Beef Wine Stew


  • 2.5 – 3 lb stew beef, cubed
  • 3 shallots
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ⅔ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 75ml (½ can) of tomato paste
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 4 cups water
  • Olive oil
  • ½ cup butter
  • Bay leafs
  • Thyme


If cooking in an oven add all ingredients to the pan, add the sauce simmering to the pan once it has come to a boil, and cook 2 hours at 325F, then optionally add carrots and potatoes and continue cooking for 1 hour, or until the meat is fork-tender, the broth is thickened, and the carrots and potatoes are tender.

Below steps are for a slow cooker.

  • On medium-high heat, add olive oil in a large pot, enough to fry
  • Sear beef cubes in small batches on two sides, don’t overcrowd, add to slow cooker heating on low
  • Sauté shallots and garlic in generous 1/4 cup of butter, add to slow cooker
  • Create a roux with flour and the accumulated beef drippings and oil, set aside
  • Sauté tomato paste, then, leaving time after each to come to temperature, add: balsamic vinegar to deglaze, then wine, then water. Optionally add herbs in the pot as the sauce simmer or add straight to the slow cooker.
  • Let sauce simmer 5-10 minutes to reduce alcohol content of the wine.
  • Add salt, black pepper, and thyme to simmering sauce and slow cooker to taste. Add 2-4 or more bay leafs to slow cooker to taste.
  • Pour sauce over beef already in slow cooker and let it cook on low for 2 hours to develop flavour.

Source: OnceUponAChef

Rough Notes

2.5-3lb beef cubes
Olive oil, lots to fry
Sear on two sides

Set aside and allow juice to drip out

5 shallots or medium onions
7 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup balsamic
Cook 5 min

Add 75mL tomato paste
Cook 1 min

Add beef juice and 1/2 cup flour

use 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
sub the beef broth with half the specified water and also add a tablespoon of butter to the sauce
double or triple thyme depending if weak flavour
*sugar optional

Double onions or shallots
Use 1/4 cup balsamic
Replace broth with water if no available and up all herbs
Omit sugar
Add ¼ cup butter in with the flour
3 cups of wine, 5 cups of water

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