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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 325ΒΊ.
  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

Nutrition Information:



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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. 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.

  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! 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!!!

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