Slow cooker beef bourguignon, easy & healthy

Slow cooker beef bourguignon, easy & healthy

Slow cooker beef bourguignon, easy & healthy

I really thought it was about time we had another slow cooker (or crockpot if you’re from the US) recipe on the blog! After much consideration I settled on  a classic, Slow cooker beef bourguignon. 

Sounds fancy pants doesn’t it? Well it’s really great, rich red wine gravy with falling apart tender beef that literally melts in the mouth. It’s stuffed with mushrooms, carrots and beautiful fresh herbs – YUM!! 

A real winter warmer!

Please trust me it tastes so delicious,  AND it’s super easy and once you’ve done the initial browning off  of the beef,  you simply chuck it in the slow cooker and go off any enjoy your day (or go to work – boooooo) – love that! 


Why Slow Cooker / Crockpot Meals? 

Well they are the best thing for busy people, really they are. 

You simply do a little prep, pop it all in the slow cooker, leave for anywhere between 4-8 hours (depending on the recipe) and leave it all alone!! 

Then you have a wonderful warm dinner prepared – voila 


So what is Beef bourguignon? 

Beef bourguignon or bœuf bourguignon, also called beef Burgundy, and bœuf à la Bourguignonne, is a beef stew braised in red wine, often red Burgundy, and beef stock, typically flavored with carrots, onions, garlic, and a bouquet garni, and garnished with pearl onions, mushrooms, and bacon. Wikipedia

(mine doesn’t have pearl onions, but yours could) 

How to make Slow cooker beef bourguignon 

It’s easy 

Step 1 

Fry off you onions, bacon pieces & garlic in 1 cal cooking spray – colour gives more flavour to the dish, tip it in the slow cooker 

Slow cooker beef bourguignon - bacon, onions & garlic


Step 2 

In the same pan fry off your floured  meat quickly – again to add maximum flavour to your bourguignon. tip that too into the slow cooker 


Slow cooker beef bourguignon browning meat


Step 3 

Add your other ingredients and stock, pop the lid on and cook on low for 8 hours (ready often after 6 hours) 

Slow cooker beef bourguignon - in the slow cooker before cook


Step 4 

Thicken the gravy with cornflour or gravy granules to required thickness / consistency – yum 


What to serve with your Beef Bourguignon?

I like mine with mashed potatoes – always and some crisp cabbage – delicious 

It already has mushrooms and carrots in  so I usually find one extra vegetable and mash is enough 

Or alternatively made just simply with a big piece of crusty French bread 🙂 


Slow cooker beef bourguignon - close up served with mash


The Deets for your Beef bourguignon

As long as your braising steak is lean and all visible fat is removed it’s free (be careful here to get lean steak) 

  • Your stock cubes are free 
  • Your veggies are free 
  • 25g plain flour 4 
  • 125ml Red Wine is 5
  • 1 level tablespoons cornflour is 1 

= 10 – so 2 Syns per portion 

****However I am not a Slimming World consultant  (or linked to SW at all) so you need to check yourself 


How long can I store my Beef Bourguignon in the fridge? 

Make sure your left over beef bourguignon is cooled down and cold 

Then place it in an airtight container or plastic bag – with the air squeezed out and place in the refrigeration 

Use within 3 days – and reheat in a saucepan for approx 10-15 minutes until piping hot all the way through 


Can I freeze my leftover Beef Bourguignon? 

Yes you can – it freezes perfectly 

Simply pop your lefty over beef bourguignon into an airtight container and use within 1 month

To reheat – defrost overnight in the fridge, then heat in a saucepan for approx 10 minutes until piping hot all the way through

Slow Cooker Choice 

Lots of people ask me about which slow cooker I would recommend 

Well it has to be this one, it has a sear function for browning – so a lot less washing up and a way more flavour for your recipes

Morphy Richards 3.5L Sear & Stew Slow Cooker, Shatter Resistant Aluminium Pot, 3 Heat Settings, Hob Proof, Easy Clean, 163W, Black, 461020.







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Come over and join this great honest community Facebook for Easy Peasy Slimming Recipes if you’re interested

 Just use the join button if you like real home cooked tasty easy food!!

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Big Love Clare x


Another couple of crockpot suppers

Here’s my popular recipe for Honey Garlic Chicken, it’s easy and a dump recipe too! Just look at it! 


Honey Garlic Chicken served with rice

If you love your slow cooker / crockpot and the convienence of it you might also love my Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken recipe 

And it’s the perfect recipe for both summer & winter too 


And finally Slow Cooker Beef Curry – so good! 

This curry is so delicious , falling apart beef in a perfectly blend of spices – give it a go 


A bowl of served Slow cooker beef curry with rice

Other warming family dinners

And if youre feeling like you’d like to have chicvken – then maybe check out my Easy Roast Chicken 

Also a belter 🙂 

An alternative to turkey - Christmas chicken


Dinners under 500 Cals 

And if you are looking for a hands collection of dinners under 500 cals then look no further 

The Slimming Group

I have a closed group on Facebook for Slimming Style Recipes if you’re interested called Easy Peasy Slimming  Recipes

 Just use the join button if you like real home cooked tasty easy food!!

See you there 

Big Love Cx

Slow cooker beef bourguignon - close up served with mash

Slow cooker beef bourguignon, easy!

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 457kcal
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A delicious deep flavoured slow cooked posh stew. Rich red wine gravy, melt in the mouth beef packing a massive comfort food punch


  • Slow Cooker


  • Fry Lite 1 cal spray
  • 1 Red Onion Peeled & Finely chopped
  • 4 Smoked Bacon Medallions
  • 2 Cloves Galic Peeled & Finely chopped
  • 600 grams Lean Braising steak all visable fat removed
  • 25 grams Plain Flour
  • 125 ml Red wine
  • 500 ml water
  • 2 Beef stock pots or stock cubes
  • 5 Carrots Chopped into large slices
  • 200 grams Chestnut Mushrooms halved
  • 25 grams Tomato Puree
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • Salt & Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Gravy Granules / or corn flour with water to thicken gravy


  • Using a frying pan, sprayed with one cal spray fry off your bacon, garlic and onions, approx 5 minutes. Tip this into your slow cooker
  • Next coat your beef pieces in the flour and salt & pepper, there isn't too much flour however this will help brown the meat
  • Using the same frying pan quickly batch fry your pieces to brown the meat, approx 5 minutes - do not overcrowd the pan. You can do this in two batches. Tip this in your slow cooker too
  • Next add your red wine, water and stock cubes to the slow cooker, followed by your large carrots slices, mushroom halves, tomato puree and fresh herbs
  • Give it a quick stir
  • Pop the lid on and cook on low for 8 hours (often ready after 6)
  • Once cooked add a table spoon of gravy granules to achieve the thickness you like. Then you're all ready to serve
  • Check the seasoning and adjust accordingly with salt & pepper if necessary


*** All nutritional information is approximate and intended as a guide 


Nutrition Facts
Slow cooker beef bourguignon, easy!
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.






  1. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious, so tasty & filling! Very easy to make after a little bit of prep which takes hardly any time. Switch on the slow cooker & go!

    1. Oh fab to hear x thank you

  2. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious & so easy to prep. Another fave of ours!

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious & my go to BB recipe each time, super quick, easy & moreish

    1. Fab to hear – thanks x

  4. Can’t wait to make this

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