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Slow Cooked Beef Stew with Red Wine, Carrots and Tomatoes

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This delicious, comforting Slow Cooked Beef Stew with Red Wine is the most unforgettable of all the Stew Recipes I’ve made! The layers of flavor from wine, Cognac, herbs, beef, and bacon will definitely tantalize your taste buds and have you yearning for more.

One of my dearest friends found this recipe deep in the archives of my blog. Her family immediately dubbed it Lizzy Bourguignon after she served it for dinner. The ultimate compliment. I thought it was worth re-sharing with new photos along with numerous tips on how to make beef stew

Overhead view Beef Stew with red wine in a white bowl

Slow Cooked Beef Stew Recipe

This slow-cooked dish featuring big chunks of chuck, red wine, lots of shallots and garlic, bacon, carrots, and tomatoes brings a French bistro aroma to your kitchen and a thrill to your palate. There’s something so old-fashioned and comforting about beef stew recipes. This version is more elegant than your typical stew, you’ll find a few extra ingredients that push it over the top— including Cognac and even a bit of orange zest. It will definitely impress your family and friends! And if you’re looking for another slow-cooked beef recipe, check out my ultimate pot roast recipe!

Beef stew with carrots and a sprig of thyme with a dinner roll on a white plate

How to Make Beef Stew

  • First, purchase a good cut of meat for stew. I recommend a chuck roast, and it’s best to buy it whole and cut it into cubes yourself. Chuck roast is flavorful with good marbling along with lots of collagen-rich connective tissue which helps keep the beef moist and tender. Chuck must be cooked slowly or else it will be tough.
  • Cut your own beef stew meat. Cutting the roast into 1 1/2 inch cubes only takes a few minutes and you can easily remove any excess fat. Plus your pieces will be consistent sizes, which lets them brown and cook evenly, and not made up of different cuts of beef as can happen with grocery store stew meat.
  • Check the recipe for additions that will add layers of flavor, including aromatics like onions, garlic and/or shallots, bacon, tomatoes, herbs, wine and/or liquor. All of these add a desired umami or what’s known as the 5th category of taste along with sweet, salty, bitter and sour!
  • Red wine and Cognac add an amazing depth of flavor along with a couple of strips of orange zest. These make for the Best Beef Stew Recipe in my repertoire!
  • Season along the way. Salting the beef before you brown it will go much further in flavor development than adding salt to the finished beef stew.
  • This stew is cooked in the oven and stirred every 45 minutes. PRO-Tip: For a hands-off version, AKA Crockpot Beef Stew, add it to your crockpot or slow cooker instead of placing the stew in the oven. Cook in a slow cooker for 3-5 hours on high (check at 2 1/2 to see if the meat is tender) or 6-8 hours on low.

Can You Overcook Beef Stew?

Yes, you can as overcooking dries out the beef and evaporates the flavorful juices. It’s much harder to overcook in a slow cooker, but since this beef stew recipe is stirred every 45 minutes, it’s easy to evaluate the amount of liquid remaining and tenderness of the beef.

Can You Freeze Beef Stew?

Beef stew can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, but it can easily be frozen for up to 3 months. The vegetables will break apart more easily after the stew is defrosted, and potatoes don’t especially freeze well. So be gentle with stirring while reheating the previously frozen beef stew.

I think Bill, my designated dishwasher, wishes I’d make one-pot meals, like stew recipes every day. His eyes glaze over every time he walks in the kitchen after an exhausting day at work. It typically looks like a tornado blew all the pots, pans and measuring utensils right out of the cupboards. But if he cooked, and I cleaned, we’d be going to bed hungry. Just ask my oldest about the “rice” incident…when his dad cooked dinner using little to no seasonings on anything. Tom gave up rice for years afterward. So make your dishwasher happy and try this scrumptious slow-cooked beef stew!

 

More of Our Favorite Beef Recipes:

Beef Stew with carrots and orange slices in a white bowl with a red handled fork

Slow Cooked Beef Stew with Red Wine, Carrots and Tomatoes

An elegant beef stew recipe that will please the whole family!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Yield 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3-pound boneless beef chuck roast, cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 slices thick bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8-10 shallots, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Cognac
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped, about a tablespoon
  • 2 hefty sprigs of thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 2 cups hearty red wine
  • 1 14 1/2-oz can whole, peeled tomatoes
  • 2 strips orange zest, peel 2-inch pieces with a vegetable peeler
  • 1-2 pounds thin carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, optional, to garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325º.
  2. Heat the oil and bacon together in a Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring as needed till the bacon is browned, but not crisp. Remove the bacon to a plate. Season the beef with salt and pepper and brown in batches, then remove to plate with the bacon. Remove all but 1 tablespoon of the fat in the pan (add a bit of olive oil if your pan is dry).
  3. Add the shallots, season with salt and pepper and cook till soft. Add the brandy cook till it evaporates. Add the tomato paste, garlic, and herbs, stirring to combine and cook for a minute. Add the wine and bring to a boil. Add the tomatoes and juice and break the tomatoes into chunks with spatula. Add the orange zest, and return the beef, bacon and juices to the pot. Finally, add the carrots, bring to a simmer, cover, and place into the oven.
  4. Cook the stew, stirring every 45 minutes, until the meat is tender, 2 to 3 hours. Before serving, skim off any fat, taste for salt and pepper, and stir in the parsley if using (I sprinkled on for garnish).

Notes

!Recipe adapted from Molly Stevens

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 807Total Fat: 41gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 192mgSodium: 410mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 9gSugar: 13gProtein: 62g

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Overhead view of Slow Cooked Beef Stew with Red Wine, Carrots and Tomatoes

This post was originally shared in October 2013. Photos and text were updated in 2020.

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64 comments on “Slow Cooked Beef Stew with Red Wine, Carrots and Tomatoes”

  1. Your stew sounds great and I’ll bet the house smells wonderful too! Love the addition of bacon:@)

  2. Lizzy Bourguignon is indeed high praise and praise you deserve! I can just see your family defrosting from a chilly day with your comforting stew =)

    P.s. Hope your dad is better.

  3. Lizzy, I have just bookmarked this recipe! Looks great and I bet it tastes great. Lizzy Bourguinon indeed!

  4. This beef stew looks and sounds incredible with all these wonderful herbs and flavors – I can see why it was dubbed Lizzy Bourguignon πŸ™‚ Love one pot meals, definitely helps with the cleanup effort afterwards πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend!

  5. Great soup recipe for the season,looks and sound flavorful.

  6. I have yet to convince my husband to be the dishwasher. I’m jealous that you have! Love the name Lizzy Bourguignon your friend gave it πŸ™‚ Sounds like a great stew.

  7. My family would love this. I’m thinking this would be a great recipe for guests too.

  8. This is a classically wonderful-looking beef stew photo. It reminds me of the beef stews my mother made on Sundays (always on a Sunday) as I was growing up. Just love your recipes, photos, and site.

  9. This does look amazing…like a little “welcome”! I love that it’s one-pot (but not as much as Bill does, I’m sure…). πŸ™‚

  10. Great recipe! Nice, stick-to-your-ribs stuff in there~

  11. Yum! I love slowly cooked beef in red wine. It’s so French! And, it’s usually a pretty easy dish to cook!

  12. Everything about this recipe makes me want to dive in! I love the large chunks. Beautiful photographs!

  13. Yummy! How beautiful is your stew?!

  14. Beef stew would be welcome here tonight it is finally cooling off enough in the evening. Hope you are having a great weekend my dear. Too bad I couldn’t go to Seattle and meet up with you ladies, it looked like a blast.
    -Gina-

  15. What a gorgeous photo and dish. Perfect for fall and winter. My husband really wishes I would make one-pot meals on a regular night too since he’s the head of the dishwashing department…

  16. Your stew looks incredible! This is a perfect weekend dish! I can see having some nice crusty french bread with it! Yum!

  17. A red wine beef stew sounds delicious and your photos are making my mouth water!

  18. Love the name Lizzy Bourguignon. It is that time of year for dishes like this. It looks fabulous!

  19. Lizzy Bourguignon is such a great name for this! I’m actually going to be making Beef Bourguignon for a dinner party next weekend (I think I’ll serve it on mashed potatoes this time – haven’t done that in ages). I’ve made my version with cognac before, but it’s been ages since I’ve done that. I think I’ll give that a try again. And I usually put a whole bottle of wine in mine! Really great recipe – such good stuff. Thanks so much.

  20. Oh, slow cooked beef stew sounds perfect for Sunday dinner.

  21. I can never say no to a great slow cooked recipe, thanks for sharing!

  22. These are the things that perfect fall days are made of. I can imagine how wonderful your kitchen must smell. And what a lovely compliment from your dearest friend. I know my hubby would be in heaven if I made this for him!

  23. This looks amazing Liz! I love Slow Cooked Beef stew! So delicious! Have a wonderful week my sweet friend!

  24. Doesn’t that look divine!! Thanks for sharing on #SundaySupper!! A real winner of a dish!!

  25. Lizzy Bourguignon!! I love it! Perfect. . and looks so delicious! Now this is comfort food to the max. Love it!

  26. Hahaha – it sounds like our husbands should start some sort of support group – Blog Husbands Sick and Tired of All The Dishes πŸ˜‰

  27. This looks like a very warming and comforting meal and I’m sure it smells wonderful while it’s cooking. I love the name of the dish! xx

  28. Oh yum – glad you re-shared this one. Reminds me of Julie & Julia.

  29. What a perfect stew! Sounds so Savory and wonderful!

  30. Yummy – comfort food! Can’t go wrong with that for the family. Love the bacon in there and most of the additives. I’m bookmarking this one, Lizzy! Thank you! πŸ™‚

  31. I love beef stew, and yours look fantastic, Lizzy! I just listed all the missing ingredients and I’m going to try this tomorrow dinner! I can hardly wait!!

  32. Love those big chunks of beef!!!!!

  33. What a beautiful stew! This looks so incredible (and as always, your pictures are amazing!!)

  34. Such a hearty and comforting meal. Perfect for a chilly fall night. After a long weekend of travel, it was nice to end my Sunday here. I hope you have a wonderful start to your week!

  35. I love that your friend named this dish Lizzy Bourguignon!!

    Great story and yummy recipe!!

  36. The beef stew looks hearty, warming and dang flavourful!

  37. Dear Lizzy, That looks delicious!! I would love to dip some crusty good bread and enjoy!!
    Blessings dearest. Catherine xo

  38. Oh this looks so good!
    I haven’t made this classic dish for ages.

  39. I love beef stew, wonderful flavors!

  40. I love a good stew and yours looks amazing!

  41. What a aromatic, hearty stew, Liz! I so want this for dinner.

  42. I love beef stew , such a hearty and comforting dish ! Yours look drool-worthy and the generous red wine sounds wonderful πŸ˜€

  43. I just made beef stew last Saturday… next time I trying it your way. πŸ™‚ It looks really rich and delicious. πŸ™‚

  44. I can relate so much to the exploded kitchen. How can I use SO many things, even when making one recipe? The days when I thouroughly clean my kitchen, I sometimes want to give up cooking and have a spotless one every day. My resolution lasts about an hour..lol! Beef bourguignon is probably the best stew ever! Pinning this recipe right now!

  45. One of the ultimate comfort foods and yes, one pot meals are great! I’ve made beef stew at least twice in the last two weeks as our weather cools down. One of these days I’ll actually get to photograph it before it gets devoured so I can get it up on my blog. πŸ™‚

  46. This stew looks like perfection! Beautiful photos and I love the name Lizzy Bourguignon! Thank you for sharing Liz!

  47. There isn’t much like a classic beef stew. Though I don’t eat beef anymore I can smell it from here. It smells warm and savory and makes the house smell like home. Great recipe!

  48. I’ll do the dishes if you make this for me πŸ™‚ Great idea to break some favorite recipes out of the archives. My mom and I both do all the cooking, baking, and dishes. Dad just gets to eat. Lucky guy!

  49. Mmm, I’ve been craving beef stew lately. I might have to make a batch of this for myself since my hubby doesn’t eat beef. Look so perfect for a cold night!!!

  50. We have a rule in our family that he or she who cooks does not need to wash up but it’s rather gone by the wayside since the girls left home for college and beyond. Not that their father is unwilling or unable, far from it, but it just goes faster if we both pitch in. Your lovely stew would be worth a few dirtied pots, Liz. It must taste all the more delicious for only dirtying one.

  51. “Lizzy Bourguignon” <– that's adorable! And a great name! Your stew looks amazing, Liz. This is the perfect meal. My mother in law makes something very similar and we're always very happy when she sends us home with lots of left overs. One pot meals are the best. There's only my husband and I yet every night, there's a mountain of dishes. How is that possible?! Fortunately for me, my husband is a better cook than I am and he's willing to do it in exchange for me cleaning. Fair deal I think. I'm going to print this recipe out and have him make it for me!

  52. Liz, I want to eat at your house! This sounds to me like the absolute perfect one pot dish for any Sunday!

  53. This looks super tasty and an awesome hearty dish on a cool evening! Love me my slow cooked recipes! Thanks for sharing!

  54. That is certainly a beautiful stew that I could almost every week !

  55. Bobby, my designated dishwasher also love one pot meals. πŸ™‚ I bet the flavors of this stew are intense. The meat looks like it would melt in your mouth.

  56. I am a sucker to all kinds of beef stews and your red wine beef stew is making me drool like crazy right now! I love all the spices you use in this stew recipe and I have no doubt that this is very flavorful. Thanks for sharing this hearty dish!

  57. Maybe I’m slow on the uptake, but is there a temp for the oven? Looks delicious.

  58. This is a fancier version of the one my mom makes, I bet its amazing

  59. Oh, I just love food like this. And this is one of my husband’s favorite meals. It’s Fall food, most certainly. Gone are the salads of fresh tomatoes and basil of Summer, and on to the comfort food! I bet your version is fabulous.

  60. I just love this beef stew and I bet with the additional of red wine will make the taste greater. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful recipe, Liz!

  61. The wine adds such a depth and richness to this wonderful stew! I wish I could give it more stars!

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