Quick Beef Stew Recipe
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Quick Beef Stew Recipe

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This recipe deliciously proves savory stews don't have to simmer for hours.—Laura McCormick, Lebanon, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 5 medium red potatoes, cubed
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 195 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 391mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 16g protein.


  1. Place the potatoes and water in a microwave-safe dish; microwave on high until almost tender, about 7-9 minutes. Set aside (do not drain).
  2. In a 3-qt. microwave-safe dish, cook beef and onion on medium until beef is browned, about 8 minutes; drain. Add potatoes and remaining ingredients. Cover and microwave on medium for 12 minutes or until potatoes are tender and vegetables are heated through. Yield: 12 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Quick Beef Stew in Country Woman March/April 1996, p35

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Joscy User ID: 2694585 7017
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2014

"Agree with previous reviewer, would not use microwave for this. Best made on stovetop."

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