Favorite Hamburger Stew Recipe
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Favorite Hamburger Stew Recipe

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I got this recipe from a woman at our church, Lois Henry, when I needed a way to use up our bounty of home-canned tomatoes. My husband loves it, and I like that it's easy to warm up for a carefree dinner in the winter months. —Marcia Clay, Truman, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 65 min.
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 65 min.
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 4 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 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 cup: 165 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 584mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 12g 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

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PKG14 User ID: 7912800 261647
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2017

"This is very good! I'll make again!"

recipehound54 User ID: 4246730 259496
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2017

"I made this because I had the ingredients on hand and because it looked quick and easy to throw together. I didn't expect 5-star taste--was I wrong! This is delicious comfort food. It was very tasty as made according to directions; I had about half a serving as a taste test and had to go back for another full serving. I would love to see how a few substitutions as suggested by other reviewers might change the dish. beef broth instead of water should give a richer flavor and V-8 would give it a little extra kick as would a bit of garlic. It also is a dish that is very healthy for diabetics and anyone who is carb conscious. Whether made as is or enhanced with other ingredients, this recipe is a keeper for my files!!"

rmlf1 User ID: 2979210 257650
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2016

"wow, my mom used to make this all the time! but w/o the rice. and she rolled the ground beef in little meatballs and called it meatball soup!"

nursesourpus User ID: 8949175 255099
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2016

"We loved this stew but did add some garlic and beef broth to it. It was delicious"

annrms User ID: 2649709 254688
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2016

"DH made this stew. He made one change in that he used bear meat instead of beef. It is a definite keeper recipe. It's hearty and filling. When he makes soup, chili, or stew he adds some beer or wine replacing some of the liquid. In this case, he used 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup vermouth instead of the 1 cup of water called for. Will make this recipe again!"

frajo110 User ID: 8266268 254338
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2016

"Tried this stew this evening and it was great. Just added a cup of water. Will make it again."

bbellito User ID: 1967423 254101
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2016

"This is very bland. I have other recipes that are similar but taste better. This is not something I would make again."

redhen1970 User ID: 4031186 254003
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2016

"Very basic with the invitation to add broth, red wine, fresh herbs. I added a couple garlic cloves, rosemary, chives and beef broth. Very tasty and my neighbors loved it."

ahmom User ID: 3426126 253913
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2016

"love love love"

Jenna092 User ID: 7825623 243761
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2016

"Great, basic recipe! It is rather bland in terms of seasonings, but you can easily add more spices to your liking. It could also easily be made in a crock pot."

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