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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


  • 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


  • 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.


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