Ground Beef Veggie Stew

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


6 servings

Updated: Mar. 30, 2023
This is a wonderful, hearty stew to help use up all the late-summer veggies in your garden. I like that it's filling enough to make a meal, and it's good for you too! —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas
Ground Beef Veggie Stew Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow summer squash, chopped
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • Reduced-fat sour cream, optional


  1. In a large saucepan, cook beef over medium-high heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes; crumble meat; drain. Remove from pan; set aside.
  2. In the same saucepan, add oil, squash, zucchini and red pepper; cook and stir until vegetables are crisp-tender, 5-7 minutes. Add beef, tomatoes, water, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer; cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, 5-8 minutes. Stir in cilantro just before serving. If desired, top with sour cream.

Test Kitchen tips
  • This dish is a cross between a brothy soup and a chunky stew. It's hearty but feels super fresh with all the veggies.
  • If you're not a fan of cilantro, add some parsley. Chopped fresh chives would also make a flavorful addition.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1-1/4 cups: 180 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 663mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 16g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.