Simple Ground Beef Stew With Vegetables

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The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
546 Calories
20g Fat
49g Carbs
40g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 546
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 568mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 40g
Vitamin C 10mg 52%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 6mg 34%
Potassium 1364mg 29%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This hearty ground beef stew is a simple combination of lean ground beef, potatoes, and carrots. Beef stock gives the stew its essential beefy flavor, while a basic flour and water slurry thickens the liquids. It's an excellent campfire stew as well. Just throw everything together in the Dutch oven, and simmer the stew until serving time. 

It's a very easy and versatile one-pot dish that is ready to eat in just under an hour. For a hearty everyday meal, serve the stew along with crusty rolls or biscuits and a tossed salad. Or spoon the stew over couscous or rice.


  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped

  • 1 pound potatoes

  • 2 medium carrots

  • 3 cups low-sodium beef stock

  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup cold water

  • Kosher salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for ground beef stew recipe

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  2. Place a large Dutch oven or deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and onion to the pan and cook, stirring, until the onion is translucent and the beef is no longer pink.

    Ground beef in pan

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  3. Drain off the excess fat and return the pan to the heat.

    Drain off excess fat

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  4. Meanwhile, peel the potatoes—or leave the peels on—and cut them into bite-sized pieces. 

    Peel and cube potatoes

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  5. Peel the carrots and slice them thinly. 

    Peel and slice carrots

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  6. Add the beef stock to the ground beef mixture along with the potatoes and carrots.

    Add beef stock and potatoes and carrots

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  7. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to low. Continue to cook for about 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.

    Cook until vegetables are tender

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  8. In a cup or small bowl, combine the flour and cold water; whisk or stir until smooth.

    Combine flour and cold water until smooth

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  9. Stir the flour and water mixture into the stew. Increase the heat to medium-low and continue to cook, uncovered, for about 2 to 3 minutes. Taste and add kosher salt and pepper, as needed.

    Stir flour and water mixture into stew

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  10. Garnish the ground beef stew with fresh chopped parsley, if desired.

    Ground beef stew in the pan

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Recipe Variations

  • If you prefer a gluten-free meal, use cornstarch as the thickener. Stir about 2 tablespoons of cornstarch into 2 to 3 tablespoons of cold water until the mixture is smooth. Add it to the gently boiling stew, and continue cooking for about 2 to 3 minutes. If it isn't thick enough, repeat with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in about 1 tablespoon of cold water.
  • For extra flavor, feel free to add a 14.5-ounce can of diced tomatoes or 3 to 4 tablespoons of tomato paste to the ground beef stew.
  • Make it more substantial and colorful with a handful of fresh or frozen cut green beans along with the carrots.
  • Steamed frozen peas or mixed vegetables may be added just before the stew is ready.
  • If you have meat lovers in the family, increase the amount of ground beef to 1 1/2 pounds, or add about 1 cup of drained canned beans for the extra protein.