This simple Crock Pot Hamburger Stew is a cinch to throw together on a busy weekday! Browned hamburger, potatoes, carrots, peas, and onions come together for this soup version of the classic “Hobo Dinner.”
Have you ever had a “Hobo Dinner?”
We would eat them on family camping trips growing up.
It’s a foil dinner with a hamburger patty, potatoes, carrots, onions, and some ketchup on top.
This Crock Pot hamburger stew is essentially the soup version of said Hobo Dinner.
It’s hearty and delicious and perfect for a busy fall night when you need an easy dinner solution.
BROWN 1 pound of ground beef in a frying pan until no longer pink. Drain and set aside.
WHILE the ground beef is cooking, chop 1 medium onion into small pieces and peel and slice 4 small potatoes into half circles.
LAYER potatoes, 1 pound of baby carrots, and chopped onion in Crock Pot seasoning each layer with salt and pepper, to taste.
POUR 10.5 ounces of canned tomato soup, 2 cups of beef broth, and 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce over the vegetables in the Crock Pot.
ADD ground beef on top of the vegetables and stir everything to combine.
COVER and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
ONCE the vegetables are soft, remove the lid and add 12 ounces of frozen peas. Stir to combine, turn the Crock Pot to warm and allow the peas to defrost, about 5-10 minutes.
Recipe Tips and Substitutions
The cook time for this recipe will be a little different based on what type of slow cooker you’re using. Mine is a 7 quart Crock Pot that cooks very fast, so this recipe is usually done in 3-4 hours on low. The cook times listed in this recipe are a suggestion, so you may need to adjust depending on how your slow cooker cooks.
I usually substitute ground turkey for ground beef in my dinners, so you can do that in this stew recipe to save some calories and fat.
If you don’t like baby carrots or don’t have any on hand, you can slice 2-3 medium carrots into one-inch pieces. Alternatively, you can cut your baby carrots in half if you’d like to have smaller pieces.
If you’re short on time (or forget to start this stew early enough in the day to cook it on low) you can cook this on high for 3-4 hours. The taste is better if you cook it on low, but sometimes you don’t have 7-9 hours!
If after cooking you’d like to add more liquid, you can add up to a cup of beef broth or water.
Even after draining the ground beef, you may still have some grease in the stew after cooking. You can use a grease mop or even a paper towel to remove some of the grease before serving. Just be careful if you’re using a paper towel not to burn yourself on the hot broth.
You can try these substitutes for beef broth if you don’t have any on hand.
More Like This
Looking for more soup recipes? Try these!
- Crock Pot Minestrone Soup
- Healthy Lasagna Soup
- Creamy Taco Soup
- White Chicken Chili Recipe with Cream Cheese
- Cheesy Vegetable Chowder
- Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
You can put raw hamburger in a Crock Pot, BUT this may cause your dish to be overly greasy and it may not get cooked throughly.
I prefer browning ground beef and draining it for most dishes. You can also get some nice caramelization from browning first, which enhances the flavor!
Put your browned ground beef into a colander and drain it into a cold dish or pan. The cold dish will make the grease quickly firm up. You can, then, scrape the grease into a can or anything else you plan to throw in the trash.
If you drain your beef into your sink, make sure to run hot water for several minutes after (and be prepared for possible plumbing issues down the road)!
This hamburger stew will keep in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
Once the stew has cooled, but it into an airtight container. To reheat, put a single serving in a microwave safe bowl with a few tablespoons of water. Cover the bowl and heat on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Give the stew a stir and enjoy.
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Simple Crock Pot Hamburger Stew
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 medium onion
- 3-4 small potatoes
- 1 pound baby carrots, chopped if desired
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 10.5 ounces canned tomato soup
- 2 cups beef broth
- 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 12 ounces frozen peas, partially thawed
- Brown ground beef in a frying pan until no longer pink. Drain and set aside.
- While the ground beef is cooking, chop onion into small pieces and peel and slice potatoes into half circles.
- Layer potatoes, chopped onion, and baby carrots in Crock Pot, seasoning each layer with salt and pepper.
- Pour tomato soup, beef broth, and Worcestershire sauce over the vegetables in the Crock Pot.
- Add ground beef on top of the vegetables and stir everything to combine.
- Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours.
- Once the vegetables are soft, remove the lid and add frozen peas. Stir to combine, turn the Crock Pot to warm and allow the peas to defrost.
- Serve immediately.