Satisfy Your Cravings with Our Keto Dutch Oven Beef Bourguignon Recipe

Indulge in a Classic French Dish with a Keto Twist

Welcome to a culinary journey where tradition meets a modern dietary lifestyle. Today, we’re diving into a recipe that is both luxurious and compliant with a ketogenic way of eating. Keto Dutch Oven Beef Bourguignon is a dish that promises the richness and depth of flavor you’d expect from a classic French stew, while keeping your carb intake in check.

This recipe transforms the traditional Beef Bourguignon into a low-carb delight, ensuring that you can enjoy a sumptuous meal without compromising your dietary goals. The combination of tender beef, aromatic vegetables, and a robust red wine sauce creates a harmony of flavors that is sure to impress. Whether you’re new to the keto diet or a seasoned pro, this dish will become a staple in your culinary repertoire.

Keto Dutch Oven Beef Bourguignon

The Essence of Keto Dutch Oven Beef Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon is a dish steeped in history and tradition, originating from the Burgundy region of France. It’s known for its rich sauce, tender meat, and the use of red wine to bring all the flavors together. My rendition of this dish maintains the integrity of the original while making it suitable for a ketogenic lifestyle.

The key to keeping this dish keto-friendly lies in the careful selection of ingredients. The beef chuck roast is a fantastic source of high-quality fats and proteins, essential for the keto diet. By using a low-carb red wine and omitting flour or other thickeners typically used in the sauce, we ensure the carb count remains low without sacrificing the richness of the dish.

Mushrooms, a staple in Beef Bourguignon, are not only flavorful but also provide a great source of vitamins and are low in carbohydrates. The addition of bacon adds both a smoky depth and healthy fats, which are pivotal in achieving ketosis. With every bite, you’re not just enjoying a gourmet meal, but also nourishing your body with keto-aligned nutrients.

Preparing Keto Beef Bourguignon

Mastering the Method

Creating a perfect Keto Dutch Oven Beef Bourguignon requires attention to detail and a bit of culinary finesse. Here are some chef’s tips to elevate your dish:

Beef Preparation: When browning the beef, ensure that each piece has enough room in the Dutch oven. Crowding the pan will cause the beef to steam rather than sear, depriving you of those delicious caramelized flavors that are the backbone of this dish.

Simmering the Sauce: Patience is key when reducing the red wine. Allow it to simmer until it’s halved in volume; this concentrates the flavors and burns off the alcohol, leaving behind a rich, complex base for your stew.

Final Touches: After the stew has finished cooking, the addition of butter not only thickens the sauce but adds a silky, luxurious finish. Stir gently to incorporate the butter without breaking down the tender pieces of beef.

Keto Beef Bourguignon in Dutch Oven

Variations to Spice Up Your Stew

Herbaceous Twist

Introducing different herbs can completely transform your Beef Bourguignon. Try adding rosemary or tarragon for an aromatic variation that complements the beef and wine beautifully.

Spicy Kick

For those who enjoy a bit of heat, incorporate a pinch of cayenne pepper or diced jalapeños into the stew. This will add a spicy dimension that contrasts the richness of the dish.

Vegetable Medley

Enhance the nutritional profile and color of your stew by adding low-carb vegetables like zucchini, bell peppers, or spinach. These will cook down and meld into the sauce while keeping the dish keto-friendly.

Substitutions for Every Keto Kitchen

Understanding that not all ingredients may be readily available or suitable for everyone’s taste, here are some keto-friendly substitutions:

Wine Alternatives: If you prefer to cook without wine, substitute with additional beef broth and a splash of red wine vinegar to mimic the acidity and depth of flavor.

Bacon Options: If you’re avoiding pork, turkey bacon or beef bacon can be used as a substitute, providing a similar smoky flavor and fat content.

Thyme Varieties: While fresh thyme offers a bright flavor, dried thyme can be used in a pinch. Just remember that dried herbs are more potent, so you’ll need less.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this dish ahead of time? Yes, Beef Bourguignon often tastes even better the next day as the flavors have more time to meld together.

Is this recipe suitable for freezing? Absolutely, this dish freezes well. Just be sure to cool it completely before transferring it to freezer-safe containers.

How do I thicken the sauce without flour? Reducing the sauce and adding butter at the end should naturally thicken it. For a thicker sauce, you can also use xanthan gum sparingly.

What can I serve with Keto Beef Bourguignon? Cauliflower mash or steamed low-carb vegetables like broccoli or green beans make excellent sides.

How do I choose a keto-friendly wine? Look for dry red wines with low residual sugar content, such as Pinot Noir or Merlot, and check the label for carbohydrate information.

Keto Dutch Oven Beef Bourguignon

This Keto Dutch Oven Beef Bourguignon is a sumptuous, comforting dish that will satisfy your cravings without the extra carbs. Rich, tender beef simmered in a flavorful red wine sauce with mushrooms and bacon, it's the perfect low-carb twist to a classic French recipe.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine French
Servings 6 people
Calories 600 kcal


  • Dutch oven
  • Slotted spoon
  • Plate
  • Small pan


  • 2 pounds beef chuck roast, cut into 2-inch cubes 0.9 kg
  • ¼ cup olive oil 60 ml
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound white mushrooms, quartered 450 g
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste 30 g
  • 1 bottle dry red wine 750 ml - suitable for keto, such as a low-carb Pinot Noir or Merlot
  • 2 cups beef broth 480 ml
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons butter divided into 1 tbsp portions, 60 g in total
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley for garnish optional


  • Preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C).
  • In a large Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped bacon and cook until crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Season the beef cubes with salt and pepper. In the same Dutch oven, brown the beef in batches to avoid overcrowding, adding more olive oil as needed. Transfer the browned beef to a plate.
  • In the now-empty Dutch oven, add the diced onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute.
  • Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes, then add the mushrooms and cook until they start to brown, about 5 minutes.
  • Pour in the red wine, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Allow the wine to simmer and reduce by half, approximately 10 minutes.
  • Return the beef and bacon to the Dutch oven. Add beef broth, thyme, and bay leaves. Bring to a simmer.
  • Cover the Dutch oven with a lid and place it in the preheated oven. Let it cook for 1.5 to 2 hours or until the beef is tender.
  • Once the beef is tender, remove the Dutch oven from the oven. Discard the bay leaves and thyme sprigs (if using fresh).
  • In a small pan, melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Add this to the Dutch oven to thicken the sauce slightly and add a glossy finish.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper as needed. Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.


To keep this dish keto-friendly, ensure the red wine you choose is low in residual sugars. The alcohol will cook off during the simmering process, but the sugars can remain. Opt for a wine with no more than 2g of sugar per liter. Serve with cauliflower mash or keto-friendly vegetables for a complete meal.


Calories: 600kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 45gFat: 40gFiber: 2gNet Carbs: 6g
Keyword Keto Dutch Oven Beef Bourguignon, Keto French Cuisine, Low-Carb Beef Stew
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