Apple Cider Beef Stew


  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 pounds cubed beef stew meat
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups apple cider
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 4 carrots, sliced
  • 3 potatoes, cubed
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 large McIntosh apple, sliced


  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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