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Apple Cider Beef Stew Recipe

Apple Cider Beef Stew Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6-1/4 hours YIELD: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


  • 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.

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

Reviews for Apple Cider Beef Stew

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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)."

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!!!"

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."

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!"

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."

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."

Reviewed Oct. 13, 2013

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

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"

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!"

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

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

Reviewed Nov. 29, 2011

"Delicious, the whole family loved it!"

Reviewed Oct. 4, 2011

"I made this last night and let it cook overnight. It woke me up at 3am with its enticing smell! It is so easy and makes for a great fall time lmal with the cinnamon/apple flavor."

Reviewed Sep. 26, 2011

"I have made this several times and it is always a hit. The combination of ingredients is so amazing. And to be able to put it in the slow cooker and forget about it is even better!"

Reviewed Jul. 3, 2011

"I thought the cinnamon and the apple cider taste was to over powering, it ruined the stew."

Reviewed Jun. 15, 2011

"I made this & it was very good only problem was it needed more meat in which I added more the next night I used another 1 1/2 lbs more as it was more veggies & gravy the 1st night, but was still very tasty."

Reviewed Apr. 10, 2011

"This is the best stew I have ever had. I cooked this in a cast iron pot, and used fresh carrots, potatoes, string beans, onions, garlic, mushrooms and frozen peas. I omitted the water chestnuts. I browned a cut up chuck roast in oil and then the chopped onion, garlic and celery. I cooked this on top of the stove for 30 minutes. I then added sliced carrots, potatoes, string beans and frozen peas and put in the oven at 300 degrees for three hours. Loved it!"

Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

"I used canned veggies, and A-1 instead of the steak seasoning and also left out the cinnamon. It was the best stew my husband said he has ever had!"

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2011

"This was VERY good. I used fresh red potatoes, carrots, celery, red pepper and onion for my veggies. I served it with some lightly buttered rice. A tasty, wholesome meal."

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"I used fresh veggies in this and used A-1 instead of steak seasoning. I also used a spiced apple cider. I am already planning on making this again!"

Reviewed Jul. 22, 2010

"Made this for the first time a few weeks ago and I must say I loved it. The only change I made was w/the steak seasoning. I used McCormick Spicy Montreal Steak Seasoning and it added a great flavor to the meat."

Reviewed Oct. 2, 2009

"what is a steak seasoning"

Reviewed Oct. 2, 2009

"We didn't like the cinnamon flavour with our beef."

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2008

"Our family enjoyed this stew. I did substitute fresh potatoes, celery, and canned carrots for the frozen veggies, and I left out the mushrooms and water chestnuts."

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2008

"I made this for dinner tonight and the reviews were not good. We did not care for the taste of the cinnamon and the gravy was very strong in flavor. The vegetables were mushy from the long cooking. I would not make this again..."

Reviewed Jan. 14, 2008

"SmileI don't have all the ingredients yet, but I can't wait to make it as I know my family will love it.


Reviewed Jan. 13, 2008

"I made this & it was really great, also the kids & husband loved it!!!"

Reviewed Jan. 8, 2008

"Looks great for a cold day."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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