Rating: 4.61 stars
23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

A great soup to come home to on cold days. I like to serve it with corn bread or grilled cheese sandwiches.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
8 hrs 10 mins
total:
8 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and stir in ground beef and onions. Cook and stir until beef is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Drain and discard any excess grease.

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  • Transfer beef mixture to a slow cooker. Stir in spaghetti sauce, water, mixed vegetables, diced tomatoes, celery, beef bouillon, and pepper. Cover and cook on Low until vegetables are tender, about 8 hours.

Cook's Notes:

You can substitute the ground beef with stew meat and use beef broth instead of bouillon granules and water.

Nutrition Facts

164 calories; protein 9.3g; carbohydrates 17.3g; fat 6.6g; cholesterol 24.4mg; sodium 467.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (17)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2012
It's rare that I take a chance on completely unrated recipes, simply because I like to see what other people said about the recipe before I try it ... but this stew was just what I was looking for so I had to try it! I was pleasantly surprised and now wish that I would have thought to take a pic of the stew so you could have a photo for your fantastic recipe! I'm not a huge fan of beef stews usually, but using the base of spaghetti sauce made all of the difference to me (I used Ragu original meatless). I tried to follow the recipe as closely as I could while using the items that I had on hand. The only changes that I made were using 2 cans of mixed veggies, rather than frozen, because that's what I had, and I used plain diced tomatoes since I didn't have any with chili's, but I did add a sprinkle of chili powder and a little bit of dried jalapenos to give it the kick that it was missing from the chili's. I also used 2 cans of beef broth, to replace the water and bouillon (I was trying to clean out some pantry canned goods, can you tell? lol). I let this cook on low in the crock pot while I was at work all day, which was about 9hrs or so. I severed this over homemade parmesan chive potato pancakes with a dollop of sour cream on top. I have to say this was one of the most successful soups or stews that I've made and we love, LOVED it! Thanks so much for such a great and easy recipe! Read More
(11)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/08/2017
This recipe is a total loss of time and ingredients. It is tasteless too much liquid and the directions produce vegetable mush. It can be salvaged but why start with this loser. Read More
23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2012
It's rare that I take a chance on completely unrated recipes, simply because I like to see what other people said about the recipe before I try it ... but this stew was just what I was looking for so I had to try it! I was pleasantly surprised and now wish that I would have thought to take a pic of the stew so you could have a photo for your fantastic recipe! I'm not a huge fan of beef stews usually, but using the base of spaghetti sauce made all of the difference to me (I used Ragu original meatless). I tried to follow the recipe as closely as I could while using the items that I had on hand. The only changes that I made were using 2 cans of mixed veggies, rather than frozen, because that's what I had, and I used plain diced tomatoes since I didn't have any with chili's, but I did add a sprinkle of chili powder and a little bit of dried jalapenos to give it the kick that it was missing from the chili's. I also used 2 cans of beef broth, to replace the water and bouillon (I was trying to clean out some pantry canned goods, can you tell? lol). I let this cook on low in the crock pot while I was at work all day, which was about 9hrs or so. I severed this over homemade parmesan chive potato pancakes with a dollop of sour cream on top. I have to say this was one of the most successful soups or stews that I've made and we love, LOVED it! Thanks so much for such a great and easy recipe! Read More
(11)
Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2012
This was a good basic vegetable stew. My 5-year-old loved it. I would not however call this a "spicy" stew. Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
08/08/2012
This was a very easy meal. The fiance loved it but it wasn't spicy enough for me. I added some jalapenos in it for the kick. Also I couldn't find buillion and I didn't have beef broth so I just added a ton of garlic powder. I like that it is a thicker stew and I loved the ground beef. I had a ton of leftovers but I don't feel bad about eating them. It is delicious. Try scaling back though unless you want a week's worth of stew. Also I was in a hurry so I cooked it on high for 4 hours. It turned out okay but would have been better with the suggested time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2014
I made this last night for the first time and it's wonderful. Very quick and easy to make. I did take note of other reviewers opinions that said it wasn't very spicy and decided to add two cans of chopped green chilies. It turned out great with just enough spice to the taste. I'll definitely be making this one again. Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
03/28/2017
"Beefed it up" a bit. Used 2 12 oz bags mixed vegetables, 2 cups celery, beef stock instead of water, and added 1 cup pearled barley. Also cooked on the stove top - after adding all ingredients, bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and cover, cook for one hour. Turned out great and makes super left overs. Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
09/16/2012
Very good & easy recipe. Could not find diced tomatoes with peppers so I added a couple of jalapenos & cayenne pepper. I also added some potatoe. Otherwise left recipe alone and was very tasty! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2019
Saw reviews of not being spicy enough so used 24oz of spaghetti sauce with 4-5 oz of hot salsa. Came out great though almost too spicy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2015
very good! I added 1 T chopped dried grn peppers 1 1/2 t Italian seasoning and 3oz of tomato paste to thicken it! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
08/08/2017
This recipe is a total loss of time and ingredients. It is tasteless too much liquid and the directions produce vegetable mush. It can be salvaged but why start with this loser. Read More