I’m coming back from NYC today. I can’t wait to upload the pictures and share the beautiful fall views of Central Park and insane amount of eating we did. It was a great trip! However like any vacation, this weekend has left me craving a simple home-cooked meal.

Barleyburger Stew is just that. My favorite part is the barley. It creates a nicely thick stew when it soaks up the tomato juice as it cooks. Fried hamburger, onion, and plenty of chili powder round out the perfect return meal for any trip.

Barleyburger Stew


1 pound ground beef

1 small onion, chopped

4 1/2 cups tomato juice

1/2 cup water

scant teaspoon salt

3 teaspoons chili powder

1/4 teaspoon pepper

2/3 cup uncooked quick barley


In a large saucepan, cook and stir meat and onion until meat is brown and onion is tender. Drain off fat.

Stir in remaining ingredients; heat to boiling. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until barley is done and stew is desired consistency, about 15 minutes.

Serves 4

Adapted from Betty Crocker’s Dinner for Two Cookbook 1973