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Slow cooker beef bourguignon in a bowl served with green beans.

Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

This slow cooker beef bourguignon is tender beef chunks, bacon, mushrooms, carrots and pearl onions, all simmered together in a rich red wine broth. A crock pot variation of the classic French dish which is easy to make, and always gets rave reviews.
Course Main
Cuisine French
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 579kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 6 slices bacon coarsely chopped
  • 3 pounds beef chuck roast cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup red wine such as Pinot Noir, Merlot or Cabernet
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce from an 8 ounce can
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 carrots peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms halved
  • 1 cup pearl onions fresh or frozen
  • 2 tablespoons parsley chopped


  • Heat a large pot over medium high heat. Add the bacon and cook for 4-5 minutes or until crispy.
  • Remove the bacon from the pan. Add the beef in a single layer. You may need to work in batches.
  • Season the beef with salt and pepper.
  • Cook the beef for 3-4 minutes per side or until golden brown.
  • Remove the meat from the pan.
  • Add the red wine to the pan. Bring to a simmer and cook for 3 minutes or until it is reduced by half.
  • Pour the beef broth and tomato sauce into the pan and stir to combine.
  • Whisk in the flour until smooth.
  • Place the beef and bacon in a slow cooker. Add the garlic, thyme, bay leaf, carrots, mushrooms and pearl onions. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Pour the beef broth mixture into the slow cooker, then stir everything together.
  • Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours or until the meat is tender.
  • Uncover the slow cooker. Sprinkle the parsley over the top of the stew, then serve.



Calories: 579kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 171mg | Sodium: 720mg | Potassium: 1529mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 7067IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 6mg