Old School Hamburger Stew

We love this stew! This recipe comes from my grandma. She would make it for my dad once a week in the 1950s. 

She always served it with muffins on the side, so we like to do the same! May seem like a weird pairing, but it is perfect for comfort food night.

If you aren’t feeling muffins, you can also serve it with some of our delicious rolls, baguettes, or even our lemon blueberry scones!

If you are wanting to switch it up a little bit, you can use ground turkey instead of the ground beef. This cuts back on some of the fat.

We continue to make and love this meal in our home today! It feels so special serving the same meal my grandma served her children. It truly is timeless and delicious!



Old School Hamburger Stew

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword stew


  • 1 medium yellow onion minced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 4-6 cups canned beef broth (can substitute beef bouillon cubes reconstituted with water)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 fresh tomato chopped
  • 1 tsp steak sauce
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3 medium carrots peeled and chopped fine
  • 4 small red or Yukon Gold potatoes peeled and diced
  • 3 stalks celery chopped fine


  • In a large pot saute the minced onion in olive oil for 3 minutes. Add the ground beef- don't break it up too much- cook until browned. Drain off excess fat. Add the cumin. Brown for 3 more minutes.
  • Add the beef broth and all remaining ingredients. Simmer another 30 minutes until the vegetables are tender

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