This Poor Man’s Soup Is My Grandma’s Secret Recipe

Make this soup and you’ll never feel poor in your life again.

Poor man’s soup is a quick and easy recipe that will get you the heartiest of soups with the cheapest of ingredients.

This is perfect! When you have a big family to feed, it is sometimes pretty tough to find yourself a good hearty meal that is full of deliciousness without breaking the bank.

Kids are expensive to feed, and husbands? They eat a lot, too so if you are trying to save some money and be more frugal with your spending, you have got to spend some time meal planning!

Well, today I want to help you with that.  I know how hard it can be to save money in the grocery part of our budget without feeling like you are skipping meals, so I asked my good friend and neighbor Anne for some suggestions (with 6 kids, she has got to know a thing or two about saving money).

She told me to try making Poor Man’s soup.  I remembered that my grandma had made this for me when I was younger so I went to her and asked for the recipe.

Guys, her recipe has been passed down from generation to generation and is amazing.  I know you will love this!

My grandma’s recipe is everything that you are looking for in a hearty dinner.  It has lots of meat, even more veggies and the broth is so flavorful!

If you want to save even more money, skip on the meat.  Or maybe consider using whatever leftover meat you have from the week.  Whatever you choose, you will end up with a hearty meal that your entire family will love, that’s for sure.

I make this at least once a week for my family and they all love it! Check out what our friends over at All She Cooks had to say about this:

“I love how easily I can pull a meal together with ingredients I have on hand.  No need to run to the store for this one… if you don’t have one of the ingredients listed below, don’t be afraid to try something else.”

Yes, I absolutely agree! I have tried so many variations to this soup and they are always just as wonderful as the last!



1 to 1 1/2 lbs ground beef or ground turkey

1 can (10 oz) diced tomatoes and green chilies (or Rotel)

16 oz. package Del Monte frozen mixed vegetables

6-8 potatoes peeled and diced

1 small onion diced

6 beef bouillon cubes

8 cups water

salt and pepper to taste



Brown meat on stove top and drain grease. Combine all ingredients, heat over low for about an hour. Add salt and pepper to taste and voila- dinner’s served! Enjoy this low-cost meal, which makes enough to serve a family of four for dinner and leftovers for lunch the next day.

This can also be prepared for the crockpot. Simply brown the beef or turkey and combine all ingredients in crockpot and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Fresh ingredients can also be used if you have them, and are so delish!



Quick Tip: Do not be afraid to swap out ingredients.  It always turns out well!

Thanks again to All She Cooks for this amazing recipe.


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