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Poor Man’s Stew

This Poor Man's Stew is budget friendly, hearty, and packed with flavor. Ground beef, fluffy potatoes, and veggies are simmered in a thick and flavorful broth, then topped with sour cream and cheese.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dinner, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, ground beef, tomato soup
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 312kcal
Author: Jennifer Debth




  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • 3 carrots sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt plus more to taste (I used about 1 1/2 - 2 teaspoons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes peeled and cubed (about 6)
  • 1 (10.5 oz) can condensed tomato soup
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • Shredded cheese for serving
  • Sour cream or greek yogurt for serving


  • Heat a stockpot over medium heat.
  • Once hot, add in beef, onion, celery, carrots, garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, and paprika.
  • Cook, breaking up the meat as you go, until the beef is no longer pink and the carrots are tender, about 10-15 minutes.
  • Drain the grease, then place the stockpot back on the heat.
  • Stir in potatoes, tomato soup, and broth.
  • Bring to a simmer, then simmer, uncovered, stirring regularly, until potatoes are tender and the broth has thickened, about 15-20 minutes.
  • Taste, re-season, if necessary, and serve with shredded cheese and sour cream/greek yogurt.
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Serving: 1person | Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 964mg | Potassium: 1373mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 5524IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 4mg