Beef Stew with Cider and Cinnamon

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on December 10, 2010

Seriously. It works.

You’re just going to have to trust me on this one.

(The cinnamon and cider flavors are a subtle and delicious addition to this stew.)

Beef Stew with Cider and Cinnamon


  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil ($.10)
  • About 1 lb. beef stew meat ($2.39)
  • 1 small red onion, chopped ($.30)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed ($.10)
  • 1 Tbsp steak seasoning (free)
  • 2 cups homemade or store bought beef broth (free to $1)
  • 1-2 cups water, depending on how long you plan to let it simmer
  • 2 cups apple cider or apple juice ($.25)
  • 1 bag frozen mixed veggies ($.88)
  • 4 potatoes, peeled and cubed ($.60)
  • Couple dashes of cinnamon and ginger, each ($.10)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. To a large saucepan or Dutch oven, add the olive oil and turn onto high heat.  Add the stew meat and brown on all sides.  Add the red onion and garlic cloves as the beef is browning.  Once browned, add the steak seasoning, beef broth, water and apple cider/juice.  Stir and then add the mixed veggies (can be added frozen), and the cubed potatoes.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 45 minutes.  Add a couple of dashes of cinnamon and ginger, as well as some salt and pepper to taste. (Cover if too much water boils off, or add water/cider/juice if necessary.)
  2. That’s it. A one dish meal. Or you could serve with side salad or bread.
  3. Serve Beef Stew with Cider and Cinnamon.

Cost $4.72

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Sheila December 10, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Thanks! This is so timely. I was just planning to make a beef stew and I didn’t want to make the same ‘ol, same ‘ol. :)


Debbi Does Dinner Healthy December 12, 2010 at 8:22 pm

I believe that is works! It sounds delicious! I’ll try it for sure, thanks!


Shannon P. December 20, 2010 at 12:33 am

It does work. It works quite well. I made this last week and it was a hit with the hubby and kiddos. It has a mild flavor, but very tasty. It was actually the very best the next day when we had the leftovers for lunch. Super easy to make … and you can’t beat only having ONE pot to clean up!

I’ll definitely be making this one again!


Ardee October 13, 2011 at 7:01 pm

How quaint! I was looking for a meal to take to my dad and brother that I could leave with them that would make for good leftovers. Dad is a major meat-and-potatoes man and loves a good stew. What a perfect find!


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