This classic beef stew recipe is easy and delicious. The addition of apple cider gives it a nice sweetness and depth of flavor. This beef stew is made with stew beef, potatoes, carrots, and apple cider in a slow cooker.
Place carrots, potatoes, and apples in the bottom of a slow cooker. Add meat and sprinkle with salt, thyme, and chopped onion. Pour cider over meat.
Cover and cook on low heat for 8 to 10 hours.
Thicken juices with a flour and cold water mixture (about 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons flour and 2 tablespoons water), cooking on high in slow cooker until thickened. Alternately, transfer the stew to a large stockpot over medium heat and cook down juices before thickening.