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Apple Cider Beef Stew Recipe

A great recipe that is perfect for fall and you can prep it ahead! Check out my latest creation that I worked with Ziploc to craft!

This blend of sweet apples, seasoned beef and farm fresh vegetables is one of my absolute favorite dishes for welcoming fall. It is so easy, yet tastes like you have slaved over it for hours. (Don’t tell anyone that it was Mrs. Slow Cooker that did all that slaving.)

The meat is quickly browned with thyme, pepper and salt sealing in the marinating the meats natural flavorings. The fresh vegetables ensure that you don’t have to spend extra time working to make sure there are adequate side dishes on the table. And the addition of fall apples makes the dish scream FALL!

This was a family favorite growing up and still is to this day. It is easy to prepare ahead of time and it makes your house smell amazing. And like most recipes found around these parts; it is freezer friendly as well.


Tricia @ onceamonthmeals.com


  • 0.5    cups    water
  • 2    pounds    beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3    Tablespoons    all-purpose flour
  • .75    Tablespoons    salt
  • 0.5    teaspoon    pepper
  • 0.5    teaspoon    dried thyme
  • 3    Tablespoons    cooking oil
  • 2    cups    apple cider or apple juice
  • 2    Tablespoons    vinegar
  • 3    whole    potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 4    whole    carrots, quartered
  • 2    whole    onions, sliced
  • 1    stalks    celery, sliced
  • 2    whole    apples, sliced (or diced)
  • 1   gallon-sized Ziploc Brand bag or 4 quart-sized Ziploc Brand Freezer bags


  1. Place meat in a gallon-sized Ziploc Brand bag and add mixture of flour, salt, pepper and thyme.
  2. Shake until well coated.
  3. Brown meat in hot oil.
  4. Drain off fat.
  5. In a 4-6 quart slow cooker add remaining vegetables, apples, juice/cider and water.
  6. Add meat on top.
  7. Cook on low 10-12 hours or high 6-8 hours

This is a great recipe that you can also make in advance and serve later!

Freezing Directions:

  1. Repeat steps 1-4 from above.
  2. Divide meat among 4 quart-sized Ziploc Brand Freezer bags
  3. Place potatoes in 4 gallon-sized Ziploc Brand Freezer bags on bottom and add remaining vegetables, apples, juice/cider and water
  4. Freeze along with meat
  5. Thaw and place meat and vegetable mixture in a slow cooker on low 10-12 hours or high 6-8 hours

Servings: 4-6

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21 Responses to “Apple Cider Beef Stew Recipe”

  1. Kimberly says:

    Why do you divide the meat and vegetables into quart-sized bags for freezing?

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  3. Lisa S. says:

    This was the best stew I think I have ever had. So, so yummy! Thanks for including this recipe.

  4. This is so going on the menu for next week! I have a bunch of stew meat already in the freezer! Thanks!

  5. Ann says:

    Confused. How much water? 0.5 cup or 5 cups?

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  7. Priscilla says:

    what about the vinegar? did I miss that or do the directions never say to add it?

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  9. Marnnie says:

    whats the significance of the potatoes on the bottom in the zip bag in the freezing process? i’m new at this ;0)

  10. Kristine Fierce says:

    I made this yesterday and it was delicious. Perfect cold day family meal.

  11. Elise says:

    Do you think it would work well with chicken too?

  12. Lois Simons says:

    The apple cider Beef Stew is in the crock pot right now for supper tonight. Thank you for sharing this wonderful version of beef stew. It is sure to be a favorite.

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