Cognac Beef Stew with Dijon Mustard

Cognac Beef Stew with Dijon Mustard is a hearty and delicious meal to warm your bones during the darker, cold winter months.

Beef Stew with Cognac and Mustard Served in a White Bowl

When the chill of winter is too much, spend some time making a batch of this Cognac Beef Stew with Dijon Mustard and enjoy the warmth of a dish that is filling, rich, and beyond divine! I’ve honestly never been a huge fan of regular stews with beef but I LOVE this one!

I first spied the recipe for this dish maybe a dozen years ago in the New York Times…before they created a paywall for their recipes. I used to love that section but I’m too cheap to pay for it; I already subscribe to the Times online; charging me again to see recipes is just wrong! Luckily the few I have are enough and this was a keeper for sure.

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So I felt blessed when I came upon this recipe for Cognac Beef Stew that I had squirreled away and remembered loving it. Rich warm and especially so with a hint of cognac combined with both Dijon and whole grain mustards, it’s really one of my favorites. The Times suggests serving it over egg noodles and I’ve never seen a reason to ignore that suggestion; it’s an entire meal in one bowl!

Is there anything that smells better than a stew on the stove that scents the air with its richness? This Cognac Beef Stew with Dijon Mustard has beef, bacon, onions, carrots, and mushrooms blended with a mixture of cognac, two mustards, and red wine. It is so rich and wonderful, I know I had to yell at myself repeatedly to stop testing it!

This dish was meant to be for that day when you’re stuck at home so snow days work but so does playing hooky. Whatever it takes right? 🙂

Beef Stew with Mustard and Cognac With Carrots Ser

I have not tried it myself but I think it would also work well in a Crockpot, browning the meat and onions first and then adding all but the mushrooms before a long, slow cook. I would suggest using the same process for the stovetop version, this Cognac Beef Stew is best if the mushrooms have a quick saute on the stovetop before being added at the end; I don’t enjoy mushrooms that have been cooked too long.

But hey, maybe that’s just me…if you don’t mind, saute them with the onions and beef and then put everything together in a slow cooker. I might have to try a slow cooker (or maybe my Instant Pot) next time; I’ll come back and make note when I do!

A reader tried this recipe recently and didn’t have cognac so did a substitution with bourbon and they loved it; do the same before having to buy a bottle of something you don’t have. The method is easy enough; the hardest part is the wait while it cooks slowly. (Full recipe at the bottom of the page).

  1. Bacon is cooked until the fat is rendered and the onion and shallots are softened but not browned.
  2. Butter is added to the pan and floured pieces of beef are browned on all sides.
  3. The pot is deglazed with the cognac and then stock, both mustards, and the bacon and onion mixture are added and combined well before it’s all simmered for about 1 & 1/2 hours.
  4. You’ll add the carrots and continue to simmer for 30 minutes, or until slices are tender. As they cook, the mushrooms are sauteed until browned and tender.
  5. Stir mushrooms into the stew along with remaining mustard and red wine. Simmer 5 minutes and serve hot over egg noodles or rice; lovely either way!

This is a nice filling meal; I served a simple salad before the stew and we had a bowl of ice cream with homemade hot fudge sauce for dessert. It’s never too cold for ice cream in my book…enjoy!

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Beef Stew with Cognac and Mustard Served in a White Bowl

Cognac Beef Stew with Dijon Mustard

A hearty main course, this beef stew is full of bacon, onions, carrots and mushrooms flavored with a savory sauce of cognac and two mustards. Serve over a bowl of egg noodles for the perfect cold weather dish.
4.67 from 50 or more votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Course Beef, Dinner
Cuisine American, French
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 639 kcal


  • ¼ pound bacon diced
  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • 3 shallots chopped
  • 2 to 4 Tablespoons butter as needed
  • 2 pounds beef chuck in 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter as needed
  • ½ cup Cognac
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • ½ cup Dijon mustard
  • 4 tablespoons Whole Grain Mustard divided
  • 4 large carrots peeled and cut into half-moon slices
  • ½ pound mushrooms stemmed, cleaned and quartered
  • ¼ cup red wine


  • Place bacon in a Dutch oven or a large heavy kettle over low heat, and cook until fat is rendered. Remove solid pieces with a slotted spoon, and discard.
  • Raise heat, and add onion and shallots. Cook until softened but not browned, 10 to 15 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a large bowl.
  • If necessary, add 2 tablespoons butter to the pan to augment fat. Dust beef cubes with flour, and season with salt and pepper. Shake off excess flour, and place half the cubes in the pan. Cook over medium-high heat until well browned, almost crusty, on all sides, then transfer to the bowl with bacon and onions. Repeat with remaining beef.
  • Add Cognac to the empty pan, and cook, stirring, until the bottom is de-glazed and the crust comes loose. Add stock, Dijon mustard and 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard. Whisk to blend, then return meat and onion mixture to pan.
  • Lower heat, cover pan partway, and simmer gently until meat is very tender, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Add carrots, and continue simmering for 30 minutes, or until slices are tender. As they cook, heat 2 tablespoons butter in medium skillet over medium-high heat, and sauté mushrooms until browned and tender.
  • Stir mushrooms into stew along with remaining mustard and red wine. Simmer 5 minutes, then taste, and adjust seasoning. Serve hot.


The New York Times recipe suggested serving over buttered noodles…so I do!


Nutrition Facts
Cognac Beef Stew with Dijon Mustard
Serving Size
1 Serving
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword beef, carrots, cognac, dinner, stew
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  1. I also saw the recipe in the NYT but wasn’t about to subscribe for it. Luckily, after a Google search, I found the same recipe (Thank you Barb for squirreling away recipes!)
    Prepping for what will surely be an away dinner!

    1. I have a friend who is pot roast crazy; it was a childhood thing and she makes them all the time. So I tried her recipe. Let’s just say this. This recipe for beef stew wins hands down in the slow cooked beef category! I loved it so much, you really must make it too!

  2. This cognac beef stew looks so good, and with the mustard sauce, the taste will increase ten times! I want to make this at home, and I’ll do it when I’ve completed all the work I have due at the moment.

  3. Perfect, looking at it makes me hungry. I will definitely make this dish according to the recipe you shared, thank you.

  4. This is one of the best things I’ve ever made! Quite a bit of prep time, but totally worth it. I didn’t havve any brandy or cognac, so I used bourbon instead. It was sensational!

    1. It’s all about the prep sometimes isn’t it? For me I like to have everything ready Come in…cut, sliced, and diced and measured before I even start and then the actual cooking process goes smoothly. So glad you loved it Gretchen, it’s one of our favorites too!

  5. This was by far the best stew recipe ever!!! I’m not much of a cook but this recipe is worth the effort and it really wasn’t all that hard. My daughter is a very picky eater and she loved this. We will be having this again soon.

    1. I’m always excited to see you try something new and different and this was a great chouce; I’m so glad it turned out and you loved it Katarina!

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