My mother came up with this when we were growing up because she had 6 of us kids to cook for and there was always someone who wouldn't eat one of the vegetables in regular stews. So this one only contains the few vegetables we all liked, plus it's very economical. For anyone thinking I think I'll throw in this or that vegetable or ingredient, I urge you to try it with just these few ingredients at least once. There's just something about how the flavors all go together so well that is just so tasty. And of course, it's even better the next day, after it's had time for the flavors to blend.
1Brown hamburger in a large pot until no longer pink; towards the end of browning, add diced onion and cook with hamburger until onion is soft; stirring frequently. Drain off grease.
2Add green beans ( I don't drain mine.) Add potatoes and enough water to cover the potatoes.
3Bring to a boil, and cook until potatoes are soft enough to break with spoon. Stir often. After potatoes soften, reduce heat and cover, and simmer for a while, to allow flavors to blend; about an hour or so. Keep a close eye on it.
*This is the one-pot method; but you can cook the potatoes in a separate pot until soft, and meanwhile cook the hamburger/onion mixture in a skillet. Once the potatoes are done, drain off some of the water, and add meat/onion mixture, along with the green beans, if desired. Keep in mind you will still need to cook it all together for a while, to allow the meat and onions to flavor the broth. This could also be cooked in a crock pot. We like to eat this with a glass of milk, and bread and butter.