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Cider Beef Stew for #SundaySupper

Cider Beef Stew | Magnolia Days

There is a certain scene in countless holiday movies. It is in a home perfectly decorated for the season. The table is set meticulously with fine china, seasonal linens, and mouth-watering food. People dressed in designer fashion are gathered around it looking polished and perfect. It is a scene of pure elegance that involves a whole lot of stress to make it happen in reality. However holiday entertaining does not have to be difficult, stressful, or in a perfect scene. It could be an easy, casual meal where the star of the show is cider beef stew. Simple and comforting is a hit every time.

A few relaxing moments can make someone’s day. This is easily done by inviting them to a hearty homemade meal. You can make cider beef stew a day or so ahead and then all you have to do is re-heat it on the stove. Serve it with cornbread and perhaps spiced or spiked cider. All you have to do is use holiday bowls and plates to add a festive touch.

Cider Beef Stew | Magnolia Days

Beef is always a part of my holiday meals. I think it makes the meals extra special. The great thing is it doesn’t have to be an expensive cut either. Inexpensive stew beef becomes so tender and flavorful after simmering for hours. For this stew, beef is simmered in apple cider, beef broth, and a load of vegetables including onion, celery, carrots, and potatoes. There’s even an apple in it too.

Cider Beef Stew | Magnolia Days

Do you prefer formal or casual meals? I prefer casual for the majority of the time and yet I have to go all out for certain special occasions. No matter the scene or the time of day, beef can be a part of your gathering. Scroll down to see a list beef recipes for appetizers, breakfast or brunch, main dish, or potluck-style. My fellow Sunday Supper contributors are sharing ones for easy entertaining during the holidays and throughout the year. Also check out the Beef – Let’s Celebrate Pinterest board for more beef recipes and inspiration.

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Cider Beef Stew | Magnolia Days
5 from 2 votes

Cider Beef Stew

Cider Beef Stew is a rich, thick, and hearty comforting meal. It's slow-simmered beef with apple cider, potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, and apple.
Course Stew
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4 to 6 servings
Author Renee


  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 onions sliced
  • 1 celery rib sliced
  • 2 1/2 cups apple cider
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 4 carrots peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 medium-sized russet potatoes peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 Granny Smith apple peeled, cored, and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch optional


  1. Combine flour, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle over beef and toss to coat.
  2. Heat oil in a large (7-quart) Dutch oven or soup pot over medium-high heat.
  3. Working in batches, add the beef to the pot and brown on all sides. Do not brown the beef all at once. Transfer browned beef to a plate.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and add onions and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions have softened, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add browned beef, cider, broth, and vinegar. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for 1 hour.
  6. Add carrots and stir to combine. Cover and cook for 1 hour.
  7. Add potatoes, apple, and thyme. Stir to combine. Cover and cook until potatoes are tender, about 30 to 45 minutes.
  8. Taste and adjust seasoning with additional salt and pepper.
  9. For a thicker stew, dissolve cornstarch in 2 tablespoons cold water and stir in, a little at time, until desired consistency is reached, during the final 10 minutes of cooking.

Recipe Notes

Cider Beef Stew is a rich, thick, and hearty comforting meal. It's slow-simmered beef with apple cider, potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, and apple.

Recipe adapted from one in the Better Homes and Gardens All-Time Favorite Beef Recipes cookbook published in 1977.

Are you ready for holiday entertaining? Take a look at these recipes with beef and see how easy it is to cook a special meal for your family and friends.


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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Beef Checkoff. All opinions are my own.

Recipe Rating

David @ CookingChat

Monday 22nd of December 2014

Great looking stew! Curious about how it tastes with the cider, haven't tried beef stew that way.

Family Foodie

Monday 22nd of December 2014

I just want a great big bowl of this deliciousness with a glass of wine. That is all.

Thalia @ butter and brioche

Monday 22nd of December 2014

This stew is seriously ALL I am craving right now. I just love how comforting, hearty and of course delicious it looks. Another great recipe!

Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom)

Monday 22nd of December 2014

This beef stew sounds incredible! I'm intrigued by the addition of cider!

Beef is always a part of our Christmas meal too. This year we are probably going to grill some steaks or braise some short ribs!

DB, Foodie Stuntman | Crazy Foodie Stunts

Sunday 21st of December 2014

After hearing about this during chat, I can see why everyone was swooning over this. Looks great!