Ina Garten’s Beef Bourguignon

Ina Garten’s Beef Bourguignon ~ the ultimate homey dish from the Queen of comfort food herself! This easy beef stew will quickly become a family favorite.

A pot of Ina Garten's Beef Bourguignon

I have to say right up front that I am a little biased…Ina Garten is by far my chef. She’s like Martha without the ego, Julia without ‘the voice’ and the crazy techniques, Nigella without the suggestive spoon licking,  Rachel without the hyper-chatter, and Paula without the gooey this and gooey that. She’s kinda perfect. In a good way.

I could have chosen a million different dishes to make in honor of Ina, but I chose Beef Bourguignon because it represents a lot of what she’s all about. I would classify Ina’s style as simple, classic American comfort food, influenced by a passion for French life and cuisine. She and her husband Jeffrey made a four month sojourn to France early in their marriage that inspired a lifelong love of all things French. Throughout her career Ina has explored French cooking and has infused a French attitude towards food into her classic American dishes. Here she’s taken the venerable Beef Bourguignon, a dish that Julia Child taught us to make in excruciating detail, and simplified it… made it more friendly.

garlic for Ina Garten's Beef Bourguignon

Her recipes are so well loved that they have a tendency to morph into family favorites and become so entrenched in our kitchens that we claim them as our own…her Parmesan Chicken has become one of ‘my’ signature dishes, the way so many recipes from the Joy of Cooking or Fannie Farmer have been been assimilated into our food culture over the generations. Part of the reason for this is that Ina’s recipes are almost always foolproof. You can count on them.

Fresh thyme for Ina Garten's Beef Bourguignon

For me, anyway, the appeal of Ina’s cooking style is that it’s not overly ‘branded’; it’s not regional, ready in 30 minutes, diet-friendly or swimming in butter. From coconut cupcakes and lemon curd to lentil soup, it’s real food for real people, and whatever Ina is cooking is always exactly what I feel like eating.

Browning beef for Ina Garten's Beef Bourguignon

But Ina’s franchise is as much about a lifestyle as it is about recipes. It’s the dreamy Hamptons New York world of cute little butcher shops, cheese mongers and creative florists whom Ina calls upon to help her craft parties, gatherings, or even just a special dinner for two. It’s a world where you walk outside your kitchen door into a sprawling herb garden, your adoring husband (and biggest fan) is always arriving home from work or a business trip just in time for his favorite perfectly roasted chicken, and neighbors pop over eager to barter something amazing in exchange for a batch of your brownies.

Mushrooms for Ina Garten's Beef Bourguignon

And somehow Ina manages to convey all this without a hint of superiority or entitlement. Maybe it’s her self-effacing giggle, that adorable upturned nose, or the swing of her impossibly shiny bob. She’s your dear friend next door, the aunt you always wanted, your best inner self.

A bowl of Ina Garten's Beef Bourguignon

Did I mention that I love Ina?

For more of Ina inspired recipes on the blog…


3.77 from 363 votes

Ina Garten’s Beef Bourguignon

Ina Garten's Beef Bourguignon ~ the ultimate homey dish from the Queen of comfort food herself!  This easy beef stew will quickly become a family favorite.
Course dinner
Cuisine French
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Yield 6 servings
Author Sue Moran


  • 1 tablespoon good olive oil
  • 8 ounces dry cured center cut applewood smoked bacon diced
  • 2 1/2 pounds chuck beef cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound carrots sliced diagonally into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 yellow onions sliced
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic 2 cloves
  • 1/2 cup Cognac
  • 1 750 ml. bottle good dry red wine such as Cote du Rhone or Pinot Noir
  • 1 can 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour use a gluten free flour or thickener if desired
  • 1 pound frozen whole onions
  • 1 pound fresh mushrooms stems discarded caps thickly sliced


  • Set oven to 250F
  • Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven. Add the bacon and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the bacon is lightly browned. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon to a large plate.
  • Dry the beef cubes with paper towels and then sprinkle them with salt and pepper. In batches in single layers, sear the beef in the hot oil for 3 to 5 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Remove the seared cubes to the plate with the bacon and continue searing until all the beef is browned. Set aside.
  • Toss the carrots, and onions, 1 tablespoon of salt and 2 teaspoons of pepper in the fat in the pan and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are lightly browned. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the Cognac, stand back, and ignite with a match to burn off the alcohol. Put the meat and bacon back into the pot with the juices. Add the bottle of wine plus enough beef broth to almost cover the meat. Add the tomato paste and thyme. Bring to a simmer, cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and place it in the oven for about 1 1/4 hours or until the meat and vegetables are very tender when pierced with a fork.
  • Combine 2 tablespoons of butter and the flour with a fork and stir into the stew. Add the frozen onions. Saute the mushrooms in 2 tablespoons of butter for 10 minutes until lightly browned and then add to the stew. Bring the stew to a boil on top of the stove, then lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Season to taste.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

 Notes:  I was too chicken to ignite the cognac, I just let it evaporate ‘naturally’. I also added the carrots along with the mushrooms towards the end of the cooking process instead of in the beginning with the onions. I really don’t like mushy carrots. I skipped the bacon (I was out) and used half the bottle of wine. It all turned out wonderfully.


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    December 29, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    How many does this serve?

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      December 29, 2019 at 8:30 pm

      It serves 6.

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    Eileen Humphrey
    July 30, 2019 at 9:18 am

    5 stars
    I just made inas beef burgundy for my daughters birthday tomorrow. Love your comments and your relaxed attitide!!

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      July 30, 2019 at 9:22 am

      I love that thanks Eileen, I do try to keep a chill vibe going here 😉 Isn’t Ina amazing?

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    March 12, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    We are on the same food page! I love Ina Garten, too. Your description of why she’s the best of all the popular chefs put into words how I feel about her cooking, personality and style perfectly. I would only add how I love the way she cooks for Jeffrey and his appreciation of her efforts… so cute! I look forward to trying this recipe and others you recommend. Thanks

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      March 12, 2019 at 8:10 pm

      You put it perfectly Kathryn, she’s a gem!

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        August 5, 2020 at 2:54 pm

        What a lovely article

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    December 9, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    I’m in the middle of this recipe now.. the flavors are incredible! But the 250f for 1:15 is not enough time or heat for the meat to get tender. I’m putting it back in for another 45min at 325. I think Julia child original recipe called for 3-4 hours in the oven at 325 hopefully I’ll be able to eat in the next hour or so.

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      December 9, 2018 at 7:42 pm

      After reading your comment I went back and checked this, James, (it’s an old post) and those are Ina’s instructions, to the letter. It could be a difference in the type of meat, size of pieces, or even accuracy of the oven temp. I do agree that I usually cook stews for longer than that, and at a higher temp, but who am I to argue with the Queen herself? This stew has always worked beautifully for me, so I hope the longer cooking works out great for you, let us know.

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        May 13, 2022 at 5:22 pm

        5 stars
        The timing was perfect. I used Grass fed beef and made sure that all the pieces were cut to the same size, nothing too big. This was

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    September 21, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    Hi Sue, I doubled Ina’s beef bourguignon for 10 and sure hope it’s enough. I will serve over Spatzle noodles with salad and of course French bread plus dessert. Since the recipe has onions why add the frozen pearl onions?

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      September 21, 2018 at 6:01 pm

      Hi Jackie ~ the first onions break down in the gravy as the stew cooks and serve as a flavor base, so I add the pearl onions because they stay intact and give an extra layer of flavor and texture to the stew. You can certainly leave them out if you like. The noodles sound delish!

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    January 3, 2017 at 8:17 am

    which of Ina’s cookbooks does this recipe come from?

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      December 20, 2017 at 7:36 am

      I’m not sure this one is from one of her books, Mary, I think she made it on tv.

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    Michael Benami Doyle
    April 24, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Ina didn’t found Barefoot Contessa. She bought it from the original owner after it was already a success. Ina’s real notoriety happened when she began publishing her and the store’s recipes.

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      April 24, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      you’re right — I fixed it 🙂 thanks Michael!

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    March 3, 2015 at 6:31 am

    A tablespoon of salt sure seems like too much. Did anyone else think so and adjust this amount? I’m making this soon and would like some feedback. Thanks.

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      March 3, 2015 at 6:49 am

      I would taste as you go, Elizabeth, and adjust it to your liking.

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    Colleen S
    July 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    You very perfectly put into words, exactly how I feel about Ina. So funny to me how people can have such similar experiences, but her cinnamon bun recipe that I found online years ago is ‘my’ Christmas morning cinnamon bun recipe.

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    Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen
    March 19, 2012 at 10:49 am

    5 stars
    I’m a big Ina fan and so glad you’ve chosen her Beef Bourguignon. It’s one of my favorite French classics and you’ve showcased it beautifully.

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