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SLOW COOKER BEEF BOURGUIGNON is a delicious slow cooked beef stew made with juicy chunks of beef, sweet carrots, onions, mushrooms, and two types of wine. Fancy enough to feed a crowd, but easy enough to make during the week, this Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon is a classic beef stew with a twist.Jump to Recipe
I don’t make beef often. It’s not that I don’t love the stuff. I do. I mean, my mom is from Iowa and my dad is from Illinois which practically guarantees that a kid will be raised on meat and (butter-filled) potatoes. However, at some point in my teenage years and early twenties, I phased out red meat. Between periods of being a vegetarian or vegan, I just stopped buying the stuff.
But sometimes a Mama just needs to make beef. And this (seriously) Best Ever Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon is the beefy favorite in our house. Especially with my meat-loving 4-year old.
FACTS ABOUT BEEF BOURGUIGNON
- Beef Bourguignon originated in the Burgundy region of France.
- This beef stew was originally prepared with beef braised in red wine.
- Originally considered a “peasant dish”
- Wine was originally used to tenderize cuts of meat that would have otherwise been too tough to cook.
Read more on Wikipedia.
INGREDIENTS IN THIS EASY SLOW COOKER BEEF BOURGUIGNON RECIPE
- Lean chuck roast
- Fresh herbs
- Red wine
- Marsala Wine
- Sun-dried tomatoes
In this recipe, you will notice that I added red wine AND sweet marsala wine. You don’t have to add marsala wine, but if you have any lying around, do it! Sweet Marsala wine gives this dish a fantastic rich flavor. You’ll never go back to regular old Beef Burgundy.
One thing to note, however. I would not recommend replacing ALL wine with Sweet Marsala Wine. Some is good, all is not.
In my lifetime, I have made beef stew many many times. Sometimes with just red wine and other times with both red wine and marsala wine.
And then comes the question-
DO YOU HAVE TO ADD RED WINE TO BEEF BOURGUIGNON?
The short answer is, no. You don’t have to do anything. In fact, my mother-in-law never adds wine to her beef stew and my husband grew up thinking it was the best beef stew on the planet.
Without red wine, Beef Bourguignon isn’t really Beef Bourguignon. It’s beef stew.
So, if you love wine and you love cooking with wine, then seriously add the wine 🙂 Plus, according to my husband, my beef stew is “much more refined and elegant” compared to his moms. No offense to his mom, of course. My mother-in-law makes some of the most fabulous food I have ever eaten.
DO I HAVE TO USE A SLOW COOKER TO MAKE THIS EASY BEEF BOURGUIGNON?
No way. Absolutely not. After all, were slow cookers around in France hundreds of years ago? nope.
You can most definitely make this beef stew in a good old-fashioned heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven. This is exactly how my mother-in-law always makes her beef stew and (dare I say) here stew usually comes out more tender than mine.
But, the slow cooker has a very important place in every kitchen and that is so you can leave it, let it cook, and walk away. I’m a pretty big fan.
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Delicious slow cooked beef stew made with juicy chunks of beef, sweet carrots, onions, mushrooms, and two types of wine. Grab a slow cooker or a large pot, as this Beef Bourguignon is fancy enough to feed a crowd but easy enough to make during the week.
- 3 tablespoons olive oil divided
- 3 pounds lean chuck roast cut into 1" cubes and patted dry
- salt + pepper
- 1 bunch fresh thyme
- 1 bunch fresh rosemary
- 1 yellow onion diced
- 5 cloves garlic minced
- 3 cups red wine I used pinot noir
- 1/2 cup sweet marsala wine
- 1 cup beef stock
- 4 tablespoons tomato paste
- 15 oz diced tomatoes 1 can
- 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes chopped
- 6 large carrots chopped into cubes
- 20 ounces cremini mushrooms halved
- 4 stalks celery diced
- 10 ounces pearl onions
- fresh parsley diced
- 1.5 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water to thicken
- Gently pat chuck roast dry and season generously with salt and pepper.
- Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add 2 tablespoons olive oil to the pan. Add the chuck roast cubes to the skillet and cook each side for 3-4 minutes, or until lightly browned (no need to fully cook the meat, just brown the sides).
- Transfer seared chuck roast to the slow cooker.
- Tie the fresh thyme and rosemary bunches together using cooking string and place in the slow cooker on top of the chuck roast.
- Return the skillet to medium high heat and add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Add the diced onion and sauté for 3-4 minutes, or until onion are translucent and starting to soften. Add the garlic and sauté for one more minute.
- Transfer to the onions and garlic to the slow cooker.
- For a final time, return the skillet to medium heat. Add the red wine and use a wood spoon to gently scrape off any brown bits that may have stuck to the pan. Whisk in the marsala wine, beef broth and tomato paste. Heat just until mixture is warmed through- no need to boil.
- Add the chopped carrots, mushrooms and celery to the slow cooker and carefully pour the red wine mixture over the vegetables.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.
- Approximately 15 minutes before serving, add the frozen pearl onions and stir in the cornstarch mixed with water (optional)*
- Garnish with fresh chopped flat leaf parsley.
Cook Time: 5 hours High, 8 hours Low.
The cornstarch will thicken the broth, or gravy, of the stew. It is not a necessary step as it is purely personal preference.