Kielbasas and Potato Skillet - Cheap and Delicious Meal!


I recently found myself wandering the isles of the grocery store in a zombie-like state searching for something to make for dinner while my precious child whined incessantly, “are we done yet?!” While picking out a package of hot dogs, I noticed a coupon for $1.00 off 2 packages of kielbasas. Intrigued, I picked up the coupon and pushed my cart a few feet over to the kielbasa. I was thrilled to find that it was on sale! I purchased two packages of kielbasa for $3.00 and decided I needed to create some kind of delicious dinner with it. 

Usually I just fry up some kielbasa to serve with pierogies… nothing wrong with that meal at all! But I wanted something a little different. What I concocted has turned out to be one of our favorite family dinners. This Kielbasas and Potato Skillet is a really cheap and delicious Meal!

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Kielbasas and Potato Skillet - Cheap and Delicious Meal!

The potatoes in this skillet meal are crispy on the outside and soft inside, the onions and peppers add so much flavor, and the pan-fried kielbasa is perfect. We love to eat this with a big dollop of sour cream.

Kielbasas and Potato Skillet - Cheap and Delicious Meal!

Banana Bread

Sometimes I buy bananas knowing no one will eat them and then I’ll “have” to make banana bread. Ha! Really, banana bread is so easy to make, fills the air with a delicious smell, and is an easy dessert or side to a cheap dinner. Plus, it make a yummy breakfast the next morning!

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Kielbasas and Potato Skillet - Cheap and Delicious Meal!

Cheap Dinner!

I knew my kielbasa skillet dinner and banana bread would turn out to be a pretty cheap meal, but when I added up the price of the ingredients I was surprised! Here’s the breakdown:

Kielbasa and Potato Skillet:
Kielbasa – $1.50
Potatoes – $0.67
Bell pepper – $0.69
Onion – $0.40
Butter – $0.06
Vegetable oil – $0.02
=$3.34 or $0.84 per serving

Banana Bread:
Bananas – $0.25
Flour – $0.18
Butter – $0.50
Sugar – $0.18
Eggs – $0.12
Vanilla – $0.21
Baking Soda – $0.01
=$1.45 or $0.29 per 2-slice serving

Kielbasa and Potato Skillet dinner with sour cream + banana bread with butter = $5.43 for the whole meal!

I shop at Kroger and Aldi. I realize prices will vary based on where you live, sales, and coupons, but I’m still sure you can make this meal for a very low cost.

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Kielbasa and Potato Skillet

  • Author: Carissa Shaw for Mom Needs Chocolate
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 80
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes


  • 1 pounds Kielbasa
  • 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 3 pounds potatoes
  • Sour cream (optional)


1. Heat oil and butter heat in a large skillet over medium heat.

2. Wash, peel, and chop potatoes into 3/4-inch cubes.

3. Peel the onion then cut it in half and slice into thin strips.

4. Remove the stem and seeds from the bell pepper then cut the pepper into thin strips.

5. Add the potatoes, onions, and bell peppers to the skillet, cover and cook over medium heat for 20 minutes.

6. Remove the lid from the skillet and continue to cook until the potatoes begin to reach golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Note: I like my potatoes extra crispy, so I cooked them an additional 20 minutes.

7. Remove the potatoes, onions, and bell peppers from the skillet and set aside. Slice the kielbasa into 1/2-3/4 inch thick rounds. Place the kielbasa slices into the skillet in an even layer and cook uncovered over medium heat, flipping once, until both sides are golden brown.

8. Add the potato mixture back to the skillet and gently stir. Cook uncovered for an additional 5 minutes.

Serve immediately with sour cream.


  • Serving Size: 4
  • Calories: 802
  • Sugar: 7
  • Sodium: 1091
  • Fat: 49
  • Saturated Fat: 19
  • Unsaturated Fat: 25
  • Trans Fat: 1
  • Carbohydrates: 70
  • Protein: 23
  • Cholesterol: 112



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9 Comments on Kielbasas and Potato Skillet – Cheap and Delicious Meal!

  1. Genny
    March 2, 2017 at 11:08 am (1 year ago)

    Hi Carissa — I found your blog recently and read your story on Miscarriage. Let me first say that I am so sorry for your loss and that your story touched my heart. While I am 63 years old, I also had a miscarriage 29 years ago, and you are right, it changes you. I still mourn for that loss. I know others don’t understand It brings tears to my eyes just writing this. It’s a loss that only those who have suffered can understand. The only positive to take away from a miscarriage is that we have a little one in Heaven waiting for us!

  2. Vicki
    May 25, 2017 at 11:31 am (1 year ago)

    Another good way to mix potatoes and kielbasa is to add green beans and cover all with water. Simmer until potatoes are cooked. I add black pepper when it’s cooking for a little extra zip and its a surprisingly filling meal.

    • carissashaw
      July 9, 2017 at 9:12 pm (1 year ago)

      Ooooo, that sounds delish!

  3. Nicole
    November 1, 2017 at 12:02 am (10 months ago)

    I have been looking for cheap & quick meals to make for busy nights. I came across this recipe and thought it would be perfect. It didn’t dissapoint. I changed the recipe a little tho…i like to roast diced potatoes with olive oil & lipton french onion soup mix for about 45 minutes on 425 degrees in the oven and when there’s about 15 minutes left I saute the onions & peppers & kielbasa slices in a pan. At the end I add everything together & serve with the sour cream. Thanks for a great recipe!!!

  4. Angela
    December 20, 2017 at 2:46 pm (8 months ago)

    Can you do more of these cheap meals? I LOVED the price break down too.

    • carissashaw
      December 21, 2017 at 11:57 am (8 months ago)

      Yes, absolutely! I’ll make this a goal for future recipes. I already have some ideas!

  5. John Caddy
    April 1, 2018 at 4:38 pm (5 months ago)

    Try adding a red or yellow pepper a green pepper and a medium onion to the sausage then add a pkg of Lipton golden onion soup and 1 1/2 cups water mixture when bubbly add a teaspoon of corn starch mixed with a small amount of water until thicken and serve over rice.

  6. Ashley Dalton
    July 9, 2018 at 3:33 am (1 month ago)

    This sounds really good, I usually make it with kielbasa potatoes green beans and sometimes I put corn in it. The corn changes the flavor if you want something else and it stretches it also.

  7. Aimee
    July 15, 2018 at 2:33 pm (1 month ago)

    I added baby carrots and frozen green beans and skipped the green pepper (doesn’t agree with me) and used Chicken Smoked Sausage. YUMM!


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