Poor Man’s Soup Recipe Is Perfect When Money Is Tight

Poor Man’s Soup Recipe

I’m a sucker for a good soup. Especially at lunchtime.

Canned soups suck. It’s 80% broth, one piece of meat and the ass-ends of many vegetables.

You’re paying for the can.

I found this Poor Man’s Soup recipe, a soup I’d never heard of before, and made a bunch to store in the freezer for lunch, emergency dinners and just because containers of frozen soup make me feel like an early settler or pioneer.

I’m no pioneer. I’d be awful at exploring new lands.

“You guys go on ahead, I’ll stay back here and see if you come back. I’ll make soup while I wait!”

Poor Man’s Soup Ingredients


  • 1 to 1 1/2 lbs ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 can (10 oz) diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 16 oz. package 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

Poor Man’s Soup Recipe Instructions

Instructions: Brown meat on stovetop and drain grease. Combine all ingredients, heat over low for about an hour. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Poor Man Soup Potatoes

Poor Man's Soup Final

Poor Man's Soup Pot


  1. When I made it the first time, I used the bouillon cubes. It worked out fine but I feel like using regular beef broth instead of cubes would bring the Poor Man’s Soup recipe to the next level.
  2. I tossed in the onions†with the browning meat because I just like fried onions and I love the smell of fried onions. It should be a Yankee Candle. I’d buy 100 frying onion candles right damn now. I’m leaving money on the desk. Leave the candles.
  3. To add some variety, change up the veggies once in a while. Play around with your favorites and occasionally use some vegetables you donít always add to meals. Don’t be biased against lima beans. They never did a god damn thing to you!
  4. Go small on the potatoes. Instead of large potatoes, I used fingerling taters and just halved them. It worked just as well and there was less chopping involved. I also like the word fingerling. Probably because it sounds like ding-a-ling and that’s a funny word for a penis and we’ve gotten WAY off track….

This Poor Man’s Soup can also be prepared for the crockpot. Simply brown the beef or turkey first and combine all ingredients in crockpot and cook on low for a couple of hours.

Invite over plenty of poor men. Just leave your address in the comments, I’ll be over immediately and won’t come empty-handed. Do you like fried onion candles?

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