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.
You can put raw hamburger in a crockpot, BUT this may cause your dish to be overly greasy.
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)!
If you want to make a stew from scratch, a Crockpot is your best friend. You can put each of your ingredients in your pot, then “set it and forget it”.
Cooking stews this way allows all of the flavors from your raw ingredients plenty of time to meld together.
I’ve included a few short cuts with my crock pot stew recipe like the frozen peas and canned tomato soup. But, the flavor says homemade!
How to Make Crock Pot Hamburger Stew – Step by Step
LAYER into your crockpot (in order) 2 large potatoes, peeled and sliced into thin circles; 1 pound baby carrots; 1 (12 oz) package frozen peas, partially thawed and 1 medium onion, sliced into rings, seasoning each layer with salt and pepper to taste.
ADD 1 pound ground beef, browned and drained on top.
MIX together a 1 (10.5 oz) can tomato soup with ½ cup water and POUR it into the slow cooker.
Cover and COOK on low 7 to 9 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
Recipe Tips and Substitutions
I always 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.
This is a very hearty stew but it doesn’t have much liquid left once it’s done cooking. If you’d like more broth, just add another 1/2 – 1 cup of water to the tomato soup before pouring it into the Crock Pot.
I like slicing the onions into rings because it’s easier for picky eaters to get them out (like me!) but if you don’t want to eat a big slice of onion, you can always chop them into 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!
More Like This
Looking for more soup recipes? Try these!
- White Chicken Chili Recipe with Cream Cheese
- Simple Cheesy Vegetable Chowder
- Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
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Simple Crock Pot Hamburger Stew
- 2 large potatoes, peeled and sliced into thin circles
- 1 pound baby carrots
- 1 12 ounce package frozen peas, partially thawed
- 1 medium onion, sliced into rings
- Salt and pepper
- 1 pound ground beef, browned and drained
- 1 10.5 ounce can tomato soup
- ½ cup water
- Place layers of vegetables in the order given in the slow cooker, seasoning each layer with salt and pepper.
- Put the lightly browned ground beef on top.
- Mix the tomato soup with water and pour it into the slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on low 7 to 9 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours, stirring occasionally.