Beef Bourguignon

When my kids were younger, I made Julia Child’s Beef Bourguignon and I’ll never forget my youngest son’s reaction – “Mom, this is the best thing I’ve ever tasted.” The dish is a little time intensive, so it’s not something I make often, but the result is well worth the time spent! This dark, rich dish remains one of my family’s favorites.

So, if you have a special occasion, or if you’re entertaining friends and family, give this dish a try!

Beef Bourguignon

Serves 6

Beef Bourguignon


  • 6 ounces of chunk bacon (cut into lardons)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 lbs. lean stewing beef (rump roast, sirloin tip or chuck roast are cuts that work; cut into 2 inch cubes)
  • 1 sliced carrot
  • 1 sliced onion
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 3 cups full bodied wine (like a Chianti)
  • 2-3 cups beef stock or canned beef bouillon
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 cloves mashed garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 1 crumbled bay leaf
  • 18-25 small pearl onions (braised in stock)
  • 1 lb. fresh mushrooms sautéed in butter


  1. Simmer bacon lardons in 4 cups water for 10 minutes. Drain and pat dry.
  2. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  3. In a large dutch oven or 9-10 inch fireproof casserole dish, sauté bacon in 1 tablespoon of oil for about 2-3 minutes to brown lightly. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  4. Dry the beef in paper towels for better browning. In batches, sear the beef on all sides in the Dutch oven. Set aside with the bacon.
  5. Back in the pot (in the same fat), add the sliced carrots and onions; sauté in fat until browned, about 3 minutes. Pour out the sautéing fat.
  6. Return the bacon and beef back to the pot. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. ground pepper, then sprinkle with flour and toss. Place in the center of the oven for 4 minutes. (this browns the flour and covers the meat with a light crust)
  7. Remove pot from oven; toss beef and place back in the oven for 4 more minutes.
  8. Remove the pot from the oven and reduce the heat to 325°F.
  9. Stir the wine and stock into the pot. The liquid should barely cover the meat and vegetables. Add the tomato paste, garlic and thyme. Bring to a light simmer on the stove, then cover and simmer in the lower part of the oven for 3 to 4 hours, or until the meat is easily pierced.
  10. In the last hour of cooking, bring 1 1/2 tbsp. butter and 2 tsp. oil to a medium heat in a sauté pan. Add the pearl onions and toss around in the fat until they've browned, 10 minutes. Then stir in 1/2 cup beef stock, a small pinch of salt and pepper and the herb bouquet. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the onions for about 40 minutes, until the liquid has evaporated and the onions are tender.
  11. Remove the onions and set aside. Discard the herb bouquet and wipe out the skillet. Add the remaining butter and oil and bring to a medium heat.
  12. Add the mushrooms and cook for about 5 minutes, shaking the pan to coat with the butter.
  13. Place a colander over a large pot. Drain the beef stew through the colander and into the pot. Place the pot with the sauce over a medium heat and simmer for about 5 minutes, skimming the fat from the top. Pour the beef and vegetables back into the dutch oven. Add the pearl onions and mushrooms to the pot. Pour the sauce over the beef mix and simmer an additional 3 to 5 minutes.
  14. Garnish with parsley and serve with potatoes, rice or noodles.


  1. Marnessa

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! Looks very tasty! Look forward to trying something new this winter!

  2. Stacey (BraveWidowMama)

    My absolute favorite thing to make! My kids don’t know what plain beef stew tastes like since I never stew beef without wine.

  3. Lisa Carnevale

    Thank you for this recipe! Great reminder of a Julia classic for the colder weather at our doorsteps! I made your seafood boil and my family is still talking about it! I had the pleasure of meeting Julia Child in a restaurant in Boston many years ago. She was seated right next to me in a French Bistro! I was so excited to see her, as I grew up with her cooking show on our TV all the time! My parents loved to cook and were very good at it! I watched her with other people asking for her autograph, (I never like to bother someone at dinner) and she was so friendly and charming. I decided that my parents would be over the moon for her autograph! That was the real deal back then before cell phones! I walked over and told her how much my parents enjoyed her show and her cooking and she asked me their names and wrote the sweetest note to them on a napkin! My late Mom and Dad cherished that napkin and it is in her cookbook to this day! I will make this recipe and think of all three of them with love! Thanks MaryBeth!

  4. Michelle Gray

    I love Beef Bourguignon, i have cooked this before, it is also really nice cooked in a slow cooker, thanks for sharing.

  5. This is right up my alley now that Boston has a chill in the air! This will be in line for my Sunday Fall & Winter cooking. I love when you post recipes! Thanks you! I’ll tweet a photo when I make it! ~ PaulaP

  6. Nancy McCarthy

    This sounds and looks wonderful. Looks perfect for a Fall Sunday meal. Thank you for sharing. Can’t wait to try it!

  7. Looks like a perfect dish on these chilly days especially when company comes. One of those great comfort foods

  8. It would be fun to spend the time to make such a complicated dish! I think I missed something, though. The instructions say to take out the “herb bouquet.” What is the “herb bouquet”? Thanks, Mary Beth! I love you on Days!

  9. Looks delish!! I love soups and stews. Now, if it will only cool off in Oklahoma 🤔😂

  10. Andrea Welmaker

    My family will love this!
    I’m always looking for something new to cook when my parents or in laws come into town to visit. This will be perfect to try next time! Thank you Mary Beth!

  11. Looks and sounds delicious Mary Beth! Thanks for sharing! This may have to be something I try to make soon since it’s getting colder out and that looks like yummy comfort food!

  12. Susan Nolen (Suzzy1969)

    Oh this looks really yummy!… can’t wait to try this!…always love when you post recipes!…. thanks for sharing Mary Beth!…looks delicious!… yum!

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