Favorite Hamburger Stew Recipe
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Favorite Hamburger Stew Recipe

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"Lois Henry, a lady in our church, first gave my this recipe as a way to use our bounty of home-canned tomatoes," comments Marcia Clay of Truman, Minnesota. "My husband loves it, and I like that it's easy to warm up for a carefree dinner in the winter months."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 50 min.
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 50 min.
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 2 pounds ground turkey or beef
    With Johnsonville Italian Sausage.

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  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 4 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) stewed tomatoes
  • 8 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 4 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons pepper
  • ADDITIONAL INGREDIENT (for each batch of stew):
  • 1 cup water

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 165 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 584 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 12 g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef and onions over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the tomatoes, carrots, celery, potatoes, water, rice, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until vegetables and rice are tender.
  2. Uncover; simmer 20-30 minutes longer or until thickened. Freeze in 3-cup portions for up to 3 months.
  3. To use frozen stew: Thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Transfer to a saucepan; add water. Cook until hot and bubbly. Yield: about 5 batches (15 cups total).
Originally published as Hamburger Stew in Quick Cooking November/December 2003, p52

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 165 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 584 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 12 g protein.

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Reviewed Sep. 13, 2014

Came out great! I used beef stew meat, (had it in the freezer) instead of the ground meat, added 1 cup of beef bouillon, and some minced garlic. Also, I used 1 can diced fire roasted tomatoes and 1 can plain diced tomatoes since I had those on hand instead of the stewed tomatoes.

I had actually cut the recipe in half. Other than these additions I followed the recipe.

Reviewed Sep. 9, 2014

Our family loves Hamburger Stew! I also add green beans, corn, and okra the last 20 to 30 minutes.

Reviewed Mar. 27, 2014

This is such a colorful meal, I love cooking this for my fiance and I. I'll add just the smallest dash of A-1 to give it a robust tart.

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2013

Overall Very delicious recipe. I have a big family so I tripled the amount. I did not add potatoes. I did however add more spices such as garlic, basil leaves, thyme, etc. I like a lot of bold flavors. Also, I put a few jalapenos. I will continue to make this as it was an easy recipe.

Reviewed Dec. 10, 2013

So good! even my picky preschooler and my toddler LOVED this recipe! We took the leftovers camping and heated them up, just as good the second day. Definitely making this again, will try with venison next time.

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