Homemade Apple Cider Beef Stew Recipe
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Homemade Apple Cider Beef Stew Recipe

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It's especially nice to use this recipe in fall, when the weather gets crisp and Nebraska's apple orchards start selling fresh apple cider. This entree's subtle sweetness is a welcome change from other savory stews. We enjoy it with biscuits and slices of apple and cheddar cheese. -Joyce Glaesemann, Lincoln, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 1-3/4 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 1-3/4 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 cups apple cider or juice
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons salt, optional
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 3 celery ribs, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 2 medium onions, cut into wedges
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 315 calories, 12g fat (0 saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 238mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.


  1. In a Dutch oven, brown beef on all sides in oil over medium-high heat; drain. Add the cider, vinegar, salt if desired, thyme and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/4 hours.
  2. Add the potatoes, carrots, celery and onions; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-35 minutes or until beef and vegetables are tender.
  3. Combine flour and water until smooth; stir into stew. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Cider Beef Stew in Taste of Home October/November 1998, p39

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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s_pants User ID: 174050 244197
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2016

"I loved this stew, though my husband prefers stew without the apple cider. I think it adds just enough sweetness! It got rather thick and by the third night (I loved it so much I ate it 3 nights in a row!) there was no sauce. Next time I think I will follow a previous reviewer's suggestion of adding some water (or maybe beef broth). Plan to make again next week."

annrms User ID: 2649709 234142
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2015

"This weeks ingredient challenge was apples. I added parsnips and rutabagas to the ingredients and cooked it in my pressure cooker which only took 20 minutes! I like to refrigerate stew at least overnight for the flavors to blend so I made it on Sunday. I waited to thicken it until last night. I brought the stew to a high simmer and added a slurry of cornstarch, water, and browning sauce. The apple cider and apple cider vinegar made the gravy very savory. It's a keeper!"

vegettossx4 User ID: 8253693 221497
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2015

"My absolute favorite stew recipe. I'm not huge on onions and I'm not the biggest meat eater, so I half both of those ingredients. Otherwise, I love this stew. It is sweet and savory, and everything is tender and delicious mixed with the apple cider/juice flavor."

ettakarl User ID: 877220 216716
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2015

"This was good but had too much cider for me. Next time I'll replace part of the cider with beef broth"

char04 User ID: 2958136 63887
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2014

"This was excellent. I made it in the crockpot. Turned out wonderful."

Dawnetteg User ID: 4836997 22730
Reviewed May. 11, 2014

"Love this recipe ! My mother in law makes one similar, and since tasting this yummy dish I am hooked!"

[email protected] User ID: 1537203 61449
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2010

"I love this stew - its the only one I make actually. I do double the cider and add a couple of cups of water. Sometimes I substitute sweet potato for the potato."

detra User ID: 1850002 63754
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2010

"If you like apple cider, you'll LOVE this stew!! A great fall stew, we enjoy it every fall when the weather turns cooler!"

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