Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetables in Red Wine Sauce

Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetables simmer all day in a rich Red Wine Sauce that is out of this world. This dinner is special occasion worthy and weeknight friendly!

Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetables in a Red Wine Sauce on plate

Imagine beef and vegetables slow cooking all day in a red wine sauce that fills the house with an amazing aroma of good things to come…with very little effort on your part. Just dish it out and enjoy. It’s loaded with vegetables, so it’s a one pot meal.

This recipe is similar to Crock-Pot Beef Bourguinon (an easy version of a Julia Child specialty) since they both use beef and red wine. The Bourguinon has a French flair. On the other hand, the flavor profile of this beef stew-like recipe favors Italian cuisine with stewed tomatoes and Italian seasoning.

Make plenty! Twist arms, do what you must to have leftovers for the next day so you can make these Mini Beef Pot Pies with Crescent Rolls.

Mini Beef Pot Pies made with Crescent Rolls stacked on plate

How to Make Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetables

This dinner definitely gives off the impression that you slaved all the day in the kitchen. In reality, there is a little prep at the beginning of the process and a minor step at the end. Both are worth the time and effort.

Why do you have to brown meat before slow cooking?

This step that is not required, but is highly recommended. It’s the secret to tender beef stew meat.

Searing the beef cubes on the stove top before they go into the crock-pot will give this dish a deeper flavor. It also looks more appetizing (in my humble opinion!) To sear the beef, blot the cubes dry with a paper towel. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium high heat. Place the beef cubes in the pan and allow them to sizzle and cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side. Don’t crowd the pan. Work in batches, if necessary.

Types of Vegetables to use in Beef Stew

In my utopia there are lots of veggies in this dish…mushrooms and onion for me, green beans for my hubby and extra carrots for my darling daughters. I’ve tossed in celery, peppers and potatoes at the beginning of the process and stirred in spinach at the end. Sometimes I cut back on the meat and double the vegetables (and I’ve added chick peas too!) Customize the vegetables based upon seasonality and preferences.

Vegetables in Slow Cooker

How to Thicken Red Wine Sauce

The last step in this recipe is also very important. About 30 minutes before the end of the cook time, make a slushy mixture of water and corn starch or water and flour. Pour the “slush” or slurry mixture into the slow cooker and gently stir to incorporate. The result is a silky smooth red wine sauce. I save every last drop so I can spoon it over EVERYTHING IN SIGHT. 🙂

Crock Pot Beef and Vegetables in Red Wine Sauce in bowl

If you’re having trouble with vegetable consumption at your house, then just coat them with this red wine sauce and they will magically disappear. I pinky promise. And, if you happen to have some Crock-Pot Mashed Potatoes, spoon it on the top! 🙂

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Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetables in a Red Wine Sauce

Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetables simmer all day in a rich Red Wine Sauce that is out of this world. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time6 hrs 30 mins
Total Time6 hrs 50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: French
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 388kcal
Author: Marjory Pilley

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon oil canola or vegetable
  • 2 pounds beef shoulder roast cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion cut into large slices
  • 8 ounces mushrooms sliced in half or into thirds if large
  • 2 handfuls of baby carrots or 2-3 large carrots cut into 1-2 inch pieces.
  • 2 handfuls of green beans trimmed and cut in smaller pieces
  • 1 15 ounce can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 cup beef broth vegetable or chicken broth is ok too
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 3 Tablespoons flour or 1 1/2 Tablespoons corn starch for gluten-free version

Instructions

  • Heat oil over medium high heat in a large pan.
  • Blot meat dry with a paper towel and then transfer it (in batches, if necessary) to the pan.
  • Sear beef cubes for 1 to 3 minutes on each side.
  • As beef cubes are done, transfer them to a crock pot.
  • Add onions, mushrooms, carrots, beans and tomatoes to the crock pot.
  • Stir broth, wine, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper together in a small bowl and then pour over beef and vegetables.
  • Cook 4-5 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.
  • About 30 minutes before serving time, stir together flour and cold water (or corn starch and water) and create a slushy mixture.
  • Add slush mixture to the crock pot and stir into beef and vegetables.
  • Cook for 30 minutes more and then enjoy!

Notes

Dish is gluten-free if corn starch is used as the thickening agent.
This recipe is the perfect filling for Mini Beef Pot Pies made with Crescent Rolls.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 388kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 641mg | Potassium: 1093mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 125.2% | Vitamin C: 16.9% | Calcium: 8.3% | Iron: 38.1%

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Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetables in Red Wine Sauce is perfect for a special occasion dinner but is weeknight friendly. #slowcooker #dinner #dinnermom

Comments

  1. I am loving this pot pie idea

  2. I love using my slow cooker and even more I love having left overs! Your beef looks perfectly tender and that sauce on it looks fabulous too!

  3. Amazing comfort food! <3 Love this!

  4. Mmmmm crock pot recipes are my favorite!

  5. Oh, so much inspiration here! Now I’ve got to get out my crock pot and get cooking. Love the beef pockets…they look so good, Marjorie!!

  6. Yes – You are right – I DO need this recipe in my life! Love the little pasty pockets!

  7. A big “YES!” to packing these little potpies with tons of veggies, particularly mushrooms. These look fantastic!

  8. I love those little pot pies!! So adorable!

  9. Ooooh. I totally miss crescent rolls! I know you can make them homemade but they’re never as good as Pillsbury. 😉 Love the red wine sauce in this!

  10. Gotta love a meal that can be repurposed the next night!

  11. Making this again for a special dinner. The red wine sauce is outstanding!

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