Ground Beef Stew with Jalapeño

Fast and easy, budget-friendly, hearty, delicious, and Whole30 compliant, this ground beef stew with jalapeño is a Mexican dish I turn to time and time again.

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Ground Beef Stew with Jalapeño

It’s no surprise that today’s recipe is such a popular one in many Mexican households. This dish is fast and easy to make. It is hearty and filling. It is budget-friendly. And above all, it is tasty and satisfying.

This is such a typical dish, that my mom remembers being in kindergarten and waiting anxiously in the breakfast line at school for a scoop of this delicious stew.

I have early memories of this dish too. I remember numerous times at my grandmother’s house when ground beef stew with jalapeño would be her menu of choice as a quick and easy meal.

Now in my own home, it is not uncommon for a big pot of this stew to be simmering away on the stove just in time for dinner.

The thing about this ground beef and jalapeño stew is that it uses very simple ingredients that many Mexican households, including my own, tend to have stocked in the fridge.

Plus add in some potatoes, and this stew is hearty enough to feed an entire family with very little expense. Pair it with some tortillas, rice, or beans and you can invite the neighbors and their kids.

There are many variations of this dish, but the one that I am sharing with you today is the way I grew up eating this tasty one pot wonder. However, with one small adjustment this stew can be made Whole30 compliant.

How to Make Ground Beef Stew with Jalapeño

Begin by adding a tablespoon of olive oil to a dutch oven or large pot. Add in one pound of ground beef, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.

Brown the meat and break it up as it cooks using a wooden spoon.

Continue to cook until it is almost completely cooked through.

Then, add 1/4 diced onion and 1 diced garlic clove. Cook until fragrant.

Adding garlic and onion to ground beef

Next, add 1 diced tomato and one diced jalapeño. Cook for another minute.

Adding diced jalapeño to ground beef

Add 6 cups of hot water and one teaspoon of chicken bouillon.  For a healthier, Whole30 alternative use 3 cups of compliant chicken broth and 3 cups of hot water.

Adding chicken broth to ground beef

Taste for salt and adjust seasoning as necessary.

After that, add two medium potatoes (or one large potato) diced into 1/2″ pieces and stir.

Bring to a simmer. Let the stew simmer until the potatoes are fork tender, about 10-15 minutes.

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Serve in a soup bowl with the broth. You can also serve it with less broth in a shallow bowl with a side of delicious rice or beans.

It is also so easy to double the ingredients for more servings, which I often do to save myself from making lunch or dinner the next day.

Such a simple recipe but it makes a great dinner. I hope you enjoy!

Do you have any easy ground beef recipes you always turn to? I’d love to know in the comments below.

Click here for another ground beef soup I just absolutely love, Mexican Meatball Soup. 

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Ground Beef Stew with Jalapeño

A fast and easy, budget-friendly, hearty and delicious dish, this ground beef stew with jalapeño is a favorite in many Mexican households.

Author: Gemma from Everyday Latina
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt (plus more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 diced onion
  • 1 diced garlic clove
  • 1 diced Roma tomato
  • 1 diced jalapeño (*see notes)
  • 2 diced medium potatoes (or 1 large potato)
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 2 tsps chicken bouillon (or 3 cups of Whole30 compliant chicken broth)
Instructions
  1. Begin by adding a tablespoon of olive oil to a dutch oven or large pot. Add in the ground beef, 1 teaspoon of salt and pepper.

  2. Brown the meat and break it up as it cooks using a wooden spoon. Continue to cook until the meat is almost completely cooked through.

  3. Add the onion and garlic. Cook until fragrant. 

  4. Next, add the tomato and jalapeño. Cook for another minute.

  5. Add 6 cups of hot water and 2 teaspoons of chicken bouillon. For a healthier, Whole30 alternative use 3 cups of compliant chicken broth and 3 cups of hot water.

  6. Taste for salt and adjust seasoning as necessary.

  7. Dice two medium potatoes (or 1 large potato) into 1/2" pieces. Add to the stew and stir.

  8. Bring to a simmer and let the stew simmer until the potatoes are fork tender, about 10-15 minutes.

  9. Serve in a soup bowl with the broth. You can also serve it with less broth in a shallow bowl with a side of rice or beans.

Recipe Notes

*Instead of jalapeños, you can substitute 4-5 diced roasted green chiles (like Anaheim or Hatch). Green chiles add a whole other taste to the stew and is also great.

 

 

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