How to Make the Best Ground Beef Mince Stew From Scratch


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Learn how to make ground beef stew at home from scratch

Learn how to make ground beef stew at home from scratch

Irish Mince Stew Recipe

If you are looking for some tasty dinner ideas then you have come to the right place. This recipe shows you how to make a homemade mince stew with ground beef and potatoes. This is a step-by-step guide that you can easily follow to create your own ground beef dinner. There are photos and videos, too.

This is a popular Irish food that we make quite often. Minced beef is a cheap meat, which makes this meal economical, as well.

Preparation and Cooking Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

1 hour 20 min

1 hour 50 min

Makes 10 dinners

Ingredients for a ground beef stew

Ingredients for a ground beef stew


  • 1 packet mince steak, ground beef
  • 2 large onions
  • 3 large carrots
  • Small amount of cabbage
  • 3 medium potatoes
  • Tin or tube of tomato puree
  • Small amount of oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons gravy powder

Step One: Prepare the Vegetables

  1. Cut the head and end of the onions and peel off the skin.
  2. Run under the cold water of the tap. This prevents the odours making you cry.
  3. Slice the onions into small pieces.
  4. Cut off the top and end of the carrots and peel the outer skin.
  5. Chop up three carrots into either long strips or small round pieces.
  6. Grate the remainder of the carrots.
  7. Cut up the cabbage into very small pieces.
  8. Peel and cut the potatoes into small chunks.
  9. Add a little oil to a large pot and heat.
  10. Throw in the onions and heat until brown. Make sure you stir often.
  11. When the onions are ready then add the mince steak or ground beef and stir in well. Do not overcook. The meat should only be allowed to go brown. This seals in the flavour.
  12. Add a large amount of tomato puree. This depends on your own taste but I always add half a tube.
  13. Pour in water that is boiled and stir.
  14. Add the carrots both grated and the other pieces.
  15. Also add the chunks of potatoes.
  16. Add more water if necessary. The water should cover all the ingredients. Bring to the boil and then simmer on a very low heat.
  17. The stew will be cooked through in about an hour and ten minutes.
Add more water if necessary. The water should cover all of the ingredients.

Add more water if necessary. The water should cover all of the ingredients.

Step Two: Make the Gravy

  1. Take a jug and add about a half cup of cold water. Add approximately 2 tablespoons of gravy powder, and mix in very well.
  2. Turn the heat up on the pot with the stew and slowly pour in the gravy powder. Make sure you stir constantly until all the liquid has been added to the stew.
  3. If you think the stew is too thin add more gravy powder. Wait until the stew comes back up to the boil and then simmer for a further ten minutes
  4. Turn off the heat and dish up the mince steak and vegetable stew!

How to Freeze Leftovers

  1. Once the stew is cold enough, you can put it into small one person portions in a dish.
  2. Cover each dish with either a freezer bag of cling film and put in your freezer.
  3. When you want to eat stew again, just take out whatever portions you require and leave to defrost for a few hours.
  4. Reheat when you are ready for dinner either in the microwave or in a pot.

If you have a large family, it would make more sense to put the stew in a bigger dish and freeze. I only have one more person in the house, so it is better for me to freeze them in smaller portions.

Ground Beef Mince Stew

Ground Beef Mince Stew

Other Vegetables

I usually add frozen garden peas or home made mushy peas to the stew too. My mother grows her own peas so, she adds them straight from the garden. You can use other vegetables too and experiment with the different flavours.

The mushy peas are made in bulk and frozen, so when cooking a stew I take a bag out in the morning to defrost them. I add either peas once the gravy is mixed in and the stew is simmered for the last ten minutes.

Preparing stew for freezing

Preparing stew for freezing

Ground Beef Recipes

I also cook this recipe without potatoes so it can be used as part of other dinners. It can be made in bulk and portions can then be put in the freezer. Add the ground beef mince to spaghetti, pasta, mashed potatoes or chips.

Dinners Made with Mince

My mother made delicious mince stew for us when we were kids. This meal is still a favourite of mine and can also be made in bulk and put in the freezer. Therefore I make enough for a few meals in a large pot and freeze the main part of it.

I add most of the carrots to the pot grated because large pieces of carrots do not freeze very well; they are always a little bit too soggy when reheated. The other carrots are dished up for that night’s meal so are just right in texture and taste.

The potatoes also do not freeze that well either. So I add enough potatoes to the pot that I want to use for dinner. This also gives the stew flavour. When I take out a portion of frozen ground beef stew for dinner I cook fresh potatoes in a pot on their own and add them to the stew a couple of minutes before I dish up.

Beef Stew Recipe

Ground Beef Stew Recipes


Casangel on May 04, 2018:

this looks sooo yummy i love it with chips or mash and mushy peas on the side . in the winter , so comforting . you give great easy instructions thank you

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on March 05, 2018:

Hello Pat,

I sometimes make the stew without the potatoes and use mash instead as well. It is a very easy dish to make so hopefully more people will see this recipe and try it.

Pat Johansmeyer on February 14, 2018:

Ah, one of those lifelong comfort foods that are as good for the spirit as for the body.

Although my husband is Irish/German, his family's recipes tended towards German. He'd never heard of Mince until he met me. Now, 52 years later, he's more likely to suggest making it than I am. Not that I object; cooking in that gravy does something beautiful to carrots. I would happily eat every one in the pot.

My personal changes...since he grinds the meat and it's extremely lean, I add some shakes of Worchestershire to sub for the flavor a higher fat content would give. I also was taught to make it without the potatoes. My mother served it with mash. Looking at yours, lol, I wish I could still indulge in potatoes. They look delicious!

Thanks for this and your other lovely recipes!

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on July 19, 2014:

Making a delicious mince stew is very easy and the meat is cheap too. Thank you Soulfully for taking the time to leave your kind comment and the vote. This recipe is very easy to freeze and tastes just as good when reheated.

soulfully on May 11, 2014:

Simple ingredients, easy to make and very filling - My type of home-cooked food. I need to start freezing more stew when I make a big batch intstead of letting it go to waste.

Thanks for the step by step guide and photos. Voted up - Awesome. :)

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on April 27, 2013:

I like the diced meat too Brett but this is a unique taste for a stew, it is also a lot cheaper and has given me a good dinner many a time when the funds were low lol. Thanks for taking the time to comment and for your shares and voted

Brett C from Asia on November 02, 2012:

Simple, tasty and convenient. I prefer diced meat, but that is what cooking is all about, tweaking things to your own style ;-).

Shared, pinned, tweeted, up and useful.

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on July 25, 2012:

Yes the photos for my mince stew are making me want some too. I have a few still in the freezer so must take one out for tonight's dinner.

Thank you Christy for taking the time to leave a comment

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on July 02, 2012:

You document the steps well with the photos! You are making me hungry...

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on June 30, 2012:

Mince stew with boiled potatoes is a great meal when the hunger pangs are crying.

Denise thanks for commenting and the votes

alocsin it does take a while to prepare I agree but what I do is make enough for that nights meal and for at least 7 or 8 other portions. I freeze these and then I can take them out whenever I fancy the soup. This does make it worth the time because I can have a quick and easy meal then.

Thanks for the comment and votes

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on June 29, 2012:

This is a lot of prep time but looks like the final result is worth it. Voting this Up and Useful.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on June 28, 2012:

I love stew and your photos are enticing. I would probably substitute a ground turkey for the beef meat, but otherwise it is very appealing. Rated up/useful/interesting--love the family history. :)

Five stars for its value of budget and 'comfort' food.

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on June 28, 2012:

Yes I do love to have this stew with some fresh bread and butter. Thanks for the votes and share

Thelma Alberts from Germany on June 26, 2012:

Yummy! It looks delicious! Your step by step cooking make it easy for me to follow the recipe. Voted up and shared in Twitter.

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