Stove Top Poor Man’s Stew (Hamburger Stew Without Beef Broth)

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Stove Top Poor Man’s Stew is an old-fashioned recipe that was found on most Midwestern tables back in the day. It’s a hearty combination ground beef, potatoes, carrots and red kidney beans in a base of tomato juice (no beef broth). While it may seem simple, don’t discount its delicious flavor.

Poor Man's Stew is an old-fashioned recipe that was found on the table of many Midwestern tables. It's a hearty combination ground beef, potatoes, carrots and red kidney beans in a base of tomato juice. While it may seem simple, don't discount its delicious flavor.

Stove Top Poor Man’s Stew Recipe

This Poor Man’s Stew recipe is precisely what it sounds like – a cheap meal thrown in the pot that feeds a crowd. I found it in my Quailtown 1994 Cookbook, and I marked the page as soon as I first saw it.  It’s a simple and rustic country recipe, just the type I can imagine my Grandmas making back in the day.

The cool thing about this soup is that it can either be a soup or a stew based on your personal preference or based on how much tomato juice you have on hand.  If you like it thicker, add less than this recipe calls for, or if you are wanting a soup or if you have more mouths to feed, add the entire 46 fluid ounce can of juice.

This leads me to another good point.  Modify this recipe based on what you have on hand.  Have a few extra carrots that need used up? Throw them in the pot.  Are you out of kidney beans but have black beans? Use them. It’s all good.

Hamburger Stew Without Beef Broth

This may be why my family eats soup at least once a week during the fall and winter.  Soups and stews are forgiving.  If you’re a beginner cook, then soup is the way to go.

And, soup gets better as it sits in the fridge.  Somehow all the flavors of the individual ingredients meld together into a tastier version.  It’s like magic. Try making this on the weekend, and then refrigerate for a weeknight meal. You’ll be thanking yourself for prepping ahead.

Ingredients for Thich Hamburger Stew

Ground Beef

Salt and Pepper

Onions, diced

Potatoes, diced

Carrots, sliced

Kidney Beans, drained

Tomato Juice

Sugar (optional)

How to Make Thick Hamburger Stew (Poor Man’s Soup)

Instructions:

  1. Brown ground beef and onions in skillet or large saucepan; drain excess oil.
  2. Add diced potatoes and carrots, drained red kidney beans, tomato juice, sugar, salt and pepper.
  3. Simmer over medium low heat until the vegetables are fork tender, approximately 35 to 45 minutes.

For the full recipe steps and ingredient amounts for hamburger stew without beef broth, scroll to the bottom of this post.

Notes About Ground Beef Stew:

  • Hamburger stew is as versatile as they come.  Use more or less of any given ingredient, or use up whatever is in the icebox refrigerator. Try swapping in your favorite bean or make it low fat using ground turkey.
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  • I like to add approximately 1 tablespoon of sugar to this recipe and almost any tomato-based meal.  Tomatoes are acidic, and the sugar will balance the acid.  This is optional.
  • To make this a poor man’s soup, add more tomato juice, or if you prefer a poor man’s stew, add less. It’s delicious either way.
  • Try leaving the ground beef in larger chunks while cooking; it gives great texture to this hamburger stew recipe.
  • Convert this to a slow cooker recipe by adding all the ingredients to a crock pot insert, cooking on low for 6-8 hours. Be sure to brown your ground beef and onions beforehand. Or try out or Crock Pot Hamburger Vegetable Soup with V8 recipe.

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Stove Top Poor Man's Stew is an old-fashioned recipe that was found on most Midwestern tables back in the day. It's a hearty combination ground beef, potatoes, carrots and red kidney beans in a base of tomato juice (no beef broth). While it may seem simple, don't discount its delicious flavor.
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Stove Top Poor Man's Stew (Hamburger Stew Without Beef Broth)

Stove Top Poor Man's Stew is an old-fashioned recipe that was found on most Midwestern tables back in the day. It's a hearty combination ground beef, potatoes, carrots and red kidney beans in a base of tomato juice (no beef broth). While it may seem simple, don't discount its delicious flavor.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Hamburger Vegetable Soup, ground beef stew, hamburger stew, hamburger stew without beef broth, Hamburger Vegetable Soup, Poor man's stew, poor mans soup
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 267kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1 1/2 cups diced potatoes
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 15.5 ounces red kidney beans, drained
  • 46 fluid ounces tomato juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar (optional)

Instructions

  • In a skillet or large saucepan, brown ground beef and diced onions; drain excess oil if needed.
    Stove Top Poor Man's Stew is an old-fashioned recipe that was found on most Midwestern tables back in the day. It's a hearty combination ground beef, potatoes, carrots and red kidney beans in a base of tomato juice (no beef broth). While it may seem simple, don't discount its delicious flavor.
  • Add the ground beef back to the saucepan; add all remaining ingredients.
    Stove Top Poor Man's Stew is an old-fashioned recipe that was found on most Midwestern tables back in the day. It's a hearty combination ground beef, potatoes, carrots and red kidney beans in a base of tomato juice (no beef broth). While it may seem simple, don't discount its delicious flavor.
  • Simmer over medium to medium-low heat until carrots and potatoes are fork tender, approximately 35 to 45 minutes.
    Stove Top Poor Man's Stew is an old-fashioned recipe that was found on most Midwestern tables back in the day. It's a hearty combination ground beef, potatoes, carrots and red kidney beans in a base of tomato juice (no beef broth). While it may seem simple, don't discount its delicious flavor.

Notes

  • Hamburger stew is as versatile as they come.  Use more or less of any given ingredient, or use up whatever is in the icebox refrigerator. Try swapping in your favorite bean or make it low fat using ground turkey.
  • I like to add approximately 1 tablespoon of sugar to this recipe and almost any tomato-based meal.  Tomatoes are acidic, and the sugar will balance the acid.  This is optional. 
  • To make this a poor man's soup, add more tomato juice, or if you prefer a poor man's stew, add less. It's delicious either way. 
  • Try leaving the ground beef in larger chunks while cooking; it gives great texture to this hamburger stew recipe. 
  • Convert this to a slow cooker recipe by adding all the ingredients to a crock pot insert, cooking on low for 6-8 hours. Or try out or Crock Pot Hamburger Vegetable Soup with V8 recipe. 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 646mg | Potassium: 924mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 3438IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 3mg

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2 Comments

  1. This was super good. Simple to put together and another one that my daughter likes, and she *never* eats soup! Perfect for a cold, rainy night. I added dashes of thyme, marjoram and dried parsley and served it with corn muffins for a side. Thank you for sharing!

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