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Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Apple Cider

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Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew ------- Recipe: Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew Image © Diana Rattray
Apple juice and bacon make this a flavorful recipe for beef stew, and it's packed with vegetables. Serve this beef stew with crusty bread or rolls for a delicious everyday meal.
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Yield: Serves 4 to 6


  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds lean stewing beef, cut in bit-size pieces
  • 2 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 1/2 pounds potatoes (about 5 or 6 medium potatoes), diced
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1 1/2 cups diced rutabaga or turnip, or add another potato and another carrot
  • 1 cup frozen pearl onions
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley, optional


Cook bacon, beef, and onions a large skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the beef is browned and bacon is cooked. Put the beef and onions in the slow cooker with the bacon, beef broth, apple cider, potatoes, carrots, celery, rutabaga (if using), pearl onions, bay leaf, rosemary, and pepper. Cover and cook for 7 to 9 hours. Combine flour with cold water to form a smooth mixture. Stir into the beef mixture, turn to HIGH, and continue cooking for 15 minutes longer. Stir in parsley, if using.
Serves 4 to 6.


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 1 out of 5
Will not make again, Member angelcakez

Decided to use this recipe only because I had leftover apple cider since normally the ingredients and preparation would be tedious and more difficult than traditional recipes. Followed this recipe to a T and in return got a bland watery stew. I'd recommend doubling the flour and instead of adding cold water to blend, use existing broth to mix with. I also had to add in a packet of McCormick Beef Stew Seasoning and a tsp of salt to make it taste ok. Overall this recipe ended up wasting more time than it normally would in other recipes for a very mediocre taste WITH the tweaks that had to be made. Will not try again.

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