Awhile back I made an awesome beef stew using this recipe and a couple modifications.
First modification is I browned the beef in a pan with some olive oil before I added it to the slow cooker. Second modification is I added more veggies than it called for. Third modification is I waited until halfway through the cooking time before I added the vegetables so it wouldn't be mushy.
Here are some pictures of the process, and at the end, the final product.
We ate our stew with a loaf of rapid-bake cheddar onion bread. So good together.