Spicy Fall Beef Stew with Apples

This is not your typical beef stew with carrots and potatoes.  This slow cooker beef stew is a new twist on old comfort food.  It’s full of flavor and fragrant from the addition of apples, apricots, and my favorite spice blend Garam Masala. 


Gouge my eyes out.  What day is it?  I need a nap, my back hurts, my hair is frizzy, my wash machine smells musty.  Kenny has been out of town since Saturday.  He’s in sunny Seattle, while we’re in rainy Michigan.  I think he brought our lovely fall weather with him and Seattles misty mess showed up here in its place.  What’s better on a dreary rainy day than beef stew?  I have many versions of beef stew here, but none quite like this.  This weather calls for more than just comfort food, it’s screaming for flavor!


With my main squeeze gone, and me left to man the battleship alone, I not only had the dilemma of getting dinner on the table this week, but getting my blog post up on time!  So What’s 4 Dinner Wednesdays is a wee bit late this week.  Please forgive.

Ribbet collageThis stew was inspired by a recipe for Moroccan-Spiced Beef Stew I found in my Slow Cooker Revolution Cookbook.  I didn’t have the right ingredients so I improvised and came up with this new twist on an old fashioned comfort food.

IMG_0126Apples and apricots are not something I would normally think to pair with beef, but now that I have I can’t imagine anything better!

And BTW….my kids loved it!


IMG_0129Beef Stew brings a few things to mind….thanks to the movie Benchwarmers beef stew took on a whole new meaning that I rather not discuss at this time, or think about…but now I am thinking about it…EWWww.

When attempting to describe beef stew a few words pop to mind, brown, gravy, brown, and gravy….oh did I say that already? That’s why I wanted to share this recipe, this beef stew is everything but nondescript and blah. Although come to think of it I have a few other beef stew recipes posted and none of them are really brown and boring but none fly off the flavor charts quite like this one.  Garam Masala and loads of paprika give this stew an extraordinary punch of flavor.

If you have never used Garam Masala before you must start.  It includes a blend of coriander, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, dried chilies, and sometimes cumin, cloves, fennel, and mace…..see what’s I’m sayin’.  In the words of Guy Fieri “flavortown”.  Garam Masala can be found right along side all your other favorite spices.

IMG_0132The fact that this is a slow cooker recipe make it a no brainer for the Dinner Dilemma series.  It took me 15 minutes to throw together, then I just turned my cooker on high and left it alone for 7 hours.  You can also cook on low for up to 9 hours, perfect for anyone that works outside the home.



IMG_0140Just in case apples, apricots, and garam masala are way out of your comfort zone for beef stew here are a few of my tried and true favorites…one is even an award winner!

Sunday Dinner ~ Beef Stew 

Burgundy Mushroom Beef Stew

Chocolate Stout Beef Stew

I hope the sun is shining in your neck of the woods!

XOX, Sheila

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  1. 1

    LOVE beef stew! It’s the ultimate comfort food. This variation sounds and looks super tasty!
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough recently posted..recipe roundup — fall sweets + breakfast treatsMy Profile

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    I am DEFINITELY going to try this, just printed it off. I’m intrigued by the beef with the fruits and garam masala…have a feeling we’re all going to love it! And, hey, I just started your recommendation “Bread & Wine”…it’s great so far!! 🙂
    Brenda @ a farmgirl’s dabbles recently posted..Turtle Pecan Cluster CheesecakeMy Profile

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      Sheila :

      Brenda, I would love to chat with you after you’re done reading. Wish you lived nearby so you could join our dinner club that started as a result of this book! XOX Sheila

  3. 3

    Love all of these flavors!!! And fist pump for garam masala recipes on the same day!!!! Kisses from rainy GR. 🙂
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl recently posted..Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka MasalaMy Profile

  4. 4

    Love the dinner dilemma wednesday series. I find so many great ideas- this included!!
    kelley {mountain mama cooks} recently posted..Slow Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joe Stuffed Baked Potatoes + GiveawayMy Profile

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      Sheila :

      Kelly, I would love to have you as a Dinner Dilemma guest blogger 😉 LMK!! no pressure of course. Thanks for stopping in! Sheila

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    Des :

    Yum!! And I will say our weather has been pretty good. Too bad you couldn’t come with, we could’ve gone out for margaritas together! 🙂
    Des recently posted..Witch Hat Caramel BrowniesMy Profile

  6. 6

    Your dinner dilemma posts are so helpful! I love this idea for beef stew, with APPLES! Such a great twist, Sheila!

  7. 7

    Love the flavors and spices in this. SO totally unique… and now I’m craving stew. :9
    Laurie {SimplyScratch} recently posted..Baked Mostaccioli + Enter to Win the Rockcrok GIVEAWAY!My Profile

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    Wow — Love this take on beef stew. I adore garam masala … now you have me totally craving a hearty stew like this.
    Sarah W. Caron (Sarah’s Cucina Bella) recently posted..Lemon Raspberry Bundt CakeMy Profile

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    Janey :

    This sounds delish – so it’s going on my TRY THIS list. We traveled to Holland on Wednesday just to see the color – we were not disappointed – a lot more color than here in IN. Even though it rained and there was no sun, we enjoyed the drive (and good eats in Holland) and seeing the 4 ft waves on the lake before heading back to Indiana. Michigan offers so much beauty especially this time of year.

    • 9.1
      Sheila :

      What a fun drive, glad even thought the weather was ick you were able to enjoy your scenic drive. We love Holland! Was just there tonight for the Hope/ Calvin volleyball shoot out!

  10. 10

    Wow, I wouldn’t have put those together in a stew either but now that I think about it, it sounds wonderful. Tough to think of mist and cold when it’s nearly 90 degrees here. 🙂
    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef recently posted..Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and the Best BreakfastMy Profile

  11. 11

    I LOVE my slow cooker and THIS is going in it ASAP! Looks so delish!!! And perfect for this cold weather…. we got a LITTLE snow this morning!
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