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Homemade Apple Cider Beef Stew

Total Time
Prep: 30 min. Cook: 1-3/4 hours
It's especially nice to use this recipe in fall, when the weather gets crisp and the local 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

Updated: Dec. 16, 2023

Homemade Apple Cider Beef Stew

Prep Time 30 min
Yield 8 servings.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 cups apple cider or juice
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 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
  • Fresh thyme sprigs, optional

Directions

  1. In a Dutch oven, brown beef on all sides in oil over medium-high heat; drain. Add the cider, broth, vinegar, salt, 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. If desired, serve with fresh thyme.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 330 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 628mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 2g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.

It's especially nice to use this recipe in fall, when the weather gets crisp and the local 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