Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Our hamburger stew

I've never had a recipe for this, but sometimes people will ask for the recipe.  I'm making it today, so I wrote things down as I cooked.  The lady who first told me about hamburger stew didn't use tomatoes or okra.  I wouldn't even be making this today if I'd realized there's no cabbage in the house; cabbage absolutely makes it, but I'm sure we'll suffer through.  Like any vegetable soup, it's adaptable and you really don't need a recipe.  This is one way of making a pound of hamburger feed eight people (or two people for three days).  We really like cayenne pepper; you might want to use less, or none at all.  

1 pound ground beef
2 medium stalks of celery
one large onion
2 cloves minced garlic
Brown all these together until the meat is browned and the vegetables are soft.  Then add:  

1 quart (2 cans) tomatoes
1 quart water
2 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
3 or 4 large carrots
about 3 pounds of potatoes

cook until potatoes and carrots are almost done, then add:  
3/4 cup quick barley
2 cups okra, fresh or frozen  

Cook another 10 or 15 minutes and it should be ready.  You can substitue rice or pasta for the barley (give the rice 20 minutes cooking time in the soup).  I'm cooking garbanzo beans for the freezer today, and I may throw a cup of those in.  

On, if you are a member (it's free) you can type in all the ingredients to a home-made recipe like this and find out the calories and nutrients per serving.  Here's what I came up with:

For a two-cup serving:  Calories, 279; total fat, 12.3 g; sat. fat, 5.0 g; mono-saturated fat, 5.5 g; cholesterol, 43.8 mg; sodium, 473.4 mg; potassium, 892.5 mg; total carbohydrates, 29.4 grams; dietary fiber, 4.9 grams; sugars, 3.8 grams; protein, 13.9 grams.  Just click on the picture below to see other nutrients; you won't find many meals that are this loaded with good things.  


  1. Yum! this sounds SOOOOOOOOOO good.
    I wish you could mail me
    corn bread would good really good with this to.
    My mouth is watering now. I'm ready to go home and eat.
    from Nerves05 ( Nancy)

  2. This does sound really good. I have to try it too. I'm taking your advice on cooking and freezing my own beans. I'd never thought of htat before. That'll save a lot, not to mention eliminating the worry of getting rid of the cans.

    Will this soup freeze fairly well? I assume so. I am trying to find recipes to stretch the meat budget as well as those that will freeze well.

    I love this blog, too.