January 6, 2014

Grandma's Crockpot Ground Beef Stew

Also known as hobo stew, mulligan stew and beggar's stew, this delicious, slightly recipe is great for fall and winter days.

You may know this dish by a variety of names: Hobo Stew, Beggar Stew or Mulligan stew are of few. My grandma use to make this on Sundays after church. I loved into the house, out of the brisk fall or winter air, to the smell of this stew. Ahhhh... memories.

I like making this crockpot meal because it's fast, easy and affordable. I've simplified this even more by substituting individual spices such as thyme, bay leaves and parsley with Italian seasoning. In today's dish, I didn't include potatoes, but you certainly can.

Trust me. This is going to be easy. 

Assemble your ingredients.

While your ground beef is browning, chop up your veggies. 
Add them all to the crockpot.

Add the spices.

Add broth and V-8 juice

Slow cook for 4-6 hours and enjoy. 

Grandma's Crockpot Ground Beef Stew

Prep Time: 15 minutes       Slow-Cook Time: 4-6 hours


  • 1 1/2 lbs browned ground beef 
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup of chopped sweet peppers
  • 1 1/2 cups beef stock or canned beef broth
  • 1 48oz. bottle of tomato or V-8 juice
  • 1 15oz can of diced tomatoes with green chilies (undrained)
  • 3 large carrots, sliced or diced
  • 2 cups cut green beans
  • 2 cups corn
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


1 In a large pan, brown ground beef.  Drain fat. 

2 Add ground beef along with all the remaining ingredients to a 6 quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours or until vegetables are tender. 

Serves 6-8

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