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Spicy Beef Vegetable Stew

This zesty ground beef and vegetable soup is flavorful and fast to fix. It makes a complete meal when served with warm cornbread, sourdough bread or French bread if you can squeak in a few more calories. —Lynnette Davis, Tullahoma, Tennessee
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 8 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings (3 quarts)


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) meatless pasta sauce
  • 3-1/2 cups water
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chiles
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink, 5-10 minutes, breaking meat into crumbles; drain.
  • Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until the vegetables are tender.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 177 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 675mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 5g fiber), 15g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 meat, 1 starch.

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  • Queenlalisa
    Feb 26, 2020

    This is very tasty! I loved the pasta sauce in it. I did leave out the celery. My husband and I don’t like celery. I will definitely make this again.

  • Robby
    Oct 23, 2019

    This is a perfect, hearty vegetable soup for a cool Midwest autumn. It is easy to make and really delicious. I used half water and half beef stock, because I had some beef stock leftover. Love coming home to a crock pot of this comforting soup. Listened to the suggestion and bought a homemade loaf of sourdough from my local bakery to enjoy with it. Thank you for the recipe!

  • Sue Zappa
    Oct 13, 2019

    TOH needs a good proofreader!! I was searching for reviews of this recipe whose correct name is "Spicy Beef Vegetable SOUP", not "Stew", as per the 9-99 edition, p. 35, of Quick Cooking. I wasted time trying to find this recipe on TOH's website. Please double-check recipe titles before uploading them! By the way, I'm available to proofread! Lots of experience with recipes! Hint-hint. That said, this recipe is terrific. Only change I made was to add 3/4 cup of mild salsa to make up for the 24 oz. jar of spaghetti sauce I had on hand. My family loved it. Easy to assembly, too. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I apologize for complaining at the start of this review. But I know many of us here depend on the reviews to help us decide whether to serve a recipe. You folks do a terrific job!

  • PageRD
    Aug 12, 2019

    I love all the flavors in this easy soup recipe. I love the smells coming from my kitchen after a long day at work, especially knowing that a filling and flavorful meal is ready to serve.

  • jennygirl75
    Apr 3, 2017

    Amazing. I ended up modifying it a bit and I made it on the stove top. I added two shakes of red pepper flakes to give it a bit more of a kick. It was great the next day too.

  • amygerman15
    Oct 28, 2012

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  • bjsilve0
    Oct 25, 2011

    Easy and quick to make with good flavor. I've been making it since the recipe came out in 1999.

  • jbondesen
    Sep 22, 2007

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  • Vyonda
    Aug 22, 2007

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