Pioneer Soup

Nothing warms you up better on a cool day than a bowl of hearty pioneer soup! This is the type of soup where a recipe is just a “guideline”. I shared this recipe during the start of the COVID pandemic because I wanted to encourage people to look around the kitchen and use the ingredients you have rather than going out shopping.

I’m including a list of basic ingredients but anything you don’t have you can just make a substitution. When you watch the video, you’ll see what I mean.

This soup is freezes well and can be enjoyed all through the winter. We often freeze portions of soup in zip lock bags and just pull them out and heat a portion as needed. I encourage you to be creative and add the ingredients you like and omit the ones that are not your favorites.


  • 2 onions diced
  • Can of black beans
  • 1 cup barley (pearl or pot)
  • 1-pound ground beef (chicken, pork, or turkey)
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of chilli powder
  • 1 grated potato
  • Mystery ingredients (any leftover you have in the fridge/freezer)

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A picture of “Pioneer Soup” sent in by one of my YouTube viewers. 


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