Barley Burger Stew Recipe
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Barley Burger Stew Recipe

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"I found this hearty stew recipe in an old cookbook purchased at a flea market," recalls Judy McCarthy of Derby, Kansas. "The blend of beef and barley really hits the spot on cool days."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 50 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 50 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 2-1/4 cups tomato juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 332 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 1681mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 6g fiber), 25g protein


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook beef, onion and celery until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomato juice, water, barley, chili powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 50-60 minutes or until barley is tender. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Barley Burger Stew in Taste of Home October/November 2000, p11

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Reviewed Mar. 24, 2016

"From an old cookbook, indeed. I still have a copy of the Betty Crocker "Cooking for Two" cookbook that I received for my bridal shower in 1974. This is one of our favorite family recipes, which I have been making for years. I always double the recipe. The leftover stew freezes very well."

Reviewed Jan. 12, 2016

"This was very good. It made a delicious supper for two with one serving left over for a quick lunch. I added some diced carrot and used tomato paste with more water as a substitute for the tomato juice."

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2014

"My husband really liked this but I thought it was okay. Will make again as my husband likes it."

Reviewed May. 26, 2013

"I am not sure why but my below review did not have the stars show up."

Reviewed May. 26, 2013

"This was sooo easy and it was really good. I doubled the recipe and froze some of it. When reheated it is just as good. Has a hearty meaty tomato flavor."

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