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Bachelor Stew

Kristie sent me this super easy and “throw together” recipe for Bachelor Stew.


1 lb ground beef (Kroger had it for 1.97/lb where I live)
1 can of Vegetable Soup
1 can of Ranch Style Beans ($.79)
1 box of Corn Bread ($.44)

  1. Cook the meat in a large pot then drain. Dump in the soup and beans, mix together, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. When I make the cornbread I throw in a bit of sugar when mixing to add a bit of sweetness.

Since the cans of vegetable soups that I checked out all had potatoes (which my oldest is allergic to!), I decided to forgo using the can and just add some frozen veggies in with some canned tomatoes to give the same flavor.  And I used some frozen pinto beans from a big batch instead, added a dash of salsa and we’ll call them Ranch Style Beans!

Bachelor Stew

Yield – 6 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 40 minutes


  • 1 lb. ground beef ($1.39) On sale this week!
  • 1/2 small yellow onion ($.15)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder ($.05)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped, about 1 cup ($.10)
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots ($.33)
  • 1 1/2 cup pinto beans ($.15) (Or learn how to cook your own beans here.)
  • 8 green beans (the last from the garden) Substitute with 1 cup frozen green beans
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes ($.66)
  • 1 can tomato paste ($.19) Used coupon!
  • 1 cup salsa ($.50)


  • 1 3/4 cups yellow cornmeal ($.50)
  • 1/2 cup flour ($.10)
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder ($.05)
  • 2 Tbsp sugar ($.05)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil ($.10)
  • 2 eggs ($.20)
  • 1 cup milk ($.10) Use rice milk to stay dairy-free!
  • Optional, serve with Butter ($.20) and Honey ($.30)

Make a gluten free version of the cornbread for GF meal.


  • In large saucepan, brown ground beef with chopped onion, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Drain and rinse. Return to saucepan.
  • Add the remaining soup ingredients to the ground beef plus 2 cups of water. Stir together and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  • While simmering, make the cornbread. Preheat oven to 400 and grease an 8×8-inch baking dish.
  • In mixing bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, powder and salt. Whisk in the oil, eggs and milk until batter forms. Pour into greased baking dish.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 16-20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean in the middle. Serve hot with butter and honey.
  • Serve Bachelor Stew with Cornbread.

Cost $5.12 with LOTS of leftovers!