Slow cooker Beef Bourguignon

It’s hard to come up with new and different slow cooker beef recipes. I’m part of a slow cooker Facebook group with over 13,000 members, so the recipes are diverse, different and sometimes downright odd. But there’s never a dull moment or lack of inspiration, if you’re a slow cooking fan, that is. And that I am.

Whats that, you say? Another dish that features red wine? You may think I’m a little taken with the red grape beverage, and that I only have eyes for red wine, that I can’t cook without it. Not at all true. Sometimes I cook with white. Who doesn’t love a beef Bourguignon, unctuous melt in the mouth beef, deep rich red wine gravy, salty speck, caramelised mushrooms, smooth buttery mashed potatoes…bring it on.



  • 750gms chuck steak
  • 300gms field mushrooms
  • a chunk of speck, or a couple of bacon rashers
  • 1c red wine
  • 1c tomato passata
  • 2tsp Dijon mustard
  • fresh herbs, I picked rosemary, thyme, oregano and a bay leaf from my herb patch
  • 1 onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • a sweet potato
  • I added some black garlic and onion jam as it was in my fridge

Chop everything up. My slow cooker has a searing insert so I can brown stuff on the stovetop and then reduce the juices later for thick delicious gravies. I brown the onions and garlics, then add the beef and brown it too.


Get your little helper to check it's all going good.
Get your little helper to check it’s all going good.


Into the pot goes all the other ingredients, bar the speck and mushies, I did these at the end. Cook on low for 7 – 8 hours, or until your beef is tender and comes apart with a spoon.

Cut up the speck into small batons and fry til lightly brown, add the sliced mushrooms and fry til the speck is crispy and the mushrooms caramelised.


I took the sweet potato out of the stew about 5 hours in so it didn’t turn to mush, and put it back into the stew when I was reducing the gravy on the stovetop for the last 10 minutes of cooking.

Served with creamy mashed potatoes, crispy green beans and a big fat glass of cab sav.
This made enough for the 2 adults, 2 kids and 2 leftover lunches. So, only just enough. How many slow cooker meals is one allowed to cook in one week?

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