Okay, so in order to make this look like a "true" Poor Man's Stew, I used my old crock pot that has been in my life since I got married 12 years ago. It's seen better days, that's for sure, but I can't seem to part with it. Not yet at least. So here's how to make Poor Mans Stew.
All it takes is five ingredients. That's it!
•What you'll need:
1. Stew Meat (2 lbs.)
2. Beef Stew Seasoning Mix, (1.50 oz)
3. Sweet Peas (15 oz)
4. Sliced Carrots (15 oz)
5. Whole Kernel Corn (15 oz)
Start with two pounds of stew meat. I found a good deal on the ones already packaged, but you can find other varieties that are prepared for stew. It just depends on what your preference is. I found these packages on sale at the local Safeway here in my town.
Place the two pounds of stew meat into your crock pot and add the liquid from the cans of veggies. Don't add the veggies yet, just the liquid they are packed in.
Cook on high for 30 minutes with the lid on.
Add the vegetables in with the meat, along with the stew meat seasoning package. Cook for an additonal 30 minutes, or on low for several hours. I've also made this in the morning and let the stew meat cook on low all day with the seasoning and then added the vegetables 30 minutes before dinner. This recipe is pretty easy and is a quick dinner on the go, as well.
You can pair this soup with some Hungry Hippo Soup Bread found over on Handmade Charlotte! (How cute is that?)