Apple Cider Beef Stew Recipe
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Apple Cider Beef Stew Recipe

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I created this slow cooker recipe using convenience products to save time chopping vegetables and browning beef. Apple cider and cinnamon are the unique additions that give a down-home flavor to this oh-so-easy and economical stew. It also makes a rich, flavorful potluck dish for holiday gatherings or on busy school nights. —Margaret Wilson, Sun City, California
Featured In: Fall Spices
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6-1/4 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6-1/4 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 4 cups frozen vegetables for stew (about 24 ounces), thawed
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 jar (4-1/2 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 2 envelopes brown gravy mix
  • 2 tablespoons onion soup mix
  • 2 teaspoons steak seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • 1-1/4 cups apple cider or unsweetened apple juice
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup cold water

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 197 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 748mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 17g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1/2 fruit.


  1. Place the vegetables, water chestnuts, mushrooms and onion in a 5-qt. slow cooker. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the gravy mix, soup mix, steak seasoning and cinnamon; add beef, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat. Add to slow cooker.
  2. Combine the broth, cider and tomato sauce; pour over beef. Add bay leaf. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until meat is tender.
  3. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into stew. Cover and cook on high for 15 minutes or until thickened. Discard bay leaf. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Apple Cider Beef Stew in Simple & Delicious November/December 2006, p65

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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tcavman15 User ID: 1537577 221822
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2015

"This is so good! If I could give it 10 stars, I would. I'll definitely be making this again. In an effort to avoid it being too salty I used lower sodium gravy mixes and soup mix, and fresh veggies instead of frozen bagged veggies ( 1c. sliced carrots, 1c. sliced celery, 2c. cubed potato, 1/4 - 1/2 lb. sliced cremini mushrooms)."

luigimon User ID: 1692040 136939
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2014

"This is very good! I had a pork roast on hand, so I cubed this instead of beef. It's the first time that I've ever used frozen stew veggies, but it won't be the last! They turned out pretty darn good, and so much easier than chopping! I don't usually care for cinnamon in meat dishes, but not in this case. It was yummy!!!"

Catarter User ID: 6018303 75717
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2014

"Meat was tender and amazing flavor, veggies were soggy and broth was way salty. Only 1 out of 5 people in my house would even eat it."

TheDix User ID: 607421 87403
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2014

"This is a very tasty dish. The cinnamon is a different flavor for stew, but both my husband and I like it. With the precut vegetables it was easy to put together. Definitely deserves to be made again!"

Mom'stheCook! User ID: 5396990 108801
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2014

"This was a great stew! The whole family, include our boys (ages 6 and 9) loved it. Great flavours...something wonderfully different from plain ol' stew."

KristieKS User ID: 7685704 63150
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2014

"Really didn't like it. The cinnamon really threw us off and not what I think of as a beef stew."

[email protected] User ID: 1202636 157823
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2013

"Tasty and a fun way to celebrate the first cider of the season."

TracFac User ID: 4847132 82417
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2012

"Made this recipe for a church supper and had rave reviews. Even folks who don't care for stew thought it was delicious! Love how the cinnamon comes through"

suzannahnoelle User ID: 5787204 136393
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2012

"Haven't made this yet but can't wait to do so. I agree with sg24fan, the McCormick Montreal Steak Seasoning is fabulous; it makes for wonderful hamburgers!"

Lyfknsux User ID: 2867104 75715
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"Everone liked it. The sweetness gave it a wonderful surprise from regular stew."

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