Poor Man Stew

Katrina Freed


Forty years ago I made this casserole for a friend of mine and she decided it should be called Poor Man Stew.

My aunt is responsible for the original recipe and she always called this Five Layer Casserole because of the five layers.

Recipes get tweaked and changed so often that the original Five Layer Casserole name has become many other things... so from hence forth my version shall be known as Poor Man Stew


★★★★★ 2 votes

20 Min
35 Min


  • 1 - 1/2 lb
    ground beef
  • 1/2 c
    onion, chopped
  • 1 can(s)
    tomato soup
  • 1 can(s)
    cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 c
    fresh carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 4 c
    raw potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 c
  • ·
    pepper, freshly ground

How to Make Poor Man Stew


  1. Preheat oven to 350

    Brown beef and onions, drain excess grease and layer on the bottom of a heavy duty dutch oven (with lid)
  2. Spread undiluted tomato soup over top beef and onion
  3. layer peeled, cut carrots over top of tomato soup
  4. Add bite sized cut, peeled, potatoes over top of carrots
  5. Mix milk with mushroom soup and pour over potatoes

    Season with fresh ground pepper

    Cover and bake until vegetable are tender

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