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!

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.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beef, Dinner, Slow cooker
Servings: 6 plus

Ingredients

  • 2 lb beef stew meat
  • 1 C yellow onion
  • 1 C carrots
  • 3/4 C celery
  • 3 C 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 3/4 C beef broth
  • 3/4 C apple cider
  • 1/4 C all purpose flour *see notes

Instructions

  • 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.
  • Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8.
  • 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.
  • Divide among bowls, serving warm.

Notes

Recipe serves roughly 6-8.
Gluten free option: Substitute 2 tablespoons cornstarch for flour.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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