Power Packs: $5 Ground-Beef Stew

Kim McDevitt of Power Packs was back in our kitchen today with a tasty recipe for $5 Ground-Beef Stew (that’s right, $5!), as well as to tell us about Power Packs’ new initiative, the Power Up Kids Campaign.

The Power Up Kids Campaign was launched November 7th in Lancaster City and will be running through May 2017.  The goal of this interactive campaign is to inform, engage and inspire thoughtful dialog and collaborative change in Lancaster County and beyond. Featuring powerful public arts pieces, hands-on displays and thought-provoking installations, the Power Up Kids Campaign works to build awareness and promote action.

To learn more, visit their website or check out the video above. You can find the Ground-Beef Stew Recipe below:


  • ½ pound ground beef (or ground turkey)
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt and • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (about 10 ounces) condensed tomato soup AND 1 ¼ cups water
  • 6 medium carrots, sliced (or 2 cups canned or frozen, drained)
  • 2 medium potatoes, diced (or 2 cups canned, drained)
  • 1 cup onion, diced


–  Brown the meat in large skillet.  Drain off fat.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

– Add soup and water to skillet.  Add carrots, potatoes and onions.

– Bring to a boil, then simmer on low, covered, about 25 minutes or till vegetables are tender.  Remove from heat; cover for 10 minutes to allow mixture to thicken.

– Serve immediately.  Refrigerate leftovers to reheat at a later date.

Tip: use one full pound of ground meat and extra veggies to stretch this recipe for a larger crowd.

Cost of the meal: about $4.75

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