Spiced Beef & Sage Stuffed Apples


I can’t get enough of these spiced beef and sage stuffed apples! They are seriously what fall dreams are made of: sweet apples, slightly tart cranberries and delicious warming spices.

Savory Beef and Sage Baked Apples by Ashley of MyHeartBeets.com
Thanks ALDI for sponsoring today’s post! 🙂 I love that they carry so many organic, gluten-free and healthy options for me and my readers!

These little baked apples may look fancy, but they’re surprisingly easy to make. You’ll need a melon baller to scoop and hollow out the apple halves – trust me, this will take no time at all. Once that’s done, just fill them up with my spiced ground beef filling and stick them in the oven.

These stuffed apples make for the perfect fall party appetizer – or you can enjoy them as a meal. This dish is simple enough to make on a weeknight!

Savory Beef and Sage Baked Apples by Ashley of MyHeartBeets.com

You will love the different textures and flavors in this dish. The cranberries have a slight chew to them. The walnuts develop a perfectly toasty flavor in the oven. The apples are so sweet and tender. The celery adds a little crunch. And the ground beef is perfectly seasoned.

The best part about this recipe is that it’s delicious, healthy and affordable. I bought organic apples, organic celery, organic walnuts, grass fed ground beef and even organic spices from ALDI to make this savory and sweet app/snack/meal.

Did you see my Instagram post about finding organic spices at my local ALDI? I’ve mentioned my love for their store on many occasions – it makes me so happy to see them continue to expand their organic/healthy options. I hope you’ve bookmarked my real food shopping guide at ALDI blog post – I keep updating it with my new finds!

Savory Beef and Sage Baked Apples by Ashley of MyHeartBeets.com

If you want to make this dish for a more casual event – like a football party or for tailgating – just chop up the apples and add them directly to the ground beef mixture. If you go this route, I suggest toasting the walnuts in the oven separately. The toasty flavor really adds a lot to the dish.

If you make these even once during apple season, I’m sure you’ll make them again!

Savory Beef and Sage Baked Apples by Ashley of MyHeartBeets.com

Spiced Beef & Sage Stuffed Apples

Savory Beef and Sage Baked Apples by Ashley of MyHeartBeets.com

Spiced Beef & Sage Stuffed Apples

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Servings 2 -3
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins


  • 6 Apples halved and hollowed out using a melon baller

Savory Ground Beef Filling:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • cup dried cranberries
  • 2 stalks celery finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • ½ cup walnut halves and pieces chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Add the oil and onions to a sauté pan or dutch oven over medium heat. Sauté for 5-6 minutes, or until the onions have softened.
  • Next, add the ground beef and spices and cook until browned.
  • Turn off the heat.
  • Stir in the cranberries, celery, walnuts and sage.
  • Spoon the mixture into the hollowed apple halves and bake at 350F for 25 minutes, or until the apples are tender.
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  1. Wendy says

    The recipe sounds great but what do you do with the insides of the apples? It seems a waste to throw all that away.

    • My Heart Beets says

      Thanks, Wendy! I eat the insides of the apples – never waste! Or I’ll add the extra apple pieces at the end and eat whatever stuffing I don’t use on it’s own. Hope that helps 🙂

  2. Judee says

    This is an intriguing idea, and I love the presentation. Im sure I could come up with a vegetarian version- maybe butternut squash instead of beef in the filling??

  3. Yar says

    This looks SO GOOD!! I have most of the ingredients, so I might run to the store to get the rest and make it later today! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Sarah says

    This looks awesome! I want to make it tonight but I am out of paprika. Would Kashmiri chili powder or Degi mirch work as a substitute?

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Sarah! Yes, Kashmiri chili powder/Degi mirch will work! I’d say use ½ to 1 teaspoon of Kashmiri chili (or more depending on your heat preference) and leave out the Cayenne. Let me know how this turns out for you! 🙂

      • Sarah says

        Hi Ashley- It turned out well! I used 1/2 tsp of Degi mirch and left out the cayenne and there wasn’t a lot of heat, so I may add a pinch of cayenne to the leftover filling. The walnuts and cranberries were a nice addition- next time I’ll sprinkle a little of each on top as well before baking just to get more crunch.

        Thanks again for the recipe!

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