Rating: 4.13 stars
23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0

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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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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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Nutrition Facts

391 calories; protein 22g; carbohydrates 52g; fat 10.1g; cholesterol 46mg; sodium 654.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (19)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
11/11/2008
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. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/07/2009
Definitely needed more liquid and some spicing up but it's a good basic recipe that you can tweak and make your own. Read More
(4)
23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
11/11/2008
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. Read More
(47)
Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2007
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/22/2007
Hobo stew is so wonderful because there are so many different ways to make it...you 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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2007
Our family LOVES hobo stew but to add to the heartiness and flavor I use 3 cans (10 3/4 oz) condensed minestrone soup undiluted 2 cans ranch style beans undrained and a can of diced tomatoes and green chilies undrained. I don't bother adding mixed vegetables or the macaroni. I just brown about a pound and half of hamburger and a diced medium onion and throw it all in the crockpot on low for about 6 hours. So good and easy and really great with cornbread. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2007
I CUT DOWN ON ONE CAN OF MIXED VEGIES AND TO 2 CUPS MAC. COOKED THE MAC SEPARATELY (CAUSE I DON'T LIKE THE STARCHY TASTE) WHILE THE REST I LET SIT TOGETHER THEN MIXED TOGETHER. ALL ON THE STOVE. EVERYBODY LOVED IT. WE DID THIS IN THE CORP AND WHILE I WAS SCOUTMASTER BOTH PLACES EVERYBODY LOVED IT. Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
07/30/2008
I changed the recipe when camping. Bring 3 things for HoBo Stew. 1lb Ground beef 1 can Minnestrone Soup 1 can rotel. Through it all together best camping food. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2009
I have made hobo stew before and loved it. when I learned to make it we would call it poor mans stew. it is a quick and economical meal. but still very filling. I would add a few more spices like italian seasoning. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/05/2006
Pretty good. I don't think I would make it at home but for camping it was pretty tasty. I would definitely add more flavorful veggies and some spices. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/07/2009
Definitely needed more liquid and some spicing up but it's a good basic recipe that you can tweak and make your own. Read More
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