Kid-Friendly Ground Beef Stew


I created this hamburger stew recipe when my kids were little. I needed a simple recipe that I could put together the night before and pop in the slow cooker in the morning just before heading to work. And it's loaded with veggies that my kids love! They gobble it up! Great with a nice loaf of crusty bread.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
6 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs 30 mins
6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef

  • ¼ medium head cabbage, cut into chunks

  • 1 small head broccoli, cut into florets

  • 2 medium potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch slices

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 cup baby carrots

  • 1 cup frozen peas

  • 1 (46 fluid ounce) bottle vegetable juice (such as V8®)

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir ground beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and discard grease.

  2. Transfer ground beef to the bottom of a slow cooker. Layer cabbage, broccoli, potatoes, onion, carrots, and peas, one by one, on top of the meat. Pour vegetable juice over top. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Cover and cook until vegetables are tender, 6 to 8 hours on Low, gently stirring after a few hours of cooking.

Cook's Note:

You can adjust the quantities depending on the size of your cooker, and can use any herbs and spice that you like.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

281 Calories
10g Fat
32g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 281
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 551mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 119mg 596%
Calcium 85mg 7%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 1087mg 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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