EASY! Crock Pot Beef Burgundy (Beef Bourguignon)

Crock Pot Beef Bourguignon (Beef Burgundy) is a classic French recipe made easy in the slow cooker [paid link]! Beef and vegetables slow-simmered in red wine – the rich flavors are warm and comforting.

Two bowls of beef burgundy on a white table with a red towel.

Beef Bourguignon, also called Beef Burgundy, or Boeuf à la Bourguignonne is a traditional French peasant recipe turned Haute cuisine. It was popularized here in the United States by the late Julia Child in her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She described it as “certainly one of the most delicious beef dishes concocted by man.” I tend to agree with her.

I grew up learning to cook from my Mom and from the zany antics of Julia Child that I saw on television. Both women taught me to never be afraid, to experiment with food and flavors and to use recipes as a guideline to developing my own flavors.  

A close-up photo on beef burgundy in a white bowl with a red towel in the background.

Julia Child was never afraid to laugh at herself and the world laughed with her through her many mishaps and mistakes we witnessed during her television shows and guest appearances. That quality was one of the many things that made Julia so endearing to me and the American television audience.

Today, we simplify French cooking even further and break her recipe down into something we can make in our crock pot. Anything that requires a slow braise in a Dutch oven [paid link] can be converted to the slow cooker [paid link]. It’s really is just that simple.

Another French Haute cuisine dish we’ve simplified is Escargots, so if you need Escargots à la Bourguignonne for a Crowd, check it out.

Ingredients for Crock Pot Beef Bourguignon (Beef Burgundy):

  • Beef – I use Beef Chuck roast but any cut of beef that benefits from a long, slow braise will work fine in this recipe.
    • Chuck, Chuck Shoulder, Chuck Roast, Chuck-Eye Roast, or Top Chuck. Bottom Round Roast, Bottom Eye Roast, Rump Roast, Eye Round Roast, Top Round, or Round Tip Roast. English Roast or Pot Roast.
  • All-Purpose Flour – Cornstarch may be substituted for a Gluten-Free recipe.
  • Butter – I use unsalted. You may use salted but lower your overall salt seasoning by 1/4 tsp.
  • Salt & Ground Black Pepper – Season to taste. I like more pepper and less salt than most.
  • Red Wine – you want to use a good full-bodied red wine you enjoy drinking as the flavors will intensify. I used a red zinfandel.
  • Beef Cooking Stock – may be substituted with water but with some flavor loss.
  • Carrots – peeled and cut into large chunks. May substitute baby carrots.
  • Baby Potatoes – These may be omitted if you prefer to serve over mashed potatoes.
  • Pearl Onions – Fresh or frozen may be used. If pearl onions cannot be found a chopped onion may be substituted.
  • Mushrooms – Sliced or whole, I use baby Bellas, white button, or cremini.
  • Garlic – I prefer freshly minced garlic which has a more pungent flavor than jarred minced galic – so be careful with this.
  • Bay Leaves –
  • Cloves – this spice gives the dish a warm flavor. This may be omitted if you do not care for cloves with a flavor loss.
  • Thyme leaves – I prefer fresh but if you substitute with dried use 1/2 tsp.
A photo of the ingredients for Beef Burgundy.

Instructions for making Slow Cooker Beef Burgundy?

  1. Combine the flour, salt, and pepper in a bowl or plastic zipper bag. Add several pieces of the meat to the flour and shake until coated. Continue until all of the meat has been coated with flour. Discard any unused flour.
  2. Brown the meat in a preheated skillet with oil in small batches so as not to crowd the pan. Turn until all sides are browned. Do not try to turn too early. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Place in the slow cooker [paid link].
  3. Now add the wine and butter to the skillet and stir over medium heat, scraping the bottom to get the browned bits. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently until it begins to thicken. Add the bay leaves, garlic, ground cloves, and thyme sprigs. Pour the liquid mixture over the beef in the slow cooker [paid link]. (I prepare everything up to this point the night before to save time in the morning.)
  4. Add the carrots, onions, potatoes, and mushrooms to the top of the stew and then cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until the meat is very tender.
  5. Remove the bay leaves and the thyme sprigs before serving.
  6. Taste and adjust the seasonings.
  7. Garnish with fresh thyme or fresh chopped parsley.
The ingredients of beef burgundy layered in the clow cooker.

EXPERT TIPS: What is the best wine to use for Beef Bourguignon?

Any bold full-bodied red wine works well for this recipe. Great choices include:

  • French Bordeaux (Red) – with grapes typical to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon – is a full-bodied red wine with dark fruit flavors and savory tastes from black pepper to bell pepper.
  • Merlot – there are three main styles of Merlot — a soft, fruity, smooth wine with very little tannins, a fruity wine with more tannic structure and, finally, a brawny, highly tannic style made in the profile of Cabernet Sauvignon. One of the latter would be perfect.
  • Red Zinfandel – lighter in color than both Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. However, although a light-bodied red wine Zinfandel’s moderate tannin and high acidity gives it a bold flavor.
  • Pinot Noir – this wine is produced from red grapes but it is much lighter in color than other red wines. Pinot Noir flavors and aromas include roses, fruits, black cherry, berry, and currant. Other characteristics include high acidity and low tannins.
  • Portuguese Madeira Wine – A fortified wine characterized by high-toned colors, almond flavors, and high acidity.
    • Verdelho has its fermentation halted a little earlier than Sercial.
    • This style of wine is characterized by smokey notes and high acidity.
A close up photo of a bowl of beef burgundy.
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Crock Pot Beef Bourguignon

Ronda Eagle | Kitchen Dreaming
Crock Pot Beef Bourguignon, also called beef Burgundy, or boeuf à la Bourguignonne, is a well-known, traditional French peasant recipe turned haute cuisine.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Course Entree
Cuisine French
Servings 6 servings
Calories 237 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 lbs beef stew meat cut into 1-1/2 inch cubes
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour [SEE NOTE 1]
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • canola oil for browning the meat
  • 2- 1/2 cups Red Wine [SEE EXPERT TIPS 1] & [Recipe Note 4]]
  • 1 lb carrots Peeled and chopped into large chunks
  • 2 lbs baby potatoes [SEE NOTE 2]
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves [SEE NOTE 3]
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2-3 tablespoons butter
  • 18-20 small white onions peeled and trimmed or 1 lg onion rough chopped
  • 1 pound Mushrooms whole or sliced cremini, white button or baby Bella

Instructions
 

  • Combine the flour, salt, and pepper in a bowl or plastic zipper bag. Add several pieces of the meat to the flour and shake until coated. Continue until all of the meat has been coated with flour. Brown the meat in a preheated skillet in small batches so as not to crowd the pan. Turn until all sides are browned. Do not try to turn too early. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Place in the slow cooker. Discard any unused flour.
  • Now add the wine and butter to the skillet and stir over medium heat, scraping the bottom to get the browned bits. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently until it begins to thicken. .
  • Add the bay leaves, garlic, ground cloves, and thyme sprigs. Pour the liquid mixture over the beef in the slow cooker. (I prepare everything up to this point the night before to save time in the morning)
  • Add the carrots, onions and mushrooms to the top of the stew and then cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until the meat is very tender.
  • Remove the bay leaves and the thyme sprigs before serving.
  • Taste and adjust the seasonings. This is good served over noodles or herbed mashed potatoes (pictured). Garnish with fresh thyme or fresh chopped parsley.

Notes

  1. Flour may be substituted for cornstarch for a gluten-free recipe.
  2. Potatoes may be omitted if serving over buttered noodles or mashed potatoes.
  3. Ground Clove may be ommitted with a notable flavor loss
  4. Red Wine may be replaced with beef stock with a flavor loss.

EXPERT TIPS:

  1. What is the best wine to use for Beef Bourguignon? Any bold full-bodied red wine works well for this recipe. Great choices include:
For Example:
  • French Bordeaux (Red) – with grapes typical to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon – is a full-bodied red wine with dark fruit flavors and savory tastes from black pepper to bell pepper.
  • Merlot – there are three main styles of Merlot — a soft, fruity, smooth wine with very little tannins, a fruity wine with more tannic structure and, finally, a brawny, highly tannic style made in the profile of Cabernet Sauvignon. One of the latter would be perfect.
  • Red Zinfandellighter in color than both Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. However, although a light-bodied red wine Zinfandel’s moderate tannin and high acidity gives it a bold flavor.
  • Pinot Noir – this wine is produced from red grapes but it is much lighter in color than other red wines. Pinot Noir flavors and aromas include roses, fruits, black cherry, berry, and currant. Other characteristics include high acidity and low tannins.
  • Portuguese Madeira Wine – A fortified wine characterised with high-toned colors, almond flavors, and high acidity.
    • Verdelho has its fermentation halted a little earlier than Sercial.
    • This style of wine is characterized by smokey notes and high acidity.

Nutrition

Serving: 60zCalories: 237kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 19gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 285mgPotassium: 636mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 6385IUVitamin C: 6.9mgCalcium: 45mgIron: 2.6mg
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  1. Made this Beef Stew and it was so delicious it was gone before I knew it. My husband not a fan a beef stew said it was the best he had ever tried. My friends enjoyed it as well.

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