This basic recipe uses simple and often used ingredients. It can be spiced up any way, but our spices we have found bring out the best flavor and they are the key to this recipe. Ground pork or ground lamb can be substituted for ground beef. It can also be cooked on the stovetop, which we do, or slow cooker. Eat as a stew or serve over rice, crushed chips or crackers, or cornbread.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
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1 hr 15 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Pour in enough olive oil into a large stockpot to coat the bottom; add 1 onion, carrots, garlic, red pepper flakes, Greek seasoning, rosemary, thyme, basil, Italian seasoning, bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Cook and stir onion mixture over medium heat until onion is softened and lightly browned, about 15 minutes.

  • Pour diced tomatoes over onion mixture; add ground beef, breaking apart with a wooden spoon and stir. Bring liquid to a boil and cook until ground beef is cooked through and carrots are tender, about 10 minutes.

  • Stir potatoes, remaining onion, and celery into tomato mixture and cook until potatoes are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove stockpot from heat and let sit, 20 to 30 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Substitute 1/4 head of cabbage, chopped for the celery if desired.

Two small bottles of vegetable juice (such as V8(R)) can be substituted for the diced tomatoes if desired.

Nutrition Facts

279 calories; protein 13.5g; carbohydrates 31.3g; fat 10.8g; cholesterol 34.8mg; sodium 279.2mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
My hubby loved it and he s fussy. Read More
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
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Rating: 5 stars
My hubby loved it and he s fussy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Very good as the summary suggested- we used lamb however; not ground... chunked... and cooked it in a slow cooker. The smells were amazing! Thank you for a great recipe! We will make again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This recipe is amazing! I followed the directions with a few modifications suggested by other cooks who made this also. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Too many potatoes for our liking but otherwise this was excellent. I will make again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
NO Leftovers Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Absolutely delicious. I must admit I usually only make recipes when they’re much more reviews but I am glad I made this one. You won’t be disappointed!? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I tweaked the recipe by adding mixed vegetables cream of mushroom soup & cream of celery also stewed tomatoes then thickened it & it turned out fabulous & delicious!! Read More