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Hearty Ground Beef Stew

"I created this chunky soup when looking for something inexpensive and easy to make," recalls Sandra Castillo of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. The thick and hearty mixture is chock-full of ground beef, potatoes and baby carrots.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings (3 quarts)


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 package (16 ounces) baby carrots
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons Lipton beefy onion soup mix
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (6 ounces) Italian tomato paste


  • In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the next nine ingredients. Stir in the beef. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours. Stir in soup and tomato paste; cover and cook for 1 hour longer or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 270 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 678mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 4g fiber), 15g protein.

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  • PrplMonky5
    Feb 14, 2018

    We thought this was just ok, nothing amazing. The only thing I did differently was lower the amount of carrots and add in some celery. It just needed something. Worcestershire sauce maybe? More spices? I don't know. It wasn't bad by any means, but I wasn't really impressed either. I used my Instant Pot Slow Cooker setting, put it on high for 3.5 hours, then "medium" for 1 hour. There are other recipes I like better, so I don't think I'll be making this one again.

  • bucking_cowgirl_007
    Jan 23, 2015

    Yum! Used ground turkey, chicken broth instead of water, omitted tomato soup. Used 4 potatoes, added 2 stalks of chopped celery and half a chopped onion.I put everything in all at once, instead of stirring in the tomato paste in the last hour.Healthy and tasty, doesn't even need a side dish!

  • lovedragonfly
    Nov 19, 2014

    Tried this recipe because it called for many things I already had at the time. It was SO delicious! My boyfriend absolutely loved it! Thank you so much for sharing. Will definitely be using this recipe time and time again!

  • puzzlemad
    Aug 20, 2014

    This was delicious. & smelled so good while it was cooking.A keeper.

  • abappleby
    Dec 11, 2010

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  • LadybugDiva
    Oct 12, 2010

    This dish was a huge hit. My 13 mth. old just loved it. I have made beef stew on the stove top many times. This recipe was excellent. Loved being able to do something new with ground beef. I used beef broth instead of water, other than that I followed the recipe to the word. Definite make again meal.

  • bluebowtye
    Feb 9, 2010

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  • AngieMM
    Oct 26, 2009

    So yummy! This easy stew tempts you as you walk in the door after a long day at work...smells and tastes wonderful. I love putting this together quickly and coming home to a hearty meal.

  • da_30303
    Oct 19, 2009

    Awesome! So easy. I didn't have onion soup mix so I used an onion and a container of beef broth (instead of water). Left out the tomato paste. Next time I will put in some sliced mushrooms. My oldest son is in the living room asking for the recipe!

  • vicmaryj
    Oct 2, 2009

    Looking at a related video using fresh garlic,I love to use garlic in a lot of my recipes and would like to know how and where to store fresh garlic so that it will last longer.