.

Those are just a few. Because I LOVE to cook and it helps relieve stress for me, of course some of my favorite movies are going to be the ones that revolve around cooking. DUH! 

I fell in love with Chef the first time I saw it and still crave a Cuban sandwich every time I see it! If you haven’t seen this movie yet, DO it. It’s totally one of those “feel good” movies.

Ratatouille, is a super cute animated movie about a rat that wants to be a Chef. I think what I love about this movie is he doesn’t go off of a recipe. He smells is, tastes it, and goes with what he thinks. Throws in a little bit of this or a little bit of that and perfection is the end product. That is my favorite way to cook. Tasting along the way. No agenda just desiring a delicious meal to savor.

But hands down my favorite cooking movie is still Julie & Julia and the most epic recipe she makes is Beef Bourguignon! It is, after all, what Julia Child is famous for!

A slow cooker with chunks of beef and herbs and a slow cooker with beef bourguignon

What is Beef Bourguignon?

Beef Bourguignon, also called Beef Burgundy is a beef stew that is braised in red wine and beef stock. Usually it is cooked with bacon, onions, garlic, carrots, a bouquet of fresh herbs and garnished with pearl onions and mushrooms. 

What is the difference between beef stew and beef bourguignon?

The biggest difference between these two classic comfort dishes is that beef bourguignon has the beef simmered in red wine to really enhance the flavor of the beef and give it a deep rich flavor. Beef Stew is just beef that is slow cooked and braised in a beef broth mixture and vegetables. In my opinion, Beef Bourguignon packs a lot more flavor!

What is the best meat to use for Beef Bourguignon?

The best cut of meat to use in a beef stew or beef bourguignon are:

  • Top Sirloin – I find this has the best flavor and I buy it whole instead of in pre-cut cubes so I can determine the size I want.
  • Lean Stew Beef – sometimes this comes already cut into cubes which is nice
  • Brisket – this will give you a stronger beef taste
  • Chunk Roast – a thicker piece of meat that needs to be cooked longer to make it tender

A slow cooker with beef bourguignon

What is the best red wine to use in Beef Bourguignon?

Typically Beef Bourguignon is made with a Burgundy red wine: so think Pinot Noir or Gamay. I usually use a Pinot Noir because it is a little more fruity, but have also use a Cabernet Sauvignon as well. The wine is going to add a nice rich flavor to your meat, which is what Beef Bourguignon is famous for! The key is selecting a bottle of wine is using one that you’d drink as well.

If you choose to omit the red wine, that is fine, just substitute with beef stock or beef broth which will also add more richness and depth to your dish.

A white bowl of Beef Bourguignon with mashed potatoes

How to Make Beef Bourguignon in the Slow Cooker?

  1. Pat meat dry. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Add oil to the pan and then add meat. Sear each side for 2-3 minutes until it is slightly browned. Put beef in the slow cooker.
  3. Add bacon to the skillet. Saute until browned. About 3-4 minutes. Add bacon to the slow cooker. Next add onions and garlic to skillet. Saute until onions are translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Add onions to slow cooker.
  4. Next, add red wine to hot skillet. Using a wooden spoon, scrap all the brown bits of the bottom of the pan. Add in the beef stock and tomato paste to pan, whisk together and continue to scrap the pan until everything is removed.
  5. Add bundle of thyme to slow cooker along with carrots, mushrooms, and pear onions. Pour red wine mixture into the slow cooker. Gently stir and cover. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours, or until meat is tender.

Can you freeze Beef Bourguignon?

Yes, you can freeze Beef Bourguignon. Just place in a freezer safe storage bag and freeze up to 3 months. To serve, allow beef bourguignon to thaw in refrigerator and then reheat. Serve as normal.

A white bowl of beef bourguignon with mashed potatoes

Say hello to the most delicious, most comforting and gourmet recipe to come out of your slow cooker. EVER!!!

And if I’m being honest. If you make it the way Julia calls for in her book, YES there are a lot of steps. Each component has to be cooked separately and then they are all added back into a dutch oven and simmered for a while. But the outcome it absolutely unbelievable. The first bite is truly life changing! To make this recipe in the slow cooker, I changed it up a bit and only sautéed a few ingredients separately before adding everything to slow cooker!

If you’ve never had Beef Bourguignon before, now is the time! You’ll be in love!

Bon Appetit friends. And Happy Weekend!

What to serve with Beef Bourguignon

A slow cooker of beef bourguignon with fresh herbs on top

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Crock Pot Beef Bourguignon

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 10 mins
  • cook_time Cook Time: 8 hours
  • total_time Total Time: 8 hours 10 mins
  • yield Yield: 8-10 1x
  • category Category: Beef, Crock Pot, Kid Friendly

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 lbs. of lean chuck roast or top sirloin, diced into 12” cubes, patted dry
  • salt & pepper to season
  • 4 strips of bacon, diced
  • 1 bunch of thyme (tied with cooking string)
  • 1 yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups red wine (cabernet sauvignon, merlot, bordeaux, pinot noir)
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste (from the tube)
  • 4 carrots, chopped into 1” cubes
  • 16 oz. mushrooms (cremini or baby bella), halved
  • 10 oz. pearl onions
  • garnish with flat leaf parsley
  • optional: 1 tablespoon of cornstarch (or arrowroot) and 1 tablespoon of water

Instructions

  1. Pat meat dry. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Add olive oil to the pan. Then add meat and sear each side for 2-3 minutes until it is slightly browned. Put seared meat in the slow cooker.
  3. Add bacon to the skillet. Saute until browned. About 3-4 minutes. Add bacon to the slow cooker.
  4. Next add onions and garlic to skillet. Saute until onions are translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Add onions to slow cooker.
  5. Next, add red wine to hot skillet. Using a wooden spoon, scrap all the brown bits of the bottom of the pan. Add in the beef stock and tomato paste to pan, whisk together and continue to scrap the pan until everything is removed.
  6. Add bundle of thyme to slow cooker along with carrots, mushrooms, and pear onions. Pour red wine mixture into the slow cooker. Gently stir and cover.
  7. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours, or until meat is tender.
  8. Garnish with additional thyme or flat leaf parsley.
  9. Serve!

Notes

If the sauce is not thick enough, add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch (or arrowroot) along with 1 tablespoon of water to a small bowl. Mix together until the dry ingredients are dissolved. Stir that mixture into the sauce and let cook for 5 minutes. Serve.

IF YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE, BE SURE TO SNAP A PIC AND HASHTAG IT #JOYFULHEALTHYEATS. I LOVE SEEING WHAT YOU MAKE!

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49 Responses
  1. Tricia

    Hello! I am planning to make this delicious sounding recipe in a couple of days and was wondering if I can make it the day before, refrigerate it and place it in the crock pot the next morning after reaching room temperature.

  2. Kevin

    Way too sour – maybe too much wine ?
    3 cups seemed like a lot – almost an entire bottle. I used a nice Pinot Noir.
    Not a family favourite
    Won’t make it again….

    1. Krista

      Oh no. That’s what classic beef bourguignon calls for. If you want it more beefy you could use 2 cups of wine and 2 cups of beef stock.

  3. Amy

    OMG Chef is my absolute fav ‘foodie’ movie! The grill cheese scene…never has grill cheese looked so sexy! LOL Julie & Julia is definitely a close second on the ‘foodie’ film list!

    Thanks for this recipe….can’t wait to try it! Things are starting to cool off here in Ontario, CA next week (still in the low- to mid-twenties at the moment) so this is definitely going on the menu in the next couple weeks!

    1. Krista

      hahaha.. I so agree! Every time I see that grilled cheese I crave it! It’s amazing!

      Can’t wait to hear what you think of that Beef Bourguignon!

  4. LIily

    This dish is incredible! My mom and I made it this week in honor of the one year anniversary of my Make-a-Wish trip to Paris! Thanks for making my walk down memory lane delicious!

  5. Sophie

    Would you serve this with roasted potatoes? Having a dinner party this weekend and thought people may be tired of mashed potatoes after Thanksgiving last week… Thanks!

  6. Britt

    Looking at the picture, it seems like yours is like a runny, thin consistency. I would omit a cup of wine so you only have 3 cups of wine. Maybe sear the bacon first, and then cook the beef in that after like the classic?

  7. Maria Cronk

    I haven’t made this dish in a while. I am making this one soon. YUM! Perfect time of year for this one. I will save some extra cab to enjoy with it too. =)

  8. Megan

    Hi,

    Thanks for the recipe. Do you think the bacon could be substituted with turkey bacon or something else (understanding the flavor profile might not be quite the same). Sadly, my husband doesn’t eat pork but I’d still love to make this! Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!

  9. Meredith

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing!! I substituted beef broth for the wine…oops I drank it all this weekend! This will definitely be on the dinner rotation throughout the winter!

    1. Krista

      haha… can’t blame ya there. But next time make sure you add the wine it adds such a rich deep flavor and will make this dish even more irresistible than you already think it is! Woohoo… yeah for yummy meals! 🙂

  10. Laura

    I made this last night in my Instant Pot, and it was sooo delicious! My kids aren’t keen on stew, but will usually eat it over mashed potatoes, so they had that as well. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Krista

      hurray! So glad you and the kiddos liked it Laura! This is one of my favorites and I love how elegant it looks! 🙂 You just feel fancy eating it!

  11. Susie B

    I made the Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette last night as a try out for our Thanksgiving dinner and I is a keeper and will be on the menu. This is a wonderful mix of flavors. Thanks so much.

  12. Susie B

    Oh, Oh, Girl you’ve done it again! The Beef Bourguignon was just outstanding. My husband can’t thank you enough for this recipe. I made it for him and he LOVED it. You are a wonder. Thank you so much.

    1. Krista

      Ohh… thank you so much Susie. That just made my day! So glad you and the hubbie enjoyed the recipe, this might even make our Christmas dinner menu it’s that good!

  13. carrie @ frugal foodie mama

    Ratatouille & Julie & Julia are two of my favorite foodie movies! And yes- I always feel hungry after watching them, lol. Loving this slow cooker version of Beef Bourguignon! 🙂

    1. Krista

      They are awesome … even my son loves Ratatouille! 🙂 The entire time he is always saying “mommy we need to make that .. and that.” It’s adorable! 🙂

  14. Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    What a delicious, classic dish. I think I’ve made it once (obviously it’s been a loooong time if I have!). I love that you made this in the slow cooker — that’s a big convenience for sure! Beautiful!

    1. Krista

      Yeah it was only second time making it. The first time I had no idea how long it was going to take … hence the slow cooker method. hehe 🙂

  15. Taylor

    OMG this looks so delicious and perfect for Sunday night dinner! I’ve always wanted to make a beef bourgiugnon but never knew how – there’s something about the darker days that just makes recipes like this even more comforting!

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