Hobo Beef and Vegetable Soup

Hobo Beef and Vegetable Soup

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"My grandma called this soup Hobo Soup. She said it was something they made way back when, out of whatever they had available in their garden and shelves. It is a large dish (they were a family of 10), so have a big pot or slow cooker! I have halved it and honed it a little since most of us use a grocery now and don't have 8 kids."


6 h 15 m servings 362 cals
Serving size has been adjusted!

Original recipe yields 6 servings



  • Calories:
  • 362 kcal
  • 18%
  • Fat:
  • 10.8 g
  • 17%
  • Carbs:
  • 45.6g
  • 15%
  • Protein:
  • 23.7 g
  • 47%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 50 mg
  • 17%
  • Sodium:
  • 1182 mg
  • 47%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Stir the beef broth, carrots, celery, parsley, celery seed, and bay leaves into a slow cooker set on High, cover, and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 2 hours.
  2. Place the ground beef, onion, and garlic into a skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently to break the beef into small pieces, until the onion is translucent and the beef is browned and no longer shows pink areas, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain off fat, and stir the stewed tomatoes into the beef mixture. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and cook, stirring frequently, until the tomatoes are broken up into small pieces.
  3. Stir the potatoes, corn, green beans, and peas into the soup in the slow cooker, and add the beef mixture. Stir everything together, cover, and set the slow cooker on High. Cook for 4 hours.


  • Cook's Note
  • The soup should not need any more liquid added, but if the veggies and meat can't be submerged in the broth, add more broth -- or if you prefer, a little tomato juice or tomato-vegetable juice cocktail.
  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.
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  1. 50 Ratings


This is a great recipe but instead of using canned peas, beans and corn I used frozen and added a few handfuls of barley to round out the nutrition. Thanks for sharing!

This is exactly like the Autumn Soup I have made for years in the Fall. It doesn't seem like it would be tasty but it is wonderful with crusty bread. I have brought this to work and everyone w...

Hobo Beef & Vegetable Soup: "I'd give this a 2. But my family ate a TON. To me, it lacked 'oomph.'" Watching my husband and daughter gleefully devour their bowls made me nudge my rating up a sta...

Delish! I changed a few things this time I made it. I used plum tomatoes that I smashed w/ about 8 ozs of tomato sauce instead of the canned tomatoes. Added two extra potatoes and about 3 cups ...

I can't give 5 stars because I did make some changes. I used stew meat, celery salt instead of seed, a bag of frozen mixed vegetables instead of canned and a 15 oz can of tomato sauce because w...

This is a great soup and I've made it several times. One time I was in a hurry and put the ground beef in the crock pot raw and it cooked up fine. Another time I used frozen mixed vegetables ins...

This was very satisfying after a full day of yardwork. I only had a 32 oz carton of beef broth so I skipped the potatoes since I thought they might soak up too much liquid. I followed the advice...

Yummy. My crock pot filled up before I could add the beans and peas, which was okay, because I didn't have them anyway. I was planning to add frozen mixed veggies in their place, but the soup wa...

I didn't read ahead and didn't realize this was a slow cooker recipe - I made it on the stove top - simmered with canned carrots rather than fresh and 1 can of sliced potatoes - added Tony Chace...