Zesty Hamburger Barley Stew

Enro Gay


Just love barley, don't you? Threw this together the other night and it is hearty, zesty and comforting. Use whatever type leand ground meat you prefer and adjust to your heat "tolerance", but I like mine hot!

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6 - 8


10 Min


2 Hr


Stove Top


1 lb
extra lean ground beef
1 large
yellow onion
2 - 3
celery stalks
3 medium
2 can(s)
chicken broth, low salt (14 oz)
1 can(s)
tomatoes and chilies, 14 oz (like rotel)
1 can(s)
tomato sauce, reduced sodium (14 oz)
2 c
hot and spicy v8 juice
3 clove
1 Tbsp
oregano, dried
3/4 Tbsp
basil, dried
3/4 Tbsp
rosemary, dried
bay leaves, dried
2 Tbsp
hot sauce, several good shakes
1 tsp
pepper, fresh ground
1 c
medium pearl barley, uncooked

Directions Step-By-Step

Course chop the onion, celery stalks and carrots. Mince the garlic or feel free to use refrigerated chopped garlic to equal about 3 cloves.
Place a stock pot or dutch oven over medium heat; crumble the hamburger over the pan and break it up with a spatula. Add the chopped vegetables and continue to stir and chop until the meat is no longer pink. Add the garlic the last minute or so.

NOTE: There should be no need to add extra fat; just stay with it and stir often.
Add the chicken broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce, V8 juice, all the spices and sugar. Stir to combine and return to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, very slow boil and cook covered for one hour.
After one hour taste the stew and adjust seasonings to taste. Add the barley and cook at a very low boil for one hour, uncovered, keeping a watch and stirring often.

NOTE: If the stew gets too thick, you can add a little more V8 or cover the pot for the last part of cooking.
I served mine with Dree Rummond's Skillet Cornbread that is out of this world! I do, however, cut back on the shortening a bit. You can find the recipe at Food Network or Pioneer Woman website.

Link: foodnetwork.com/...index.html

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy