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The Best Low-Carb Beef Bourguignon

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This classic French dish is the perfect choice for Valentine's Day dinner. I used dry Burgundy wine that gives the slow-cooked meat an amazing deep flavour. It's delicious, really simple and can be cooked even by a novice. Compared to traditional beef bourguignon, I skipped the pearl onions to reduce the carb count. I used a carrot in mine and although it doesn't add too many carbs, I listed this ingredient as "optional".

Cooking with Alcohol - Is it Keto?

Although alcohol is on the "consume rarely" ketogenic food list, you can use it for cooking. It does not "cook out" during the boiling process completely but the remaining content is negligible. The longer you cook your meal for, the less alcohol your meal will retain. If you slow cook the meal like I did, you will end up with less than 5% of the original alcohol content. That's similar to using vanilla extract in a keto crème brûlée!

Hands-on Overall

Allergy information for The Best Low-Carb Beef Bourguignon

✔  Gluten free
✔  Dairy free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free

Nutritional values (per serving)

Net carbs6.9 grams
Protein36.7 grams
Fat45 grams
Calories676 kcal
Calories from carbs 5%, protein 25%, fat 70%
Total carbs8.3 gramsFiber1.3 gramsSugars1.9 gramsSaturated fat18.9 gramsSodium428 mg(19% RDA)Magnesium46 mg(11% RDA)Potassium751 mg(38% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 6 servings)

  • 2-3 large beef braising steaks or any cut suitable for slow cooking (900 g/ 2 lb)
  • 3 tbsp ghee or lard ( 45 g/ 1.6 oz)
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 medium white onion, diced (110 g/ 3.9 oz)
  • Optional: 1 medium carrot, sliced (60 g/ 2.1 oz) + 0.7 g net carbs per serving
  • 750 ml bottle dry red wine such as Burgundy
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened tomato puree (paste)
  • 1 bouquet garni (parsley, thyme, peppercorns, cloves and bay leaves)
  • 4 cups white mushrooms, sliced (300 g/ 10.6 oz)
  • 8 slices bacon, sliced (240 g/ 8.5 oz)
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste (I like pink Himalayan)
  • Optional: 1/2 - 1 cup water, chicken stock of bone broth if too thick


  1. Cut the beef into large chunks and season with some salt. Heat a Dutch oven or a heavy-based pot greased with 2 tablespoons of ghee. Fry the beef chunks over a medium-high heat until golden brown for about 3 minutes. Turn on the other side and brown for 3 more minutes. Work in batches so the pot doesn't get crowded. The Best Low-Carb Beef Bourguignon
  2. Remove the chunks from the pot and place into a bowl. The Best Low-Carb Beef Bourguignon
  3. Lower the heat and add diced onion, crushed garlic and sliced carrot (if used). The Best Low-Carb Beef Bourguignon
  4. Return the beef chunks to the pot. Pour in the red wine and add tomato paste. The meat should almost be covered. If needed, add 1/2 - 1 cup water or broth (I didn't use any). Bring to a boil and mix well with a spatula scraping the caramelised cooking juices from the bottom of the pot. The Best Low-Carb Beef Bourguignon
  5. Add your bouquet garni. You can make your bouquet garni by using 2-4 sprigs parsley, 1-2 sprigs thyme, 1 tsp peppercorns, 3 cloves and 3 bay leaves. Simply place all the herbs in a piece of cheesecloth and tying with an unwaxed kitchen string. Place in the pot, cover with a lid and cook for 3 to 3 1/2 hours over a low heat. The Best Low-Carb Beef Bourguignon
  6. When the meat is tender, take off the heat. Use a spatula to remove the bouquet garni from the pot and cover it with a lid. The Best Low-Carb Beef Bourguignon
  7. Prepare the bacon and mushrooms. Grease a pan with the remaining ghee and add the sliced bacon. Cook for about 5 minutes until lightly browned and then add the mushrooms. Cook for another 4-5 minutes or until tender and browned.
    The Best Low-Carb Beef Bourguignon
  8. When the mushrooms and bacon are ready, take off the heat and place in the pot with beef. Mix until well combined. The Best Low-Carb Beef Bourguignon
  9. Serve with Celeriac Cauli-Mash or regular Keto Cauli-Mash. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze the stew for up to 3 months. The Best Low-Carb Beef Bourguignon

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Beef (for slow cooking), grass-fed
0 g29.1 g27.2 g369 kcal
0 g0 g7.5 g68 kcal
Garlic, fresh
0.5 g0.1 g0 g2 kcal
Onion, white, fresh
1.4 g0.2 g0 g7 kcal
Red wine (dry)
3.1 g0.1 g0 g100 kcal
Tomato purée (paste, unsweetened)
0.2 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Parsley, fresh (spices)
0.1 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Thyme, fresh
0.1 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0.2 g0.1 g0 g1 kcal
Cloves, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Bay leaf, dried
0.2 g0 g0 g2 kcal
Mushrooms (white), fresh
1.1 g1.5 g0.2 g11 kcal
Bacon, streaky (high fat content), organic
0 g5.5 g10 g112 kcal
Total per serving
6.9 g36.7 g45 g676 kcal

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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (13)

Great recipe to try this weekend..

How long does this store in the fridge for and can it be frozen? If so, how long for? Looking for some winter ideas now and this looks fab! 😋

Thank you for your kind words and noticing the missing info - added to the last step! 😊

I fixed this for my husband and I for Valentine's Day, along with your Keto Cauli-Mash.  They were absolutely superb and complemented each other so well!  My husband kept making yummy sounds and saying how delicious it was.  Thanks for a fantastic recipe!

That's fantastic Carole!! I'm so glad to know that your loved one enjoyed it! Thank you 😊

I am really confused maybe I am adding my carbs wrong I am trying to stay under 50g per day but it seems impossible and then I read this dish is only 8.3 crabs I don't understand what I am doing wrong. What do you suggest? what is the math to figure the total carbs and protein in a meal. there is no way I can exist on a piece of chicken breast that is 100g a day.  

Hi Billy, you need to use a tracker if you want to count your macros. Estimating is not ideal if you follow a ketogenic diet, especially if you are new to it. If you have an iPad, you can try my app: (you'll be able to see both total and net carbs although the app primarily tracks net carbs).

Great recipe! Everyone  enjoyed it and not even my husband made a comment about my "keto food"! Served with spaghetti squash and creamed was a hit!

Thank you Kimberly, I'm glad you liked it! 😊

Hi! I was just wondering if I could leave it in a crockpot (slow-cooker) for the 3-4h it needs to cook rather than on the stove? - slightly paranoid of leaving it unattended and forgetting about it!
Thanks 😊

Hi Kate you definitely can but I'd cook it for even longer.. I'd say about 6 hours depending on the setting 😊

This looks delicious! The perfect meal for the long winter months. Thanks!

Thank you Jenny! 😊