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Apple Cider Beef Stew

 Apple Cider Beef Stew
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
12 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Cook: 6-1/4 hours


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into stew. Cover and

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Apple Cider Beef Stew (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • cook on high for 15 minutes or until thickened. Discard bay leaf.
  • Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cup (prepared with lean beef stew meat, reduced-sodium beef broth, unsweetened apple juice and no-salt-added tomato sauce) equals 197 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 48 mg cholesterol, 748 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 17 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1/2 fruit.
Wine: Light-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.