Beef in a Red Wine Sauce

We have had this several times and I love it.  It’s such a great comfort food in the winter and the best, best part of all, is this amazing dish is made in the crockpot.

The first key to making any food with wine is make sure it’s a wine that you would drink.  We fortunately have a Trader Joe’s here in town and they have great affordable wine.  Not only that but they carry the 2 Buck Chuck. Even though it is $2.99 here in Oregon.  Sounds like a cheap wine, well you be the judge.

The story in a nutshell is this….A husband and wife have a vineyard, it ends up doing well and the wine is great.  There is a divorce and she is trying to get everything she can from him.  He in turn plays dirty too and decides to sell this wine for only $2 a bottle to one company so there will never be a lot of profit and she can’t get that much.  This wine really should be at least $10 a bottle.  True story???  I don’t know, but I do know that I do like this wine.

We don’t drink it often because we do have others we like better, but I am frugal and I have a hard time cooking with $20 bottles of wine.  That’s where the 2 Buck Chuck comes in perfect.  It’s a great Cab and it’s going to make this meal great.

Beef in a Red Wine Sauce


1-1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 medium onions, cut up
2 beef bouillon cubes or 1 envelope (1/2 of 2-ounce package) onion soup mix
3 tablespoons cornstarch
Ground black pepper
1-1/2 cups dry red wine
Hot cooked noodles (optional)


1. In a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker, combine beef stew meat and onions. Add bouillon cubes or dry onion soup mix. Sprinkle cornstarch, salt, and pepper over beef and onions. Pour red wine over beef mixture in cooker.

2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 10 to 12 hours or on high-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours.

3. If desired, serve over hot cooked noodles. Makes 6 servings.

This is a recipe that I got from Better Homes and Gardens.  It’s easy and most things on the list I keep in the house.  I didn’t get stew meat today, but I was able to buy a chuck steak out of the “quick sale” section.  We usually serve ours over mashed potatoes instead of pasta.

The meat was $4, the wine was $2.99, plus some left over to drink with dinner, I prefer Better than Bouillon, but today did use the onion soup mix since I had it on hand.  And the noodles I get super cheap all the time.  But my 5lb of potatoes was $.99 a while back.  So this great meal is super affordable and extra special.  Love it!!

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