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Southwestern Beef Barley Stew Recipe
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Southwestern Beef Barley Stew Recipe

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Hearty and easy to fix, this thick stew, from Lisa Kolenicn of Regina, Saskatchewan, has a comforting, chili-like flavor. "It's my best barley recipe. I'm sure you'll agree that it's a tasty dish."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:3 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 3 servings


  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1-3/4 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium beef bouillon granules
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking barley
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups equals 269 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 37 mg cholesterol, 456 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 20 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch 1 vegetable


  1. In a large saucepan, cook the beef, celery and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain.
  2. Stir in the water, bouillon, chili powder and pepper. Bring to a boil. Stir in barley. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until barley is tender. Stir in tomatoes; heat through. Yield: 4 cups.
Originally published as Beef Barley Stew in Cooking for 2 Spring 2008, p35

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Reviewed Aug. 19, 2012

"I made it with ground turkey, and also realized I was out of bouillon as I was prepping things. I added extra herbs/spices and it was JUST as tasty. VERY good, very flavorful and I will definitely be making this throughout the fall and winter!"

Reviewed Jun. 18, 2012

"If you really want to kick the flavor up, use a can of fire roasted tomatoes. It adds a little smokiness and ... yum."

Reviewed Mar. 4, 2012

"Quick, easy, and delicious. My husband and I loved it. I will definitely make it again. I used regular pearl barley and cooked it the night before then added it in with the tomatoes. Great mix of flavors and textures. I added some orange pepper as I had extra to use up in the fridge."

Reviewed Jan. 25, 2012

"This is a perfect stew recipe for couples! It was a big hit with my husband. It makes enough for supper for the two of us with enough leftover for both of our lunches the next day. The flavor is out of this world!"

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2012

"No matter if you call this soup or stew, it's delicious. I used regular pearl barley and cooked it almost an hour. It had good texture and a really nice flavor from the chili powder."

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