Beef Bourguignon: A slow-cooked Burgundy meal

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The French are known for their talent and skill in their culinary creations, but perhaps one of their most loved dishes is actually one of their most simple. Beef bourguignon is a stew consisting of beef that has been slow-cooked in red wine, beef broth, and infused with the flavors of garlic, onion, and herbs.

Beef Bourguignon: slow-cooked beef stew served with carrots, mushrooms, and mashed potatoes. Recipe via

Beef Bourguignon: Peasant’s Food

Beef bourguignon was actually a meal made and eaten by peasants in historical France, but now it’s become a beloved dish enjoyed by people of all socio-economic classes around the world.

While its name can sound fancy, I’m here to tell you that it’s really just comfort food at its best.

Beef Bourguignon: slow-cooked beef stew served with carrots, mushrooms, and mashed potatoes. Recipe via

More Wine, Please

While beef bourguignon is not a true one-pot meal, as the mushrooms and pearl onions need to be sautéed in a separate pan, the rest of the ingredients go into a [easyazon_link identifier=”B009WVB8J0″ locale=”US” tag=”monpetitfour-20″]large pot[/easyazon_link] and are left on their own.

This is one of those meals that always makes me think of the Julia Child quote, “I enjoy cooking with wine, sometimes I even put it in the food.” This beef stew welcomes a nice glass of wine, both in the actual stew and served on the side.

Slow, but Affordable

I also find it really comforting to slow-cook some of my meals in a day and age where quick and speedy meals are revered. It’s nice to know there are some dishes that are true to culinary tradition and are worth going against trends.

While beef bourguignon is not a meal to be made in 30 minutes, it is certainly a meal that’s budget-friendly. I’ll often make this stew with a budget cut of meat, like chuck, because it can easily be transformed into tender beef with a slow-cooking process such as this.

In fact, my butcher let me know that budget cuts like chuck, blade, or flank are often more flavorful than their more expensive counterparts. That was new to me, but pleasantly welcomed!

Beef Bourguignon: slow-cooked beef stew served with carrots, mushrooms, and mashed potatoes. Recipe via

Serving Beef Bourguignon

You can serve beef bourguignon with mashed potatoes, green beans, or a loaf of French bread. If I’m serving this to guests, I’ll used mashed potatoes, but if I’m hunkering down with this meal on a Sunday night, French bread is my preference.

Honestly, this stew will be tasty no matter what you pair it with!

Beef Bourguignon: slow-cooked beef stew served with carrots, mushrooms, and mashed potatoes. Recipe via

Beef Bourguignon

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours

A comforting and hearty French beef stew made in a dutch oven with carrots, red wine, and fresh herbs. 


  • 6 oz of bacon, diced
  • 3 lbs of beef chuck, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, sliced in half lengthwise, then cut into 1 inch wide pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp of all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 cups beef broth
  • about 1/4 bottle of red wine
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pinch of freshly ground pepper
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 7 - 8 white mushrooms, cut into thick slices
  • 10 oz of pearl onions
  • fresh parsley, to garnish, chopped


  1. In a large pot or dutch oven, cook the diced bacon over medium high heat. Cook until browned, then remove the bacon from the pot with a slotted spoon. Discard or save the diced bacon for another purpose (such as mixing into mashed potatoes, or save for breakfast).
  2. Add the beef into the pot, in separate batches if necessary, and brown each side of the beef. Temporarily remove the beef from the pot.
  3. Now add the chopped onion and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Then, add in the minced garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds.
  4. Add the beef back into the pot. Sprinkle 3 tbsp of flour over the meat and give the beef a stir until the flour has been absorbed; cook for 1 minute.
  5. Pour in the beef broth, then pour in just enough red wine so that the meat is just about fully immersed in liquid. Add the teaspoon of salt and pinch of ground pepper. Give everything a stir.
  6. Tie the thyme, rosemary, and bay leaf together with kitchen string, then drop this bouquet into the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, then cover the pot with a lid and lower the heat to medium-low; let the stew simmer for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours, until the beef is very tender. In the last half hour, add the carrots in and allow them to cook in the stew.
  7. Meanwhile, warm the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the pearl onions and sliced mushrooms, cook until both are softened - about 7 to 8 minutes. Set aside until ready to serve.
  8. Once the beef is ready, remove the herb bouquet. Assemble a plate or shallow bowl with the meat, carrots, and sautéed mushrooms and pearl onions. Pour some of the stew sauce all over, then garnish with some chopped parsley.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 6 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 537
Beef Bourguignon: slow-cooked beef stew served with carrots, mushrooms, and mashed potatoes. Recipe via

17 thoughts on “Beef Bourguignon: A slow-cooked Burgundy meal”

  1. Hello,
    What red wine can I use so that it does not carry a dry red wine taste throughout the dish? I have made a similar recipe before and use Pinot as recipe called for and the dish sauce had dry flavor. Hope you can help.

    • Hello! I typically use a bottle of cabernet because that’s what I always have on hand. I’ve never felt like it had that dry flavor, so I would try that? 🙂

    • Thank you for the catch, Stacey! Sorry about that – you’ll add it in when you add the herb bouquet in. You could also add it in after the garlic to give some garlic flavor to the carrots if you’d like. 🙂

      • I made this yesterday and it is so good. For the pearl onions my trick is to boil them for about five minutes in beef stock or water. I usually use stock to add some flavor. The boiling loosens the skin on the onions. Then I cut the root end off and squeeze to pop out the inside onion.

        If the bourguignon is a little to soupy, when you saute the onions and mushrooms just before you add them to the pot sprinkle a little flour over them and stir then add to the pot and let it cook for another 20 min or so. This will help to thicken the Bourguignon.

        This one is a keeper, my husband loved it.

  2. This was so flavorful and delicious! I’m usually not a fan of cooked carrots, but the sauce made them taste so delicious. I ate them all! Thank you for the awesome recipe!

  3. Le bœuf bourguignon est un de mes plats favorites. Comme tu bien dit, ça fait partie de la cuisine française depuis toujours et se cuisine longtemps. L’odeur qui se dégage est tellement bon! Ton plat est sublime Beeta ! J’aurais tant aimée le dégusté!


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