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Barley Burger Stew

"I found this hearty stew recipe in an old cookbook purchased at a flea market," recalls Judy McCarthy of Derby, Kansas. "The blend of beef and barley really hits the spot on cool days."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 50 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 2-1/4 cups tomato juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook beef, onion and celery until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomato juice, water, barley, chili powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 50-60 minutes or until barley is tender.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 332 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 1681mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 6g fiber), 25g protein.

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  • GlammaLinda
    Mar 24, 2016

    From an old cookbook, indeed. I still have a copy of the Betty Crocker "Cooking for Two" cookbook that I received for my bridal shower in 1974. This is one of our favorite family recipes, which I have been making for years. I always double the recipe. The leftover stew freezes very well.

  • swarneke
    Jan 12, 2016

    This was very good. It made a delicious supper for two with one serving left over for a quick lunch. I added some diced carrot and used tomato paste with more water as a substitute for the tomato juice.

  • Baking Diva
    Jan 3, 2014

    My husband really liked this but I thought it was okay. Will make again as my husband likes it.

  • karebear0099
    May 26, 2013

    I am not sure why but my below review did not have the stars show up.

  • karebear0099
    May 26, 2013

    This was sooo easy and it was really good. I doubled the recipe and froze some of it. When reheated it is just as good. Has a hearty meaty tomato flavor.

  • jadedraven
    Feb 27, 2012

    Very good, very easy to make. I omitted the celery because we don't like it, and added garlic

  • kristif
    Apr 29, 2010

    Have made this many times! Reheats so well.

  • gsjane
    Sep 27, 2009


  • Big Jude
    Mar 18, 2009

    This stew is so tasty you have to try it.Big Jude