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Beef Bourguignon
Slow cooked and Rich

Beef Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon is a slow-cooked beef stew recipe that's incredibly flavorful, rich and delicious. A French classic that's worth the effort.

Beef Bourguignon
We first came across delicious red wine beef stew a couple of years ago when we were watching a movie, Julie & Julia. Julie recreated this fantastic beef stew called Beef Bourguignon from Julia Child and we knew immediately that one day we have to make it too. The recipe originates from France and it traditionally contains beef, red wine, mushrooms, bacon, and onion. We decided to stick to that tradition and learn more about Beef Bourguignon (we loved Joël Robuchon’s recipe - it inspired this recipe) It’s not the fastest beef stew, but it’s one of the tastiest, definitely worth the extra time spent in the kitchen.

Beef Bourguignon Recipe

Beef Bourguignon or originally, in french bœuf à la Bourguignonne is a tasty, very rich, very flavorful dish, that's perfect for cold autumn and winter days. Take your time when making this wonderful beef stew, it cooks for 2 hours and in that time it develops so much flavor. We usually make it on Saturdays or Sundays and then store leftovers for a busy week ahead.

  • tender, juicy beef that melts in your mouth
  • very rich, flavorful sauce
  • great for Sunday lunch and/or dinner
  • family-friendly
  • easy recipe to master

Beef chuck for Beef Bourguignon

Seared Beef for Beef Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon before cooking

What to serve with Beef Bourguignon

Serve Beef Bourguignon with these delicious sides: 

Making Beef Bourguignon at home


Mushrooms and bacon for Beef Bourguignon


Beef Bourguignon cooking


How to make Beef Bourguignon on a stove

Make Beef Bourguignon on the stovetop following these easy steps:

  1. Cook red wine. Add wine to a saucepan and cook for 15 minutes - Choose Pinot Noir, Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon The better the flavor, the better the taste.
  2. Sear chunks of beef. Then transfer to a plate and toss with flour - this way the sauce will be thicker and creamy.
  3. Sauté the vegetables, carrots, onion, and garlic. Add the beef and herbs.
  4. Add red wine and beef stock to the beef, cover with a lid and cook for 2 hours.
  5. Cook mushrooms and bacon in a separate pan or skillet.
  6. Stir and season with salt and pepper. Add cooked mushrooms, bacon and pearl onions to the beef.
  7. Serve with mashed potatoes, mashed cauliflower or other tasty sides.

We made this Beef Bourguignon recipe on the stove. Feel free to cook it in the oven.

Beef Bourguignon - cooked


Beef Bourguignon close up


Beef Bourguignon tender and delicious


How to make Beef Bourguignon in an oven

Instead of cooking this delicious red wine beef stew on the stove, you can transfer it in the oven and instead of cooking for 2 - 2 1/2 hours on the stove, you can cook it in the preheated oven for 2 1/2 hours - 3 hours at 140 °C or 280 °F. Add the mushrooms, bacon and pearl onions. 

Beef Bourguignon recipe


Beef Bourguignon - red wine beef stew


How to store and freeze Beef Bourguignon

You can store this delicious Beef Bourguignon in two ways.

Store any leftovers covered in an airtight container, in a fridge, for up to 4 days. Before serving, transfer to a pot and bring to a boil, then serve.

Feel free to make Beef Bourguignon months ahead and store it in the freezer. Cook the Beef Bourguignon for 2 hours, then set aside to cool. Store in freezer bags or airtight container before adding the mushrooms and bacon. Store in the freezer for up to 2 months. Before serving, transfer to a pot and bring to a boil, then serve. Then, cook the mushrooms, bacon and serve.

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Lets get cooking!

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  • cook the red wine

    Add red wine to a saucepan. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Cook for 15 minutes at a low simmer, then remove from the heat.

  • cook the beef

    Cut the beef in approx. 4 cm or 2-inch cubes. Place a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add oil and one tablespoon of butter. When the butter melts, add the beef chunks and sear in batches in the hot oil until brown on all sides, for approx. 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Peel the carrots, garlic, and onion. Cut in 1 or 1/2 inch slices. Add the vegetables to the same pot and sauté for about 5 - 8 minutes over low heat, add the tomato paste, stir to combine and cook for a minute.

  • Cook Beef Bourguignon

    Sprinkle the beef with flour and toss well. Add the beef to the vegetables in a pot. Stir to combine and cook for 5 minutes. Add bay leaf, thyme, parsley, ground black pepper, and ground cloves. Add the beef stock and stir well, on the bottom of the pot too. Add in the red wine. Season with salt, increase the heat and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover a lid and cook for 2 hours - 2 1/2 hours on low heat.

    The flour will cook and thicken the sauce.
    Tie the herbs together making a bouquet garni for easier removal later.
  • cook the bacon and mushrooms

    Remove the herbs from the Beef Bourguignon and continue to cook uncovered for 15 minutes over low heat. Add bacon cut in cubes to a separate pan or skillet. Place over medium-low heat and cook for about 4 - 5 minutes or until the bacon is crispy and golden-brown. Transfer to a plate. Add one tablespoon of butter to the same pan, along with cleaned and trimmed mushrooms, crushed clove of garlic and chopped parsley. Cook for 5 minutes on low heat. Add the bacon back to the pan with the mushrooms, stir to combine then transfer to a pot with Beef Bourguignon. Add pearl mushrooms and stir to combine.

    If the sauce is not thick enough, remove the meat and vegetables from the pot. Put the meat's sauce through a fine sieve into another saucepan and simmer for 5 - 10 minutes to thicken the sauce.
  • Beef Bourguignon

    Season Beef Bourguignon to taste with salt and pepper. Divide between four plates. Optionally sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley. Serve with your favorite side dish. We love mashed potatoes, parsnip puree or mashed cauliflower. Enjoy. 


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