Grandma's Crockpot Ground Beef Stew

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Also known as hobo stew, mulligan stew and beggar's stew, this delicious, slightly recipe is great for fall and winter days.

You may know this dish by a variety of names: Hobo Stew, Beggar Stew or Mulligan stew are of few.

My grandma, who raised me, used to make this on Sundays. I always enjoyed entering the warm house from the brisk fall or winter air, to be welcomed by the smell of this stew. 

Ahhhh... memories.

I like making this crockpot meal because it's fast, easy and affordable. In today's recipe I didn't include potatoes, but I usually do and you certainly can.

Trust me. This is going to be easy. 

Assemble your ingredients.

While your ground beef is browning, chop up your veggies. 
Add them all to the crockpot. Add the spices.

Add broth and V-8 juice

Slow cook for 4-6 hours and enjoy. 

Grandma's Crockpot Ground Beef Stew

Prep Time: 15 minutes       Slow-Cook Time: 4-6 hours


  • 1 1/2 lbs browned ground beef 
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup of chopped sweet peppers
  • 1 1/2 cups beef stock or canned beef broth
  • 1 48oz. bottle of tomato or V-8 juice
  • 1 15oz can of diced tomatoes with green chilies (undrained)
  • 3 large carrots, sliced or diced
  • 2 cups cut green beans
  • 2 cups corn
  • 2 tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley (or 1tspn. of dried parsley)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. pink salt (or 2 tsp. table salt)
  • 1 tsp. pepper


1 In a large pan, brown ground beef.  Drain fat. 

2 Add ground beef along with all the remaining ingredients to a 6 quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours or until vegetables are tender. 

Serves 6-8

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