On a hectic weekday, this easy Crock Pot Hamburger Stew comes together in no time! This soup variation of the popular “Hobo Dinner” combines browned meat, potatoes, carrots, peas, and onions.

In a white serving bowl, crockpot hamburger stew.

Have you ever participated in a “Hobo Dinner?”

We used to eat them on family camping excursions when we were kids.

It’s a hamburger patty on a foil supper with potatoes, carrots, onions, and ketchup on top.

The soup version of mentioned Hobo Dinner is this Crock Pot hamburger stew.

It’s hearty and tasty, and it’s ideal for a busy fall night when you need something quick to eat.



Is it possible to cook raw hamburger in a crock pot?

Raw hamburger can be cooked in a crockpot, although this may result in an extremely oily dish.

For most meals, I prefer browning ground beef and draining it. Browning first will also give you some wonderful caramelization, which will increase the flavor!


What is the best way to drain oil from ground beef?

Stew of hamburgers in a black crock pot.

Drain the browned ground beef in a strainer into a chilled dish or pan. The grease will immediately harden up in the chilly dish. The grease can then be scraped into a can or anything else you plan to throw away.

If you drain your beef into a sink, make sure to run hot water for many minutes thereafter (otherwise be prepared for future plumbing problems)!


How do you make homemade hamburger stew?

A Crockpot is your best buddy if you want to create a stew from scratch. Put all of your ingredients in the pot and then “set it and forget it.”

Cooking stews in this manner allows all of the flavors from your raw components to mingle.

With my crock pot stew recipe, I’ve included a few shortcuts like frozen peas and canned tomato soup. However, the flavor screams “homemade”!


Step-by-Step Instructions for Making Crock Pot Hamburger Stew

In a crockpot, combine the ingredients for a hamburger stew.

LAYER your ingredients in your crockpot (in order) 2 large peeled potatoes, thinly sliced; 1 pound baby carrots; 1 (12 ounce) package partially thawed frozen peas; 1 medium onion, sliced into rings, flavoring each layer with salt and pepper to taste.

ADD 1 pound browned and drained ground beef on top.

POUR a 1 (10.5 oz) can tomato soup into the slow cooker, along with 12 cup water.

COOK for 7 to 9 hours on low or 3 to 4 hours on high, stirring regularly.


Substitutions and Recipe Suggestions

On a spoon, place a crock pot hamburger stew over a bowl.

To minimize calories and fat, I always substitute ground turkey for ground beef in my dinners, and you can do the same in this stew dish.

If you don’t want to use baby carrots or don’t have any, slice 2-3 medium carrots into one-inch pieces instead.

This is a hearty stew, but there isn’t much liquid left once it’s finished simmering. If you want extra broth, simply add 1/2 to 1 cup of water to the tomato soup before pouring it into the Crock Pot.

I like to slice the onions into rings since it makes it easier for finicky eaters (like me!) to get them out. However, if you don’t want to eat a whole onion, you may always chop it up into smaller pieces.

If you don’t have time (or forget to start this stew early enough in the day to cook it on low), cook it on high for 3-4 hours. Cooking it on low gives it a better flavor, but sometimes you don’t have 7-9 hours!


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