Bex Beef Bourguinon Crockpot Recipe


After having a delicious Beef Bourguinon in Louisville, I wanted to try adapting this savory beef stew and use my crockpot to make it. I set up all the ingredients within 20 minutes and left it to cook for over 8 hours on low.

I used the formal recipe for Beef Bourginion, but made some adjustments and omitted the bacon to be a little leaner, add celery  and I made my own vegetable stock to use instead of beef broth.

  • 2 pounds of steak meat (such as round, chuck or cubed stew cut)
  • Steak dry rub or salt/pepper/italian herbs
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 tsp olive oil (if you don’t use bacon)
  • 4-6 pieces of bacon, diced and cooked
  • 1 medium yellow onion – large diced chunks
  • 2 cups of cut carrots (or baby carrots)
  • 3 large potatoes, skinned and cut into smaller pieces
  • 2 cups of diced celery
  • 2 cups of mushrooms, sliced in half
  • 2 cups of Pinot Noir or Burgundy Wine
  • 2 cups of beef broth (or vegetable stock)
  • 1 small can of tomato puree -10 oz. (or tomato sauce)
  • 2 tbsp of cornstarch or flour (if desired to thicken up the sauce)
  • 2 tsp of butter (if desired to add creaminess to broth)
  1. If you are using bacon, fry diced bacon in a frying pan until done. Remove from pan and drain.
  2. Wash and pat dry beef cubes, add dry rub and toss in a bowl until coated. Add to pan with the olive oil (unless you use bacon grease) on medium heat, cook on  all sides until browned. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Sprinkle seared beef cubes with flour on all sides and prepare for crockpot.
  4. Turn on your crockpot to low and add the cut potatoes, onions, celery, carrots, potatoes, wine, beef broth or vegetable stock and can of tomato puree. Mix all ingredients with a large spoon and add beef and bacon to the crockpot
  5. Cook for approximately 8-9 hours on Low Heat.
  6. If you desire a thicker broth, you can add cornstarch or flour and raise the cook heat towards the end to High heat.





Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos (3 part recipe)

IMG_8469 Step by step, these tacos were worth it. I bought some frozen mahi mahi and wanted to try out my new Chipotle sauce that I made. Rice

  • 3/4 cup white rice
  • 1 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp of chopped green onion
  1. Heat the broth in a 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat to a boil.
  2. Stir the rice in the saucepan. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 20 minutes or until the rice is tender.

IMG_8466 Mahi Mahi

  • 2-3 pieces of Mahi Mahi Fish
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp of Chipotle Sauce or your favorite mild smokey salsa
  1. Clean and wash the Mahi Mahi filets and pat dry.
  2. Add Chiptole Sauce, let marinade for a couple minutes while you prep your fish.
  3. After 10-12 minutes after the rice has started, start grilling the fish, cooking the skin side down for 3-4 minutes before flipping. Cooking time should be 7-9 minutes or done to your preference.

IMG_8464Cherry Tomato Fresh Salsa

  • 10-12 Cherry Tomatoes, diced small
  • 4 tbsp of diced onion
  • 2 tbsp of chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 lemon squeezed
  • 1 tbsp of white vinegar
  • Cracked salt and pepper
  1. Combine all ingredients in the bowl and try not to eat it all before serving.

IMG_8467Just add tortillas, chopped cabbage, cheese and hot sauce and there you go.

Homemade Lentil Soup with Pork and Bacon

20130322-135437.jpgI love soup, I might make a different soup at least once, every week. I also love cooking with pork and bacon, letting it flavor the lentils. Here is my simple soup recipe.

  • 1 pound of lentils or 1 1/2 cups dry lentils
  • 8-10 cups of water or a mixture of stock and water (depending on thickness and taste
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 tsbp of olive oil
  • 1 pork tenderloin cutlet, diced small
  • 5 pieces of bacon
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced small
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced small
  • 2 carrot sticks, diced small
  • 1 tbsp Herbs de Provence or Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Cracked salt
  • 1 tsp Cracked Pepper
  1. Use a large stock pot on medium high heat, add  olive oil and garlic, then onion.
  2. Add bacon and pork to the pot and let cook a little.
  3. Sauté for 2 minutes  before adding carrots and celery.
  4. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often before adding the lentils. Mix lentils throughout and coat with flavor from veggies, meat and oil.
  5. After a minute, add water and herbs. Bring to a boil
  6. Reduce heat to medium and cover pot.
  7. Cook for 30-45 minutes until the soup is ready, lentils and vegetables will be soft.
  8. Makes 8-10 portions of soup.

Brown Sugar Spice Pork Belly Bacon


I love pork belly and when I saw this slab, I thought BACON. I purchased a 2 pound slab and added the following:

  • 2 pound pork belly slab
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • cayenne
  • five spice
  • 1 1/2 cup Sprite

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Place pork belly in pyrex baking dish, pack sugar on top and bottom. Add cayenne and five spice powder. Place in oven and cook for 30 minutes.

Add sprite covering the pork belly and return to cook for another hour or until Pork Belly falls apart. Slice and refry strips of pork belly like bacon.