Crock Pot Beef Bourguignon

slow cooker beef bourguignon

My Crock Pot Beef Bourguignon is a fix it and forget it meal at its finest ~ this easy slow cooker beef stew is a pared down version of the fancy French dish  and I promise it will get rave reviews!

An easy and elegant slow cooker recipe for fall!

crock pot beef Bourguignon

Slow cooker meals are a lot of things, but they certainly aren’t elegant. They might be delicious, of course they’re easy,  they make your kitchen smell insane. and they make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, but they aren’t what anyone would call fancy. And that’s ok. When you’re hungry after a long day you don’t need fancy. I’ve been thinking a lot about slow cookers lately. I’ve had one for years, but honestly it doesn’t get that much use. Most of my cooking is done from fresh ingredients in a pretty quick manner, and I don’t really need it on a regular basis. But every time I do haul it out, I fall in love all over again. And with both my daughters newly out on their own I’ve been reminded of what a godsend a slow cooker can be.

Easy Slow Cooker Recipe for Beef Bourguignon

I adapted my favorite Beef Bourguignon recipe for the slow cooker

I must say, I think it’s a rare example of an elegant slow cooked meal. I say adapted, but I really didn’t have to do anything much, and it’s true that most soups and stews can be made in the crock pot, with just a few small adjustments. Some recipes fare better than others, though, and sometimes color and texture can be sacrificed in the name of convenience. I like to choose hearty dishes like stews and dried bean soups for my slow cooker; they not only tolerate, but benefit from the prolonged cooking time.

My Slow Cooked Peach Barbecue Smothered Pork Chops is a perfect example of how long slow cooling can take a potentially tough cut of meat like pork chops, and render them fork tender.

Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

the secrets to making beef Bourguignon in a slow cooker?

It’s in the sauce! More specifically, it’s in the Burgundy, its namesake deep red wine that tenderizes the meat and gives the sauce a rich base. A large shot of Cognac enriches it even further, and during the long slow cooking the two produce an amazing sauce.

If you possibly can, I love to add my veggies about half way through the cooking time. This just helps them stay firmer. If this isn’t possible, it helps to keep them rather chunky so they can hold up to the long cooking.

Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

what else can your crock pot do?

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Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Beef Bourguignon

My Crock Pot Beef Bourguignon is a fix it and forget it meal at its finest ~ this easy slow cooker beef stew is a pared down version of the fancy French dish  and I promise it will get rave reviews!
Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Prep Time 15 minutes
slow clook 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Yield 6 servings
Calories 651kcal
Author Sue Moran


  • crock pot


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lb stewing beef cut in large chunks
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp flour leave out for gluten free
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme tied in a bundle (reserve some leaves for garnish)
  • 1/2 cup cognac
  • 2 cups beef stock or broth
  • 2 cups red wine Burgundy, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir
  • 1 Tbsp (heaping)tomato paste I like the kind in the tube
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 yellow onion peeled, halved, and sliced
  • 3 carrots peeled and cut in 1 inch pieces
  • 1 lb small white skinned potatoes left whole if small, or cut in large chunks
  • 8 oz give or take mushrooms, dusted off and halved
  • 1 bag frozen pearl onions
  • a splash of red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar


  • Browning the meat is an optional step, but if you have the time, I like to do it. Skip this step if you like. Heat the oil in large heavy saute pan or stock pot. Toss the meat with the salt, pepper, and flour, When the oil is nice and hot, brown the meat, in 2 batches, until browned on all sides, about 6 minutes per batch. Put the meat in the bottom of your slow cooker and top with the bundle of thyme.
  • Turn off the heat and add the cognac to the pan, and scrape up all the brown bits as the liquid bubbles. Add the wine and beef stock and continue stirring until you’ve gotten all of the good stuff off the bottom and sides of the pan, put it back on the heat if necessary. Stir in the tomato paste.
  • Add the garlic, carrots, onion, potatoes, mushrooms and pearl onions to the slow cooker. Add the liquid from the pan to the slow cooker and give everything a gentle stir to get it settled.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  • At the end of cooking, remove the bundle of thyme and taste to check the seasonings. I like to add a splash of vinegar at this point, add it according to taste. If you want a thicker sauce, stir in a knob of butter coated with flour, or sprinkle in some Wondra flour and stir well. Use corn or potato starch for gluten free.
  • Serve the stew with a sprinkling of fresh thyme leaves.

Cook’s notes

  • There is a lot of alcohol in this dish, and while much of it does cook out, even in a covered slow cooker, there will be some remaining…so save this for the adults.
  • The potatoes are not normally included in Bourguignon, but I added them to round out the stew as a complete meal. No use in using the slow cooker if you have to make a side dish!
  • If you can, I prefer to add my vegetables about halfway through the cooking process so they don’t get over cooked
  • If you love the idea of easy elegance, you might also like my Easy Cassoulet ~ it’s a scaled down version of the French classic.


Calories: 651kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 701mg | Potassium: 1263mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5141IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 5mg
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.
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    Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti
    October 25, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    This looks fabulous, Sue! I do like to use my slow cooker for certain recipes and stews are one of them!

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    [email protected]'s+Recipes
    October 25, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    I want and need this slow cooker stew so BADLY! It looks so comforting and delish, Sue.

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    October 25, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    A beautiful meal. Catherine

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    October 25, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Hi Sue, I have been contemplating buying a slow cooker, now after seeing this elegant feast my mind is now made up. Looks delicious, I can only imagine what your house smelled like…….

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      October 25, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      It’s nice that they’re so inexpensive, I just convinced both my daughters to get one!

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    October 25, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Today is one of those grey fall days. One where you need to take drive and see the color in the leaves to relieve all the grey. Or you stay home and make this wonderful dinner, which indeed is elegant. Set a beautiful table with the wine glasses and forget about the grey and rain outside.

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      October 25, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      Your comment makes me miss the East Coast — and yes, it does sound like a good day to plug in the crock pot!

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    October 25, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    So exciting because I recently made beef bourguignon – first time in..forever! And now, I know how to do it in a crock pot. Looks divine and saving it for the adults sounds good to me! : )

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    October 25, 2014 at 11:16 am

    I had a lot of friends visiting last week and I made up a recipe that was almost a carbon copy of this. I made it up in my head and it was so popular with the guests. Now I see with your recipe that I need to add small onions and some vinegar and some tomato paste. Can’t wait to serve it again to guests. It saved me so much work with the Crock Pot. I made homemade apple sauce with cranberries and good bread. Delish! They had two helpings…..and raved.

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      October 25, 2014 at 11:29 am

      Sounds great!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    October 25, 2014 at 11:08 am

    I love beef bourguignon! With red wine and cognac, I can only imagine how incredible this smelled simmering away in your kitchen!

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      October 25, 2014 at 11:29 am

      I really love the cognac, I think I’m going to add that to all my stews from now on 😉

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    October 25, 2014 at 10:22 am

    It looks great..One of my fave winter dishes..That was so true what you wrote..after the whole cooking time..things don’t photo as prettily..I agree!

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      October 25, 2014 at 10:43 am

      Thanks Monique! With slow cooked meals you really have to go the extra mile with garnishes, I think that makes a huge difference!

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    [email protected]
    October 25, 2014 at 8:43 am

    This is one of my favorite dishes ever! I often make Julia Child’s, over the stove and then in the oven and have been wanting to try it in the slow cooker! And is it bad that I add a whole bottle of wine in? haha

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      October 25, 2014 at 9:17 am

      My regular recipe includes the whole bottle, but with the slow cooker you don’t need as much — the Julia Child recipe is great but SO much work — I hope you give this one a try!

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