Hamburger Barley Stew (Crock Pot)

Total Time
5hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 5 hrs

Easy to throw together for a cold, rainy day. Nice and filling when served with a crusty loaf of bread. ETA--often I make this with beef broth instead of the water and bouillon cubes, and I'll often add a can of canned corn as well.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Dissolve the bouillon in the water.
  2. Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 9-10 hours or high for 4.5-5 hours.
Most Helpful

I am not going to rate this being I made changes as I started the recipe as written - then thought as it cooked for more flavor to add 1 tsp of chipolte in adobe sauce and a tablespooon of tomato paste because I didn't like the color of the sauce, and did use ground turkey. My husband loved it and called it "hardy". I thought it was OK. Made a half recipe and yes makes at least 4 to 5 servings. Always better warmed as a leftover and looking foward to it. Made #26110 biscuits to serve with. Easy and good!

marcoandrita February 09, 2013

6qt crock. 2 cans beef broth 1.5c water to equal 5c liquid. 2 cans italian diced tomatoes. no potatoes. cooked overnight sans barley because i have quick-cook barley. added barley at very end. REALLY tasty! served with grilled cheese sandwiches.

O-mama October 03, 2011

My 13 year old son ate 3 bowls of this and still begged for more! Definitely will make again. I made 1/2 the recipe and it made 8 bowls. I substituted an 8 oz can of tomato sauce for one of the cans of tomatoes. Delicious!

jweiss61 January 20, 2010