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A scoop of apple cider beef stew with the slow cooker in the background.

Slow Cooker Apple Cider Beef Stew

This slow cooker Apple Cider Beef Stew is a set it & forget it meal. A creamy, thick brown gravy base with beef broth and apple cider, chunky vegetables and fall-apart beef that cooks in the slow cooker all day. The apple cider adds some sweetness and is a nice twist to traditional beef stew. 
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword apple cider beef stew, beef stew recipe, slow cooker beef stew
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 224kcal


  • lbs beef stew meat
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • cups yukon gold potatoes (cut into large bite-sized chunks)
  • 1 packet onion soup seasoning mix
  • 1 packet brown gravy mix
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) beef broth
  • cups apple cider
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • cup cold water


  • Combine the beef stew meat, carrots, celery, peas, potatoes, onion soup seasoning mix, brown gravy mix, tomato sauce, beef broth, and apple cider into the slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on LOW heat for 8 hours.
  • In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and cold water. Pour into stew and stir to combine. Cook on high for 15 minutes to thicken the stew.
  • Add additional salt & pepper as desired. Serve & enjoy!


Potatoes : Be sure and leave your potatoes and carrots in bigger chunks. Large, bite-sized chunks. You can peel the potato or not. I peel the bad parts, so my potatoes are half peeled.
Beef Broth : I prefer to use the full salt beef broth. You need the salt to hold up to the longer cook time, and to season the bland meat & vegetables. They beg for salt!


Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 225mg | Potassium: 788mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 3053IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 4mg