Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Apple Cider Beef Stew

We eat a lot of soups and stews in the wintertime.  This winter has me looking for new recipes to try on these cold and frosty nights.  I came across this recipe in an issue of Taste of Home Slow Cooker Recipes.  I would have never thought of using apple cider and cinnamon in beef stew, but this is really delicious!

Apple Cider Beef Stew

4 cups frozen vegetables for stew (I couldn't find these so I just cut up potatoes, carrots, celery and onions like I would for regular stew)
1 can (8 oz.) sliced water chestnuts (I would leave this out next time.  We didn't care for the crunch factor in stew)
1 jar (4 oz.) sliced mushrooms drained
2 envelopes brown gravy mix
2 tablespoons onion soup mix
2 teaspoons steak seasoning
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
2 lbs. beef stew meat cut in 1 inch cubes
1 can (14 1/2 oz.) beef broth
1 1/4 cups apple cider OR unsweetened apple juice
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
1 bay leaf
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/3 cup cold water

Place the vegetables, water chestnuts and mushrooms in a 5 quart 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.  Shake to coat.  Add to slow cooker.

Combine the broth, cider and tomato sauce;  pour over beef.  Add the bay leaf.  Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until meat is tender.  (Next time I would increase the time if I use fresh veggies.  The potatoes weren't quite done but the meat was tender)

Combine cornstarch and water and stir til smooth;  stir into stew.  Cover and cook on high for 15 minutes or until thickened.  Discard bay leaf before serving.   Makes 12 servings.


  1. I'll have to save this one...the boyfriend promised me a slow cooker for my birthday...mmmm.

  2. YUM!! I love slow cooker recipes and this one's a keeper. It's only 10:30 in the morning and you've made me hungry for lunch already!

  3. I Luuuvs me some beef stew. I have to make this too. Have you ever made apple cider chicken ? OMG the cider cooks down to a glaze - absolutely heaven. We had it out at a restaurant and I couldn't believe vinegar could cook down into something so yummy .
    Now I'm hungry.......

  4. I would have never thought to use Apple Cider either! Sounds delicious though :)

  5. that looks so good..I can almost smell it! I love one pot meals ;-)

  6. That looks so good,,,thanks for stopping by,,and here is the link you go to to sign up for the 20 minutes..have a great day..


  7. Mmmm.. I love beef stew.. a true winter favourite. Oh, now I wish I had some now for lunch.

  8. Perfect! I was looking for something for dinner tonight, and I don't leave the house often when it's cold, but I'll got to the grocery store to try this!

  9. Thanks for sharing. Thats looks like one to try out in my crockpot.

    I always associate apple n cider with Pork.



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