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Slow Cooked Beef Stew with Red Wine, Carrots and Tomatoes

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One of my dearest friends found this recipe for Slow Cooked Beef Stew deep in the archives of my blog. Her family immediately dubbed it Lizzy Bourguignon. The ultimate compliment. I thought it was worth re-sharing  with new photos as it’s the ultimate comfort food.

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Slow Cooked Beef Stew

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. 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!


Two Bowls of Slow Cooked Beef Stew with Red Wine, Carrots and Tomatoes on a green checkered napkin

One-Pot Recipes

I think Bill, my designated dishwasher, wishes I’d make one-pot meals 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 dish washer happy and try this scrumptious slow cooked beef stew!

Slow Cooked Beef Stew with Red Wine, Carrots and Tomatoes

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


  • 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
  • 2-4 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


  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).


!Recipe adapted from Molly Stevens

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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 807 Total Fat: 41g Saturated Fat: 16g Trans Fat: 2g Unsaturated Fat: 23g Cholesterol: 192mg Sodium: 410mg Carbohydrates: 34g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 9g Sugar: 13g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 62g
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64 comments on “Slow Cooked Beef Stew with Red Wine, Carrots and Tomatoes”

  1. 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.

  2. “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!

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

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

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

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

  7. 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!

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

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

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