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Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon sounds fancy and tastes amazing but the recipe is so easy to make. The beef is tender and the broth is savory from being slow cooked with mushrooms, onions and more.

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Beef Bourguignon is loaded with rich flavors and amazing sauce. The beef is cooked perfectly with chopped vegetables. Making this slow cooker recipe saves me time and my family enjoys a home cooked meal that is budget friendly.

This recipe has similar flavors and ingredients as our Irish Beef Stew Recipe or Easy Crock Pot Beef Stew Recipe. If you love these hearty stew recipes, then you are going to love the depth of flavor and taste of this beef bourguignon recipe.

What is Bourguignon?

Bourguignon is a type of cooking that is found in a the French region of Bourgogne. This is also called Burgundy so you may hear some people refer to this recipe as Beef Burgundy instead of Beef Bourguignon. They both mean the same thing.

What is the Best Cut of Beef to Use

We used a chuck roast but you can use other cuts of beef. Try this recipe with these cuts of beef which include round steak, beef stew meat and sirloin. You may even love to use a beef brisket.

We recommend using what is on sale. It will be tender and amazing either way because it was slow cooked all day.


Slow cooker beef bourguignon ingredients - chuck roast, bacon, carrots, onion, mushrooms, garlic, salt and pepper, flour, red wine, beef broth, tomato paste, thyme leaves, parsley
  • Chuck Roast
  • Bacon
  • Carrots
  • White Onion, diced – Try also Pearl Onions
  • Sliced Mushrooms
  • Minced Garlic
  • Salt and Pepper
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Rich Red Wine or Cooking Wine
  • Beef Broth or Beef Stock
  • Tomato Paste
  • Dried Thyme Sprigs
  • Bay Leaves
  • Fresh Parsley, chopped

Scroll to the bottom for the full list of ingredients and recipe in the recipe card.

Variations Ideas

  • Seasoning – Feel free to change or add in seasoning to what you prefer. We have used garlic powder and garlic cloves instead of minced garlic.
  • Fresh Herbs – Instead of using dried thyme, feel free to use fresh thyme leaves.
  • Cooking Wine – Wine gives this recipe so much flavor. You can easily use a merlot, cabernet sauvignon, burgundy wine or a pinot noir instead of the red wine.

Step by Step Instructions

Cooking bacon in a cast iron skillet

Step 1 – Sauté the bacon using a large frying pan. Cook until the bacon is crispy and remove from the pan and place on a paper towel lined plate. Make sure to leave the cook bacon grease in the skillet because this will give the dish so much flavor.

Mixing beef tips with flour in a bowl with tongs

Step 2 – Dredge the beef in flour.

Cooking beef in a cast iron skillet

Step 3 – Place the beef in the skillet directly in the bacon grease. Sauté just long enough on each side to brown the beef. This does not take long since you are only slightly browning the meat. Usually about 5 minutes. Once brown, move the beef and put with the bacon you set aside earlier.

Placing the beef, bacon, onions, carrots, red wine, thyme, mushrooms and bay leaf

Step 4 – Chop the bacon so it is in small pieces. Add the beef, bacon, onions, carrots, red wine, thyme, mushrooms and bay leaves to your crock pot. I used a 6 quart crock pot.

  • Step 5 – In a medium bowl and whisk the tomato paste into the beef broth. Then pour this mixture over everything in the crock pot.
  • Step 6 – Finally, cook everything on low for 6-8 hours or cook on high for 3-4 hours. I prefer to cook this on low because the meat gets even more tender and the broth has more time to simmer together.
  • Step 7 – Take the bay leaf out and serve with a slotted spoon. We top with fresh parsley but that is optional.

How to Thicken:

If you prefer a thicker sauce, these steps will show you how to make a cornstarch slurry.

  • Step 1 – Remove a cup of the broth and add 1 to 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. Whisk together and pour back into the crock pot. Gently stir everything together and you should have a thicker broth now.
  • Step 2 – Just make sure to do this at the end right before serving. You don’t want it to get too thick so never do this at the beginning of the cooking process. It is best to wait and see what is needed.
beef bourguignon in the crock pot with a wooden spoon

Recipe Tips:

  • Beef – We recommend to cut the beef into small pieces. I usually do about 1 inch slices.
  • Vegetables – When adding in the carrots, peel and cut into large pieces. We like to try to make them about the same size so they cook evenly.
  • Brown Meat – For the best flavour, we recommend browning the meat before placing in the slow cooker.
  • Dutch Oven – This delicious Julia Child recipe can also be made in a Dutch Oven over medium heat.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Serve as a Stew – Enjoy plain just as you would a stew.
  • Serve over Pasta – You can also serve over egg noodles or any type of pasta. Rice is also good and we also like mashed potatoes.
  • Roasted Veggie – If you want to add a green veggie, try Delicious Roasted Green Beans for something really easy but tasty.
  • Homemade Bread – Crusty Bread is always a good idea to dip into that amazing broth. We love this Easy Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe but you can also grab something from the bakery. This makes it easy to get every last drop.
Slow cooker beef bourguignon in a white bowl

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to Store Leftovers:

Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days. We think it taste even better the next day.

How to Reheat:

Reheat the leftovers in the microwave in 1 minute intervals until heated. If you have a lot leftover, you may want to reheat in a saucepan.

More Easy Crock Pot Recipes:

We love hearing from you. If you make this Crockpot Beef Bourguignon Recipe, make sure to leave us a comment.

Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

4.97 from 26 votes
Slow cooker beef bourguignon sounds fancy and tastes amazing but the recipe is so easy to make. The beef is tender and the broth is savory.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 651


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  • Sauté the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until the bacon is cooked through and crispy. Remove the bacon from the skillet to a separate dish and leave the bacon grease in the skillet.
  • Coat the beef in the flour and then add the beef to the skillet and sauté on medium high heat to brown the beef (cook approximately 5 minutes).  Note: You may have to cook in batches based on the size of your skillet. Once the beef is browned, remove the beef to the same dish as the bacon.
  • Chop the bacon into smaller pieces.  Add the beef, bacon, onions, carrots, red wine, thyme, mushrooms and bay leaves to a 6 quart crock pot.  Whisk the tomato paste into the beef broth and pour this mixture over the ingredients in the crock pot.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  • Remove the bay leaves and serve topped with the fresh parsley and enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days. 
I used diced chuck roast for this recipe, but you can use stew meat or diced arm roast instead if you prefer.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 651kcal, Carbohydrates 13g, Protein 50g, Fat 35g, Saturated Fat 15g, Trans Fat 2g, Cholesterol 171mg, Sodium 1086mg, Potassium 1304mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 4g, Vitamin A 5336IU, Vitamin C 7mg, Calcium 80mg, Iron 6mg

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  1. Marie says:

    5 stars
    Delicious with just a couple of changes: after removing beef to crockpot, sautéed onions slightly in same skillet and deglazed with wine as to get every bit of goodness! Transfer all in pot , add 1 tablespoon Worcestershire and mix well. Everything else did the same!

  2. Carrie says:

    Shirley – you can thicken the sauce more by adding more cornstarch. I would mix in 2 tbsp of cornstarch in with 1/4 cup of water and stir that into the crock pot to thicken the sauce more. This is delicious served over mashed potatoes but it can also be served by itself with cornbread or rolls as well.

  3. Shirley says:

    I followed direction to a T. It is like a soup. I thought it would be more like a stew. Also how do you serve this?

  4. Carrie says:

    Thank you! I hope you enjoy it!

  5. Ashley Moyer says:

    5 stars
    Such an easy recipe to follow and is so delicious!

  6. Kathryn Canty says:

    5 stars
    5 star recipe! Amazing flavor, and one of our favorites!