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

165 calories: 1 cup, 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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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."

Reviewed Feb. 9, 2016

"RPAP: Beef broth in lieu of water adds a bit more punch. Also, adding about a cup of V8, tomato sauce or even tomato soup brightens it up a lot. I also add a clove of garlic.

Great basic recipe and awesome the next day. :-)"

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2015

"Inexpensive to make and TASTY!! It's also very flexible - I've replaced the veggies in the recipe with frozen veggies, or whatever is in my crisper. We add a few dashes of hot sauce or chili flakes. Tastes even better the next day."

Reviewed Oct. 31, 2015

"This recipe has become a family favorite. I do add worshestershire sauce and Tabasco. It makes all the difference!"

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2015

"This recipe has potential, but is very bland as is. It needs additional liquid along with some spices. Probably won't try it again."

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2015

"I have not tried this particular recipe but I have one quite similar only difference mine calls for chopped cabbage. There is your flavor! Give it a try, along with the vegetables called for and yes BEEF broth. This is a soup and with some Italian bread or a crusty bread you have a meal. It calls for sweet basil,salt,pepper & a pinch of oregano."

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2015

"I changed it into a soup. I added barley instead of the rice. Added extra water and some beef bouillon. Turned out good. Husband loved it."

Reviewed Sep. 15, 2015

"I made one like this, but it had 1/4 tsp dried oregano, 1/4 tsp dried basil. and 1/4 tsp thyme. and I used quinoa in place of the potatoes, plus I added 4 cups tomato juice, Placed in crock pot. Turned out great"

Reviewed Sep. 15, 2015

"Hearty enough but very bland. Just what one would expect for a recipe that doesn't have a single spice added but salt and pepper...I added the S@P, garlic powder, some worcestershire, and most of all some beef broth that really made the difference. Way too bland with just water...I also added elbow macaroni that was delicious..."

Reviewed Sep. 7, 2015

"I thought this tasted better the next day. I did make a couple of changes. I cooked in the crockpot on low for 7 hours. I also used Italian diced tomatoes instead of stewed and added a can of tomato soup to balance out the seasoning in the diced tomatoes which was a bit too much left as is. I also omitted the rice since the recipe had cubed potatoes."

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