Green Bean Stew

This green bean stew is a traditional German dish based on my Mamas recipe. At home we call this blend of green beans, mince, gravy and mashed potato lovingly "Schmurks". 

Mamas Green Bean Stew

I actually don't know how my Mum came up with this name but it stuck :-). I love this stew, it is colorful, rich in flavors and when we are having it on the menu there is usually a guarantee that everyone will go for a second helping. 

Schmurks - Mamas Green bean stew with mince and gravy

Preparation time: 15 minutes 
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Resting time: 0 minutes
Total time needed: 55 minutes
Grade of Difficulty: standard

Ingredients for Green Bean Stew

  • 2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil, or oil of your choice
  • 500 gram / 17.6 oz of fresh green beans, both ends chopped off
  • 300 gram / 10.6 oz beef mince, (optional use mutton, or pork mince instead)
  • 1 kg potatoes of your choice, quartered
  • 4 shallots or 2 medium sized onions, chopped fine
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
  • 1 red bishops crown chili pepper, chopped fine, (optional use jalapeno or cayenne chili instead)
  • 2 tbs. of flour
  • 1 heaped tsp. paprika powder
  • 2 cups of beef stock, (optional use beef stock cube and 2 cups of hot water instead)
  • 4 tbs. fresh savory leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat up oil on the stove in a large frying pan
  • Add onions, garlic and chili pepper and braise them till the onions are beginning to change color
  • Add mince, stir well, cover pan with lid and let the mince fry till it becomes brown and crumbly, stirring it regularly
  • sprinkle flour through a strainer onto the mince and mix well
  • Add the beef stock, paprika, salt, pepper and green beans, stir contents of pan, cover pan with lid and once the sauce is beginning to boil again, reduce the heat and let the stew gently simmer for 30 minutes
  • In the meantime boil potatoes in salt water for about 20 to 25 minutes, once they are done, pour away the water, add a knob of butter and half a cup of milk to the hot potatoes and mash them well with a potato masher
  • Once the stew has cooked for 30 minutes, mix in the savory, sample the stew and if needed add salt and pepper to taste

Serve hot together with the mashed potato.

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