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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: 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 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. 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."

Reviewed Apr. 10, 2015

"Absolutely delicious and so easy to put together. My husband and I loved it.

Nancy Foust
Field Editor PA"

Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"Even after going thru all the comments and doctoring up the recipe with some suggestions, this was still just a so-so dish. Definitely have to leave cover a lot longer, to get rice, potatoes and carrots soft enough. Added additional beef broth, chili powder, garlic, Italian seasonings, worchestershire sauce, and it's just not doing it for this family. Glad I only mad a 1/2 batch!"

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