Poor Man's Fried Potato/Veggies

Kathey Jo Hickey-Van Otten


I raised 5 sons and a daughter plus more boys that were friends of my older sons who living on the streets or just over all the time..money was tight, so i was always on the lookout for recipes that were inexpensive. This one is something I made up..it has alot in it, and everyone loved it..probably because of the cheese on top!! Ha! To this day, my grown up children love this still and will come over for me to fry it up.These days it is just five of us here, so don't cook in large amounts. Still miss all the chatting around the stove however..

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at least 12


15 Min


30 Min


1 lb
hamburger/or chicken/or whatever meat you want
1 c
chopped onion
1 c
chopped red/green/yellow/orange bell peppers
1 c
1 c
frozen/fresh peas
1 c
chopped zucchini
1 c
chopped summer squash
3 lb
potatoes/any kind you like, reds are great flavor
2 c
grated cheese, any kind, i use cheddar or montrey jack
2 Tbsp
2 Tbsp
2 Tbsp
sea, or kosher salt
1 Tbsp
black pepper
1 Tbsp
red pepper seeds
1 Tbsp
thyme leaves
1/4 lb
butter for frying or use oil if not using cast iron
eggs (optional)
cream of celery soup or another cream soup
1 can(s)

Directions Step-By-Step

I don't peel potatoes, so wash and cube them, placing them in the cast iron skillet. It cooks better. Otherwise if don't have it..use what you have on hand. Chop the onions and other veggies, and add them to potatoes. Be sure you cook this on medium heat..and stir it well every five minutes, so it wont stick. Be sure to add the butter and stir to spread it all over the food.
In another skillet, start frying up the meat, if it is hamburger, keep chopping it up like taco meat size. If chicken, or other meat, chop it up small, or shred it..whichever you like. Ground turkey you will cook like the hamburger..
Add the spices after ten minutes of cooking the meat. You will begin to smell them as them cook. Taste it here and there to be sure you have enough salt. Might need to add or decrease it as it suits you.
Once the veggies are cook and the meat, combine the meat with the veggies and stir it well to make sure it is all mixed together.
Break the eggs and beat them, place over the veggies, before the cheese is placed on top. Stir and turn the veggies so that the eggs get cooked through.
Open can of "cream of celery" soup, or whichever cream soup you like. Add a can of milk to it and pour it all into the skillet and mix well. Turn the heat down some more, not low, but somewhere between.
Grate the cheese and it on standby.Place it on top of the veggies when the creamed soup begins to bubble. Replace the top so it will melt..can stir it up to get it all through the veggies. Let it cook for 15 minutes and turn off burner.
Supper is ready and will be good with cornbread, pan bread, or fresh baked bread. We make jalapeno bread sometimes and it adds the extra spice that is over the top. Real good..eat as just the main dish or add salad..

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken, Beef, Other Main Dishes
Regional Style: Mexican
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Healthy