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Apple Cider Beef Stew Recipe
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Apple Cider Beef Stew

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"Cubed stew beef combines with apples and apple cider to create a simple and sweet meal for the whole family to enjoy! Serve with a hearty, crusty bread."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs 15 mins

    2 hrs 45 mins


  1. Combine flour, salt, pepper, and thyme in a bowl. Toss beef cubes in the flour mixture.
  2. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat. Working in batches, brown beef cubes on all sides. Combine browned meat, apple cider, water, and cider vinegar in the pot and bring it to a boil. Add bay leaf; reduce heat to low. Simmer, partially covered, for 1 hour.
  3. Stir in carrots, potatoes, onions, celery, and apple and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 1 hour more.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 05, 2012

This may well be the best stew I have ever made and the leftovers get even better when reheated. The cider and apple give it a mellow sweetness.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 02, 2014

OK. different flavor. not great but nut unpleasant. not sure i will make again. I liked it more than hubs.

Jan 05, 2014

Yum! I'm making it for the second time in two weeks due to popular demand. The entire family loved it and it is good enough to make for company too (even your in-laws!) I followed the recipe exactly the first time and there wasn't much to change. I did need to double the flour mixture (I ran out the first time) and to save time, I put the flour mixture into a sealed container, added a few pieces of beef at a time, and gave it a good shake. This was a lot faster than rolling pieces individually in the flour like I did the first time. Make sure you brown the meat in batches don't crowd the cubes in the pan or it will steam rather than get the nice crispy brown crust you want. It will spatter quite a bit so use a splatter screen if you have one. I was worried about browning the meat too much as I thought it might overcook. Do not worry! The meat is soooo tender when the stew is done that there is absolutely no need to worry about overcooking it during browning. After you add the cider, vinegar and water, wait a few minutes before adding the meat back to the pan. Let the liquids start to get hot and loosen the yummy brown bits on the bottom of the pan. The recipe didn't specify whether or not to peel the apple. I didn't and the only thing that happened is that there were some pieces of well-cooked apple peel in the stew. Tasty, maybe good fiber, so whether or not to peel the apple is up to you. All in all, a great recipe! Enjoy!

Dec 02, 2013

This was AMAZING! My husband doubted this after seeing the cider, vinegar and apples. But followed the directions to a T and it was a hit with the whole family! Sweet, bit of spice and very hearty. Definitely adding to our list of regulars!

Aug 12, 2014

Everyone in the family loved it!

Dec 09, 2013

Zing! We loved the flavors of this delish stew. I have an abundance of apples and cider from a recent trip to a pick-your-own orchard. I also just bought a whole beef tenderloin for a dinner party. The butcher trimmed the end and packaged separately for stew. I made the recipe as written, and well, it's just about the best stew we've ever tasted. Thanks for sharing!

Nov 17, 2013

Oh my word, this was fantastic! I didn't change a single thing.

Nov 03, 2013

Very good stew recipe. I added a little cornstarch and water to make it thicker, otherwise I followed the recipe exactly. I served it during the football game and got rave reviews; great served with foccia bread. If you like more of a hearty/heavy beef stew you may not like the sweet/tangy flavor of this one.


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  • Calories
  • 526 kcal
  • 26%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 51.5 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol
  • 81 mg
  • 27%
  • Fat
  • 22.2 g
  • 34%
  • Fiber
  • 6.1 g
  • 24%
  • Protein
  • 29.9 g
  • 60%
  • Sodium
  • 891 mg
  • 36%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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