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This hearty Autumn Beef and Cider Stew marries two of our favorite things — Beef and Apple Cider — to create a fall meal anyone can fall in love with. This recipe is adapted from Beef Loving Texans.


  • 2 pounds Stew Meat
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed french onion soup
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 pound sweet potatoes
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries


  • Cook bacon in stockpot over medium heat until crisp; remove with slotted spoon to paper-towel-lined plate. Brown 1/2 of Beef Stew Meat in bacon drippings over medium heat; remove from stockpot. Repeat with remaining beef; season with salt and pepper.
  • Return beef and bacon to stockpot. Add soup and cider; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer 1–1/2 hours.
  • Add sweet potatoes and cranberries to stockpot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; continue simmering, covered, 20 to 30 minutes or until beef and potatoes are fork-tender.
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