Slow Cooker Apple Cider Beef Stew

A seasonal twist on a classic beef stew, made even easier in the slow cooker! Tender beef and root vegetables, flavored with a hint of apple cider.

Slow cooker apple cider beef stew recipe from @bakedbyrachel A seasonal twist on a classic dish!

I’m a huge fan of using my slow cooker throughout the year, but I know I’m probably in the minority there. Of course, now that it’s unofficially Fall, I can push slow cooker recipes your way and encourage you to dust them off and make a permanent spot on the counter for them.

Because you’ll want to use your slow cooker all of the time!

Regardless of if I’m home or not, I love the convenience of tossing in a bunch of ingredients and coming back to a delicious meal later in the day. It makes dinner so much easier! Serve and eat. No fuss! It’s just ready to go when we’re ready! I couldn’t love that more.

Slow cooker apple cider beef stew recipe from @bakedbyrachel A seasonal twist on a classic dish!

So far I’ve stuck primarily to savory dishes in the slow cooker, with the exception of apple sauce and apple butter. But, I hope to venture more into the idea non-savory recipes in the slow cooker soon. This is kind of a nice way to transition into that.

A sweet seasonal drink paired with a classic savory dish. It’s a fun Fall twist on beef stew. Tender beef and root vegetables, flavored with a hint of apple cider.

Dust off your slow cooker and whip up this apple cider beef stew!

Slow cooker apple cider beef stew recipe from @bakedbyrachel A seasonal twist on a classic dish!

Yield: Serves 6-8

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours and 15 minutes

Slow Cooker Apple Cider Beef Stew

A seasonal twist on a classic beef stew, made even easier in the slow cooker! Tender beef and root vegetables, flavored with a hint of apple cider.

Ingredients:

  • 2lb beef stew meat
  • 1C yellow onion
  • 1C carrots
  • 3/4C celery
  • 3C russet potatoes
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 3/4C beef broth
  • 3/4C apple cider
  • 1/4C all purpose flour

Directions:

  1. Prepare vegetables. Chop onions, celery and carrots. Peel and cube potatoes into roughly 1-inch pieces. Add vegetables to a 5-6quart slow cooker bowl. Cut stew meat into manageable 1 to 2-inch bite size pieces. Add to slow cooker. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, thyme, cinnamon and cumin. Finally add beef broth and apple cider. Gently stir, being sure to keep all potatoes completely covered by liquid.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8.
  3. In the last 10-15 minutes, remove 1 cup of liquid, whisk in a spoonful of flour at a time, up to 1/4 cup. Return to slow cooker, gently stirring to combine. Allow mixture to continue cooking and thicken slightly.
  4. Divide among bowls, serving warm.

This recipe was tested for 4 hours on high in a 6-quart slow cooker.

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35 Responses to “Slow Cooker Apple Cider Beef Stew”

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    Ghaelach — September 5, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Hi Rachel.
    Brings back a lot of memories, just seeing the photo’s. When I was young we used to get a lot of Irish stew’s because both my parents where Irish.
    I have seen many recipes done with a slow cooker and you being the expert I’d like to ask if this recipe can be cooked quicker than by the slow cooker method.
    Hope you understand what I’m asking.
    Ghaelach (AKA – James Stuart White)

    • Rachel — September 5th, 2014 @ 2:17 pm

      I haven’t personally made this outside of the slow cooker, but if you’re familiar with cooking stew in a large stockpot then it would follow the same general guidelines. Keep in mind that cooking in a large stockpot will still require minimum of 30-60 minutes, but that’s obviously faster than a slow cooker method. Good luck! :)

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    Deb Harrington — September 5, 2014 at 7:42 am

    I can’t wait to try this; sounds yummy! I LOVE the bowls you chose to use to exhibit the Slow Cooker Apple Cider Beef Stew! Pottery or ceramic? FYI, I use my slow cooker year round! Have a beautiful weekend Rachel. God bless!

    • Rachel — September 5th, 2014 @ 2:18 pm

      Thanks Deb!

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    Sommer @ASpicyPerspective — September 5, 2014 at 10:57 am

    A perfect fall stew! I can’t wait to be warming up with this stew!

    • Rachel — September 5th, 2014 @ 2:18 pm

      Thanks Sommer!

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    Stephanie @ Cookin' Cowgirl — September 5, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Rachel, this looks and sounds amazing!! I’m so ready for fall, even though I’m a year-round crock pot user. I’m pinning this one for later, can’t wait to try it!! Thanks for sharing!
    Steph

    • Rachel — September 5th, 2014 @ 2:18 pm

      Thanks Stephanie!

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    Jessica | Saucy Pear — September 5, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    I’m still resisting my fall-ish impulses, but if my husband saw this, it would be on the MUST.MAKE.NOW. list! Beef stew is such perfect fall food!

    • Rachel — September 5th, 2014 @ 2:18 pm

      I’m in full blown Fall mode now. Once September hits, there’s no looking back ;)

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    Ashley | The Recipe Rebel — September 5, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    I love the combination of sweet and savory! This looks delicious — pinned!

    • Rachel — September 6th, 2014 @ 8:36 am

      Thanks Ashley!

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    Liz @ Floating Kitchen — September 5, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    This stew looks perfect. I love my slow cooker. I think it’s time to dust it off from it’s summer time nap!

    • Rachel — September 6th, 2014 @ 8:36 am

      Thanks Liz!

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    Amanda — September 5, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    This looks amazing! Best comfort food!

    • Rachel — September 6th, 2014 @ 8:36 am

      Thanks Amanda!

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    Marla Meridith — September 6, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    This stew looks wonderful!

    • Rachel — September 7th, 2014 @ 7:55 am

      Thanks Marla!

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    Jen @ Baked by an Introvert — September 6, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    My slow cooker is my best friend. And your recipe will be perfect for cooler weather. I’m pinning this one for later!

    • Rachel — September 7th, 2014 @ 7:57 am

      Thanks Jen!

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    Mindy — September 6, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Looks delicious! Can you please tell me where you got those bowls? I love them!!

    • Rachel — September 7th, 2014 @ 7:57 am

      Thank you. And the bowls have been discontinued, sorry!

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    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking — September 6, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    What a wonderful twist! Love the photos too. Gorgeous!

    • Rachel — September 7th, 2014 @ 7:57 am

      Thanks Lindsey!

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    Christina — September 9, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I’m making this tonight! I was reading the directions and I don’t see where to add the cinnamon. I’m assuming with the other spices obviously. I just didn’t want to put the cinnamon in of it’s a typo!!

    • Rachel — September 9th, 2014 @ 11:41 am

      Correct, it should be added in with the other spices. Sorry about that! Enjoy! :)

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    Christina — September 9, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Ok just wanted to make sure I wasn’t losing my mind! Thanks Rachel! I’m pretending it’s Fall here even though it’s about 100 degrees every single day!

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    jennifer — October 21, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Hi Rachel,

    I cannot wait to make this recipe this week! I have one, very silly (ok stupid) question. Does this recipe call for apple cider vinegar or apple cider juice?

    It just dawned on me as I was making my shopping list.

    • Rachel — October 21st, 2014 @ 5:19 pm

      It is apple cider (juice), but not apple juice. Hope that helps! Enjoy! :)

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    Beth Walsh — October 21, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    This was an amazing dish! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Rachel — October 21st, 2014 @ 5:20 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it!

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    jennifer — October 29, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Rachel thank you so much for replying to my question last week! This was a big hit! My step father eats like a bird, but went in for seconds and took the small amount of leftovers home with him along with snagging the printed recipe I had one the counter from cooking it. Certainly will be making this again soon!

    • Rachel — October 29th, 2014 @ 3:54 pm

      Not a problem! And I’m glad to hear it was so well received! Thanks for sharing. :)

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    Danah — November 15, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    I made this tonight and it was SO incredibly delicious and flavorful. The perfect stew for cool nights. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Rachel — November 16th, 2016 @ 8:48 am

      So glad to hear you enjoyed it, Danah!

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