Cubed, frozen hash-brown potatoes can be used in place of chunky-style frozen, seasoned hash-brown potatoes.
Save prep time by chopping several onions at once in the food processor. Package them into 1/2-cup amounts and freeze them for later recipes. In this stew, cook the frozen chopped onion directly with the ground beef.
Pass grated or shredded Parmesan cheese for sprinkling over steaming bowls of stew.