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Hobo Stew

Hobo Stew

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One pot is used over a campfire for a quick, simple, yet delicious meal. The hungrier you are, the better it tastes!

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  • Calories:
  • 391 kcal
  • 20%
  • Fat:
  • 10.1 g
  • 16%
  • Carbs:
  • 52g
  • 17%
  • Protein:
  • 22 g
  • 44%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 46 mg
  • 15%
  • Sodium:
  • 654 mg
  • 26%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Heat a cast iron Dutch oven over a campfire, and brown the ground beef. Drain off the excess grease, then pour in the mixed vegetables, tomatoes, macaroni, and water. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover, and cook until the macaroni is tender, and the stew has reached desired thickness.
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I could tell just by reading the recipe that it was going to need some punching up. So the 4 stars are based on my additions. I browned the meat with a half an onion chopped and added garlic powder. I used Italian seasoned diced tomatoes and substituted beef consumme for the water. It still needs more seasoning. And next time I make it I will use salad macaroni; the elbow mac "grew" substantially and was just too big compared to the size of the veggies. All in all it's a good recipe to adapt to your own taste.

Mary Jo

I was looking for a 'one dish' meal with a side and bread that I could make for the homeless shelter we serve. It was also wonderful that you suggested sides and that I could get a recipe for 144 people. I am now a lifetime fan of Allrecipes. You have made my job so much easier. In order to stay in budget, I can just look for dishes that contain the meat that is on sale that week.


Hobo stew is so wonderful because there are so many different ways to make really can't mess it up. A big pot of it feeds a bunch, and it's hearty and delicious. This recipe was great because it's the basics, and you can go from there. When I make Hobo stew, I literally clean my fridge adding in leftovers (like veggies, even mashed potatoes can be used as thickener, beans, and sauce (mustard, ketchup, salsa...whatever you have on hand!). I learned to make this as a Brownie girl scout at a camp-out and still make it from time to time as comfort food. You can make it in your crock-pot but be careful because depending on the noodle you use it will get soggy and turn into a thick broth if you simmer too long (still tastes good, but becomes thick). Anyways, I love this...and it is great for pot-lucks, camporees, and cold winter nights. Have fun with this awesome recipe!