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Beef Bourguignon pairs fall-apart tender beef with vegetables, all simmered in a rich red wine sauce. This traditional French Burgundy beef stew is a meal you will remember, but surprisingly easy to make at home.

classic french Beef Bourguignon with carrots and mushrooms in a bowl

Why You’ll Love This Easy Beef Bourguignon Recipe

  • Rustic Yet Spectacular. Beef Bourguignon (or Boeuf Bourguignon in French) is special. It cooks for hours, like a good Crockpot Beef Stew or Braised Short Ribs, rewarding your patience by turning inexpensive beef and carrots into something truly magnificent.
  • Beef Bourguignon for the Home Cook. I wanted to make beef Bourguignon accessible to home cooks by streamlining the ingredients and reducing the cook time. I found Julia Child’s original boeuf Bourguignon and Ina Garten’s version both left me wishing for more vegetables and some of the steps felt unnecessary. I doubled up on the carrots and mushrooms, then removed ingredients that were not essential to create the best beef Bourguignon I’ve ever had.
  • Easier Than You Think. When you think French cuisine, you probably think there’s a lot of work involved. This easy beef Bourguignon recipe (along with my Chicken Fricassée and French Omelette) prove that isn’t the case! This recipe takes time, but the steps are straightforward and simple.
easy beef Bourguignon recipe in a Dutch oven

5 Star Review

“This is AMAZING! It made me feel like a real French chef. My house smelled sooo good the whole time it was cooking too!”

— Nicole —

How to Make the Best Beef Bourguignon

The Ingredients

  • Chuck Roast. Tough, marbled boneless chuck roast is the best cut of beef for beef Bourguignon. Don’t worry, it becomes tantalizingly tender during cooking. You could swap another stewing beef, such as top round roast or bottom round roast.
  • Bacon. Beef Bourguignon without bacon just isn’t the same! It adds an extra layer of savory goodness that is absolutely delicious.
  • Mushrooms. A fantastic addition to beef dishes like this one (and Beef Stroganoff).
  • Butter. Adds richness to the dish and helps thicken the gravy (plus, it’s French!).
  • Red Wine. In cooking, Bourguignon means “cooked in red wine,” which is what we’re doing in this recipe. It intensifies the flavor and helps tenderize the beef during cooking. A dry red wine is best.
  • Carrots and Onions. These humble vegetables give this French stew hearty flavor. Onion and French-cuisine lovers will enjoy this classic French Onion Soup too!
  • Tomato Paste. Helps to create a simmered all day flavor in a fraction of the time. (This trick is also used in this Crock Pot Hamburger Soup.)
  • Thyme. For an earthy, herby flavor.
  • Beef Broth. Accentuates the beef flavor and adds depth.
  • All-Purpose Flour. If you want to make this beef Bourguignon gluten-free, you can experiment with substituting the flour for cornstarch. Whisk 1 tablespoon together with 3 tablespoons water or stock to create a slurry, then add to the stew. Then, add the butter.

Ingredient Note

Truly authentic beef Bourguignon is made with wine from the Burgundy region of France that contains 100% pinot noir grapes. If you’re lucky enough to have a bottle of this fantastic wine on hand, great! Otherwise, choose any pinot noir wine you enjoy.

The Directions

  1. Prep the Beef. Cut the beef chuck into 1-inch cubes. Dry and season the beef.
Bacon sizzling in a Dutch oven
  1. Cook the Bacon and Mushrooms. Start with the bacon then sauté the mushrooms and butter in the pot with the bacon drippings. Remove to a plate.
  2. Cook the Beef. Sear the beef until browned on all sides. Transfer beef to the plate with the bacon. Repeat with any remaining beef. Stir in about 1/4 of the wine.
Cut carrots and onions in a Dutch oven
  1. Add Some Veggies. Sauté the carrots and onions, then add the remaining stew ingredients.
French Beef Bourguignon cooking in a Dutch oven
  1. Simmer Then Bake. Lay the sprigs of thyme on top. Let simmer. Cover and bake beef Bourguignon at 250 degrees F for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Mashed butter and flour in a bowl
  1. Thicken. Return the pot to the stovetop. Mash the butter and flour together, then add the mixture to the pot.
A Dutch oven of easy beef Bourguignon simmering
  1. Finish. Add the pearl onions and remaining mushrooms. Bring the beef bourguignon to a boil, then let simmer. Remove the thyme. ENJOY!

Wine Pairing

Pair this beef Bourguignon with a red Burgundy (best choice!). Or, try a full-bodied pinot noir, merlot, or cabernet sauvignon.

A bowl of boeuf Bourguignon with mushrooms and red wine

What to Serve with Beef Bourguignon

A bowl of classic French beef Bourguignon with bread slices

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Get That Perfect Sear. Start by patting the beef dry. When the beef is dry on the outside, you can get a better sear on it. Then, when you’re cooking the beef, work in batches. Crowding the pan also gets in the way of searing because it creates too much steam.
  • Cook the Tomato Paste. When you add the garlic and tomato paste, you’ll cook for 30 seconds before moving onto the next step. Cooking tomato paste is one of those little hacks that helps take your meals to the next level. Similar to blooming spices, it adds a surprising amount of depth and dimension!
  • Deglaze the Pan. Another trick that adds flavor to this beef Bourguignon recipe? Deglazing! When you pour in the wine, the acidity helps loosen the cooked-on bits on the bottom and sides of the pan. Add the wine, let it sit for about 30 seconds, then use a wooden turner (which looks like a wooden spoon, but with a flat edge on the bottom) or spoon to scrape until there’s nothing left sticking to the pan.
The best beef Bourguignon without potatoes in a bowl

Beef Bourguignon

4.77 from 43 votes
How to make beef Bourguignon, a classic French beef stew with fall-apart tender beef, carrots, mushrooms, and onion in a rich red wine sauce.

Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 30 minutes

Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 1/4 pounds boneless chuck roast cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt plus additional to taste
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper plus additional to taste
  • 5 slices thick-cut bacon cut into pieces (5 to 6 ounces)
  • 32 ounces baby bella mushrooms sliced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 bottle dry red wine (750 ml) such as Pinot Noir, divided
  • 2 pounds carrots scrubbed and cut diagonally into 3/4-inch slices (I leave the peels on)
  • 2 yellow onions thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves minced garlic about 1 tablespoon
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 can reduced-sodium beef broth (15-ounces) divided, plus additional as needed
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme tied into a bundle
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 10 to 12 ounces frozen pearl onions no need to thaw
  • Chopped fresh parsley for serving
  • Toasted baguette slices for serving

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 250℉. Make sure to position the racks so that you can fit a large Dutch oven inside with its lid on.
  • With paper towels, pat the beef dry. Season with 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon black pepper.
  • Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook, stirring occasionally, until the bacon is browned and beginning to turn crisp and the fat has rendered, about 10 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove the bacon to a large plate.
  • Add the mushrooms and 1 tablespoon butter to the pot. Stir to combine. Sauté over medium low until the mushrooms are nicely browned and have given up their liquid, about 8 minutes. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and stir coat. Let cook 30 additional seconds. Transfer to a separate plate or bowl that is separate from the bacon.
  • Increase the Dutch oven to medium-high heat. Add a single layer of beef cubes (be careful the cubes do not touch—you’ll need to work in batches) and sear until the beef is nicely browned on all sides, about 3 to 5 minutes (you do not need to cook it all the way through). Remove to the plate with the bacon. Repeat with remaining beef (take your time here and don’t overcrowd the pan. It’s worth it!).
  • Carefully pour in about 1/4 of the bottle of wine. With a wooden spoon, stir to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot (the dark stuff on the bottom is flavor!).
  • Reduce the heat to medium. Add the carrots, onion slices, and the remaining 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Saute the onions and carrots until the onions are lightly browned, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in the garlic and tomato paste and cook for 30 seconds, until very fragrant.
  • Return the beef and bacon to the pot, along with any juices that have collected on the plate. Add the remaining wine and broth.
  • Add the thyme. Increase the heat to bring the liquid to a simmer. Cover, then carefully transfer the pot to the oven. Bake the boeuf bourguignon for 1 hour and 15 minutes. The meat and vegetables should feel fork-tender.
  • Place the pot back on the stove. In a small bowl, mash the butter and flour together with a fork. Stir it into the stew.
  • Stir in the pearl onions and reserved mushrooms. Bring the stew to a boil, then lower the heat and let simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the herb bundle. Taste and adjust salt and pepper as desired. Sprinkle with fresh parsley. Serve hot with toasted baguette slices for soaking up the broth.

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Notes

  • TO STORE: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight storage container for up to 3 days.
  • TO REHEAT: Rewarm beef Bourguignon in a Dutch oven on the stovetop over medium-low heat or in the microwave.
  • TO FREEZE: Freeze leftovers in an airtight, freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
  • TO MAKE AHEAD: Up to 1 day in advance, cut the beef, bacon, carrots, onion, and garlic as directed. Store each separately in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 6)Calories: 712kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 44gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 147mgPotassium: 2102mgFiber: 7gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 25503IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 140mgIron: 5mg

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  1. I just finished making this a day ahead for Christmas Eve, and I’m concerned because it is not a thicker gravy like some of my stews. It is more a “broth” consistency. Is this how it is supposed to be? If not, do you have any suggestions? Thank you!

    1. Hi Ellen, it won’t be a super thick gravy but you could always add more flour if you like a thicker consistency. Enjoy!

  2. This stew was pure magic this Christmas. I am not a cooker of slabs of meat, but I knew that my family would appreciate a beef dish for Christmas dinner. I bought pre-cut stew meat for this and still got away with feeling fancy enough for a holiday meal. Of all the things I made, THIS got rave reviews. Husband: “this is the best stew I’ve ever eaten in my life.” Dad: “you can make this anytime!” WIN!!5 stars

  3. This has become our traditional holiday time meal. My husband looks forward to it every year! This year, I got to share it with my brother and sister-in-law as the meal they had after driving all day to make it in time for the holidays. It warms everyone up and is delicious! Also, 6 kiddos approved!5 stars

  4. Your recipe for Beef Bourguignon is so so good. I made it for eight people last night for a Progressive Dinner Party and everyone raved about it. I followed the ingredient list and the instructions and your instructions were clear and easy to follow. I have now put this recipe in Family Favourites. Thank you and Happy New Year5 stars

  5. This dish is fantastic! My husband said this is the only stew he will eat! I did cook it at a slightly higher temp and for a longer time and the meat was so tender!!5 stars

  6. This stew is fantastic. The smell, the favor, and the consistency is great. Only feedback I have is that the beef is not as fall apart as it should be. Next time I make this I made myself a note to cook it slower and lower in the oven. I think 3.5 hours at 200 degrees because it was very tough to chew. It was better when reheated but still not easy to chew.4 stars

    1. Hi Gina, you can definitely give it a try. All ovens and pots can be different so while ours didn’t need additional time, yours might. Glad you enjoyed it!

  7. Is it 250 degrees in oven ? Or a typo ? It was not ready for me, as meat not tender at all and veggies were crunchy. Guess more time needed or higher oven temp. It did smell amazing. Thanks4 stars

    1. I’m sorry to hear that you had trouble with the recipe, Anny. Yes it is correct. The timing has worked well for myself (and others) so I wished it would have been a hit for you too! I know it can be so disappointing to try a new recipe and it does not turn out for you.

    1. Penny, I am afraid I’ve never tested it that way so I can’t at all advise; I do have slow cooker notes on my Braised Short Ribs, which is also a hearty beef stew, if you want to check those out instead.

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