Classic Slow Cooker Beef Stew tastes like my mom's. No need for packaged soups in this comforting slow cooker beef stew. This recipe makes a good amount.
Add the meat to the slow cooker, then all of the ingredients, stopping at the vegetable juice.
In a bowl or 4-cup measuring cup, stir together the vegetable juice and the tapioca granules. Then pour the mixture over everything in the crock.
Cook on Low for 8-9 hours, or High for 5-6 hours, or until vegetables are to desired tenderness. Stir halfway through.
Remove thyme stems and bay leaves, and stir. Taste and adjust salt if needed.
Serve with some crusty bread or fluffy dinner rolls!
This recipe works best in a 7 or 8 quart slow cooker. If you are using a smaller slow cooker, reduce the meat to 1 1/2 lbs, and the veggies by 1/3 or so. You can keep the liquid the same.