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Hamburger Stew

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Our hearty hamburger stew will warm you up on even the coldest of days with all kinds of flavorful veggies and seasoned beef.
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  1. Hamburger Stew Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Hamburger Stew Recipe
  3. How to Serve
  4. Storage
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Sweater weather and cozy stews were meant to go together, and this hearty and meaty hamburger stew is the ultimate in comfort food. Seasoned ground beef and mixed veggies are simmered in a rich tomato sauce for a filling dish to warm you up all winter long.

Our beef stew and chili recipe are two simple recipes that are just as mouthwatering.

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Hamburger Stew Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 (10-ounce) bag of Mirepoix blend vegetables (onions, celery, carrots)
  • 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon basil or Italian seasoning
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 (16-ounce) bag mixed vegetables
  • 2-4 cups beef stock
  • ¾ pounds potatoes, cut into bite-size pieces

PRO TIP:

The quantity of beef stock you use will depend on whether you want this dish to turn out more like a stew with a thicker texture or thinner like a soup.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

VEGETABLES: You can, of course, use fresh vegetables for any of the vegetables in this recipe. You can sauté fresh diced medium onions and chopped celery ribs with the beef. Using a bag of mirepoix blend makes the prep for this soup so fast and easy with no chopping or peeling vegetables.

MEAT: You can use a different type of ground meat in this recipe. Try ground turkey, ground pork, or ground chicken for great options.

SPICE: Add a little heat to your stew with a dash of red pepper flakes.

POTATOES: The potatoes are the largest vegetable in this simple ground beef stew recipe. You can peel and cut up Russet potatoes if you’d like. We used baby gold potatoes because they don’t need to be peeled and can be used whole or you can quickly cut potatoes in half for a really fast prep time.

How to Make This Hamburger Stew Recipe

PRO TIP:

This easy hamburger stew recipe makes a great freezer meal. Double the batch for a quick dinner you can heat up on a busy night.

STEP ONE: In a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat, cook beef and onion, celery, and carrot vegetable mixture until the beef is browned and the vegetables are soft.

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STEP TWO: Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.

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STEP THREE: Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook for 20 minutes until the potatoes are soft when pierced with a fork.

PRO TIP:

The beef broth liquid in the soup will evaporate as it simmers. For more broth, be sure to cover the simmering soup with a lid.

There are lots of hearty flavors in the soup, and it doesn’t need to simmer for a really long time for the flavors to blend, just enough to cook the vegetables.

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STEP FOUR: Adjust the amount of beef stock for desired stew/soup consistency. For a stew-like consistency, use less stock and simmer uncovered. To maintain a thinner hamburger soup result, use more stock and simmer with the lid on.

STEP FIVE: Garnish with a little bit of fresh parsley and serve.

How to Serve

Serve this for a great weeknight meal after coming in from a chilly day outside. Add dinner rolls or crusty bread on the side to mop up all the saucy goodness. The whole family will be clamoring for more once they get a taste of this appetizing stew.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Refrigerate leftover soup or stew for up to 4 days in an airtight container.

IN THE FREEZER: This savory stew will freeze for up to 3 months. The stew reheats really well in the microwave or on the stovetop when you are ready to enjoy it.

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Sometimes called poor man’s stew, a single bite of this comforting stew and you’ll know you have a winner. This is a great way to keep you warm through the winter months. Packed with simple ingredients and savory flavors, you’ll love whipping up a batch of this delicious recipe.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the best kinds of potatoes to use in this recipe?

We used baby potatoes because they are just the right size, but you could choose to cut up russet or red potatoes so that they are in bite-size chunks before adding them to the pot.

Can I use different vegetables in this recipe?

This stew is fairly customizable. If there are other veggies you’d like to add to the mix, it will make this stew even tastier.

Can I freeze the stew?

This stew is a great meal to freeze and it reheats well too. Store in an airtight container for up to three months until you are ready to serve it.

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Hamburger Stew

5 from 1 vote
Our hearty hamburger stew will warm you up on even the coldest of days with all kinds of flavorful veggies and seasoned beef.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 10 ounces Mirepoix blend vegetables onions, celery, carrots
  • 14.5 ounces tomatoes diced
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon basil or Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 16 ounces mixed vegetables
  • 2 to 4 cups beef stock
  • ¾ pounds potatoes cut into bite-size pieces

Instructions
 

  • In a large stockpot over medium heat, sauté ground beef and the onion, celery, carrot vegetable mixture until the beef is browned and the vegetables are soft.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook for 20 minutes until the potatoes are soft when pierced with a fork.
  • Adjust the amount of beef stock for the desired stew/soup consistency. For a stew-like consistency, use less stock and simmer uncovered. To maintain a thinner soup, use more stock and simmer with the lid on.
  • Garnish with a bit of fresh parsley and serve.

Notes

Note: The quantity of beef stock you use will depend on whether you want this dish to turn out more like a stew with a thicker texture or thinner like a soup.
 
Note: This easy hamburger stew recipe makes a great freezer meal. Double the batch for a quick dinner you can heat up on a busy night.
 
Note: The beef broth liquid in the soup will evaporate as it simmers. For more broth, be sure to cover the simmering soup with a lid. There are lots of hearty flavors in the soup, and it doesn’t need to simmer for a really long time for the flavors to blend, just enough to cook the vegetables.

Nutrition

Calories: 233kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 481mg | Potassium: 757mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 5338IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 3mg
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