Orchard Beef Stew - 1 Guiding Stars
Active Time
Total Time
One Guiding Star icon One Guiding Star indicates good nutritional value.

Using fruit at the end of a long cooking time adds both acidity and sweetness to this otherwise classic stew.

Tip: The long cooking times necessary to make lean cuts as tender as possible mean that this recipe is well-suited for slow cooker modification. Brown the meat with the onions and wait until the final hour to add the fruit.


  • 1 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ lbs. lean stew beef, cubed
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 3 cups low-fat, low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1½ cups mixed pears and apples, cubed


  1. Heat the oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-low heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until soft (5-8 minutes). Add the meat and brown. Add carrots, broth, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  2. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until meat is tender (1-5 hours). With lean cuts, longer cook times help produce tender meat.
  3. Add the apples and pears. Cover and cook over low heat until fruit is just soft (10-15 minutes).
Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 220; Total Fat 8.5g (11% Daily Value); Saturated Fat 2.5g (12% DV); Trans Fat 0.5g; Cholesterol 74mg (25% DV); Sodium 360mg (16% DV); Total Carbohydrate 11g (4% DV); Dietary Fiber 2g (8% DV); Total Sugars 6g; Includes 0g Added Sugars (0% DV); Protein 26g; Vitamin D 0% DV; Calcium 2% DV; Iron 15% DV; Potassium 10% DV; Vitamin B12 110% DV; Niacin 70% DV; Zinc 60% DV.
Recipe by Guiding Stars at https://guidingstars.com/recipes/orchard-beef-stew/
© 2021 Guiding Stars Licensing Company. All rights reserved. US Patent Nos. 7,974,881; 8,626,796