Season and brown the beef as per slow cooker directions steps #1 and #2. Use your saute function.
Remove meat from pot and add a bit of the broth to help deglaze the pan.
Add beef back and add remaining ingredients, except the cornstarch and water.
Set to manual high for 35 minutes. Allow to natural release for 15 more minutes, then quick release.
Turn pot to saute and stir.
In a small bowl mix the cold water and cornstarch very well. Slowly pour into the stew while stirring.
Cook and stir until stew thickens.