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Ground Beef Veggie Stew

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
  • Total Time
    Prep/Toatl Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings (about 1-3/4 quart)


  • 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


  • In a large saucepan, cook beef over medium-high heat, breaking into crumbles, until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes; drain. Remove from pan; set aside.
  • 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 to serve. 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.

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    • chris
      May 2, 2020

      I changed up the veggies on this according to what I had on hand. Added a little more seasoning. Pinch basil and oregano. Also added a little minced garlic to beef when cooking. It was very good. Comfort food at its finest.

    • KathyCooks1943
      Sep 2, 2019

      I don't consider this an end of summer soup/stew. Two squash and a pepper is not a loaded stew. With all the goodness that is out there like corn, carrots, green beans and so much more to be had WOULD make an true end of summer soup/stew. I am not saying that this is not a good recipe but the title is deceiving.

    • derilda
      Apr 7, 2019

      Great soup.. I made it a couple more times with various ingredients such as cooked macaroni, fresh tomatoes, and different vegetables. It all works and tastes good