Southwestern Beef Barley Stew
Total TimePrep/Total Time: 30 min.
- 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
- In a large saucepan, cook the beef, celery and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain.
- 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.
Nutrition Facts1-1/3 cups: 269 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 456mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 9g fiber), 20g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.
Feb 28, 2019
Finding a stew recipe for just two or three is rare.. so I quickly added this one to my menu plan. Instead of adding water, I used low sodium beef stock and omitted the beef bouillon cubes. Love the addition of barley in this recipe. Delicious.
Feb 3, 2019
This was so delicious! I couldn't find quick-cooking barley so we used some leftover cooked quinoa and that was a tasty substitution.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Oct 1, 2011
Good hearty soup:)
Apr 7, 2011
I was able to substitute Quinoa for the barley to make this a gluten free recipe for our family. I served it with mashed potatoes by making a well in the potatoes and spooning the stew in the center.
Mar 30, 2011
Just made this for the first time and had to make a comment....Delicious, fast and easy. I added a additonal can of tomatoes and it turned out perfect. My husband and I really enjoyed it and I can't wait to share with my friends and family.