Beef Stew Crock Pot Advice

So now that the weather is getting cooler, I've started thinking about heartier meals. I want to make a beef stew in my crock pot, but in the past it has come out watery and bland. My basis method is dredging beef chuck in flour, searing in a pan, then adding the beef to the crock pot with water, onion, carrots, etc. and slow cooking the whole thing for about eight hours. Any tips on how to get a thicker, more tasty stew?

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