An easy recipe from AboutFood.com takes only 10 minutes of preparation and 80 minutes to cook. Food Network chef Rachel Ray has a recipe that also takes 10 minutes for preparation and only 25 minutes to cook. Her recipe is considered intermediate, though.
To make the AboutFood.com recipe, crisp five slices of chopped bacon in a large saucepan over high heat. Transfer the cooked bacon to a paper towel, and pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease from the pan. Sauté 1 cup chopped onions, 3 sliced carrots and 1/4 cup finely chopped celery until the vegetables are tender. Remove from pan.
Season 2 pounds cubed beef chuck with salt and pepper, and brown in the grease. Spice the beef with 2 teaspoons dried parsley, 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed rosemary and 1/16 teaspoon ground allspice. Add 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, and then stir in 1 teaspoon tomato paste. Cook for one minute.
Add 1 1/2 cups chopped mushrooms, 1 cup burgundy wine and 1/2 cup beef stock to the pan. Cook on medium for 80 minutes.
For Rachel Ray's recipe, replace the beef chuck with cubed lean sirloin. Also, sauté the mushrooms with the vegetables in the bacon grease. Cook the meat as directed above, add the liquids, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, add the vegetables, and cover the pan. Cook for an additional five minutes, remove the top, and simmer to thicken the sauce.