Creamy Ground Beef Stew

Looking for a hearty and comforting meal that’s both easy to make and packed with wholesome goodness? Look no further than this Creamy Ground Beef Stew! This one-pot wonder features tender ground beef, flavorful mushrooms, carrots, broccoli, and onions, all simmered to perfection in a rich beef broth and finished with a creamy touch of heavy cream. It’s the perfect recipe for a cozy night in, offering a satisfying and nutritious meal that the whole family will love!

Creamy ground beef stew served in a serving bowl.

Why I Love This Recipe

I’m absolutely thrilled about my Creamy Ground Beef Stew recipe! What makes my take on this recipe special is its unique blend of ground beef and veggies, simmered to perfection in a hearty broth. Drawing inspiration from Japanese-style creamy stew curry and incorporating my signature creamy base from my Creamy Chicken Soup recipe, alongside my low and slow cooking method from my Salmon Bacon Chowder and Asian Oxtail Soup, this soup is a one-pot wonder that’s incredibly easy to make!

It’s the ultimate comfort food for anyone craving a satisfying, hassle-free meal that’s both wholesome and flavorful. Let’s dive into the kitchen and whip up a batch of this creamy delight—it’s sure to warm your soul and your taste buds!

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Ground Beef – 80/20 fat ratio preferred but can also use 90/10.
  • Onions – yellow or brown chopped onions.
  • Carrot – peeled and chopped.
  • Mushrooms – common white bottom mushrooms or cremini mushrooms, cleaned and sliced.
  • Garlic sliced.
  • Broccoli – use only the florets.
  • Salt – sea salt preferred.
  • Black Pepper – ground.
  • Beef Broth – full flavor beef broth.
  • Heavy Cream – heavy cream or heavy whipping cream.  
  • Butter – salted or unsalted butter will both work.
  • Thickener – corn starch slurry, Xanthan Gum for low carb, or thickener of choice.

Additional Add Ins

To make this soup even heartier, consider adding Green Peas, Green Beans, Corn, Potatoes, Edamame Beans, and Celery. These mix-ins will not only enhance the texture but also elevate the flavor of the dish, resulting in a more satisfying and nutritious meal.

Various ingredients and vegetables used to make creamy ground beef stew laid out on a counter top.

Essential Kitchen Equipment

  • Large Pot

Directions

☑ Before Getting Started

Make sure you use a Large Pot or, preferably, a Dutch Oven for best results.

Step 1 Start by placing the ground beef into a large stovetop pot or Dutch oven. Season it with salt and black pepper and cook until the beef is nicely browned.

Ground beef in a pot.

Step 2 Next, add in the onions, carrots, mushrooms, and garlic, and sauté them for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Then, pour in the beef broth and let it simmer on low heat, covered, for about 15-20 minutes or until the vegetables have softened to your liking.

Ground beef and vegetable in a pot.

🧂 Flavoring Pro Tip

For an extra flavor boost, incorporate 1 Teaspoon of Chicken Bullion into your soup.

Step 3 Finally, introduce the broccoli and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until it reaches your preferred level of tenderness. To finish, stir in the butter, heavy cream, and your chosen thickener, gently stirring until the stew achieves your desired thickness.

Creamy ground beef stew in a pot.

🥦 Broccoli Pro Tip

When cooking broccoli, achieving the desired tenderness is subjective and can vary greatly from person to person. For a Firmer Texture, cook the broccoli for 2-3 Minutes, while for a Softer Texture, extend the cooking time to 4-6 Minutes.

🥄 Corn Starch Pro Tip

If using Corn Starch Slurry as a thickener, prepare a mixture of 2 Tablespoon of Corn Starch and 4 Tablespoons of Water in a mixing bowl. Gradually add this mixture to your soup until it thickens to your liking.

Pairing Recommendations

This stew is hearty and satisfying on its own, but it also pairs wonderfully with other dishes. Consider serving it alongside a simple green salad dressed in Caesar Dressing for a refreshing contrast, or opt for a heartier side like Bacon Cauliflower Gratin. If you’re craving something comforting, Cheesy Cauliflower Rice or your favorite rice choice would be the perfect accompaniment.

Various ingredients and vegetables used to make creamy ground beef stew laid out on a counter top.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can this stew be frozen?

Yes, you can absolutely freeze this stew. Once the creamy beef stew has cooled down, transfer it into ziplock bags or airtight freezer containers before placing it in the freezer for storage.

Are there any tips for preventing the stew from becoming too thick or too thin?

Add the thickener slowly and wait 20-30 seconds before adding any more thickener, as it will continue to thicken over time. If it becomes too thick, simply add more broth.

How long does it take to cook the stew on the stovetop?

It only takes 15-20 minutes to cook the stew on the stovetop.

 

Creamy ground beef stew served in a serving bowl.

Storage Tips

To store leftovers, simply transfer them into an airtight container and place it in the refrigerator. Leftovers can be safely stored this way for 5 to 7 days.

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Creamy ground beef stew served in a serving bowl.

Creamy Ground Beef Stew

Indulge in the creamy goodness of my Creamy Ground Beef Stew recipe! This hearty dish features tender ground beef, wholesome vegetables, and a velvety broth, making it the perfect comfort food. Try this creamy beef stew for a satisfying meal that will warm your soul.
5 from 3 votes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American, Worldwide
Keyword: creamy beef stew
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Print Recipe
Calories: 443kcal

Ingredients

Stew

Corn Starch Slurry

  • 2 tbsp Corn Starch for low carb use xanthan gum
  • 4 tbsp Water

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for creamy ground beef stew.
  • Chop onion, broccoli, carrot and slice mushrooms, garlic as shown below and set aside.
    Chopped broccoli.
  • Heat large stove top pot on high heat and add in ground beef. Sprinkle salt and black pepper, mix in with a spatula and cook until beef is browned, about 2 minutes.
    Ground beef in a pot.
  • Add chopped onion, carrots, sliced mushrooms and garlic. Saute for 1-2 minutes on high heat.
    Ground beef and vegetable in a pot.
  • Add in beef broth, bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and cook for 15-20 minutes until vegetables are all softened.
    Creamy ground beef stew in a pot.
  • Once vegetables are softened, add in chopped broccoli and cook for 2-3 minutes or until broccoli are softened to preferred tenderness.
    Creamy ground beef stew with broccoli in a pot.
  • The final step is to mix in butter, heavy cream and thickener. Continue to mix until your thickener is completely dissolved and soup is thickened. Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy warm!
    Creamy ground beef stew in a pot.

Nutrition

Calories: 443kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 865mg | Potassium: 548mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3145IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 3mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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