Hobo Stew is a hearty soup, made with budget friendly ingredients, that is versatile and feeds a crowd!
If you’d rather skip my essential cooking tips and tricks and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.
Often called Hobo Soup, it’s an incredibly versatile soup/stew recipe that you can make at home, over a campfire, or in a slow cooker.
Think of your favorite vegetable soup but with a little meat to make it even heartier!
It’s great because you can switch up any of the ingredients to customize it to your family’s liking!
WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS RECIPE:
- uses pantry ingredients
- budget friendly
- easy to make
- great freezer meal
- feeds a crowd
- stove top or slow cooker!
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HOBO STEW INGREDIENTS
- ground beef
- bell pepper
- mixed vegetables
- onion soup mix
- tomato juice
- ranch beans
Ground Beef – Use a lean ground beef (93/7 is best). You can also use ground turkey or ground lamb.
Onion – A medium sized sweet onion is best.
Bell Pepper – A red bell pepper is sweet and add some color but you can use your favorite or leave it out all together.
Mixed Vegetables – I like to use frozen mixed vegetables that consists of peas, carrots, corn, and cut green beans.
Onion Soup Mix – This is great for flavor and helps to thicken the hobo stew a little bit. You can substitute other seasonings for this.
Potatoes – I like to use Russet potatoes. Just be sure to peel and dice them small so they will cook fast and evenly.
Broth – You can use beef broth or beef stock. You can use chicken stock or even water and beef bouillon in a pinch.
Tomato Juice – Choose a low sodium version or you can go with V8 juice. Try the spicy one for more of a kick!
Ranch Beans – I like the seasonings in the ranch beans but you can substitute your favorite bean or leave them out all together.
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HOW TO MAKE HOBO STEW
ONE: In a large dutch oven or large pot, cook the ground beef and onion in the olive oil over medium high heat. Cook until the beef is no longer pink. Drain if desired and return the beef mixture to the pot.
TWO: Add in the bell pepper, garlic, soup mix, beans, green beans, potatoes, carrots, and corn. Add in remaining ingredients. Stir to mix.
THREE: Add in the broth and tomato juice. Bring to a boil stirring occasionally, and reduce heat to a simmer.
FOUR: Cover and simmer on low for 20 – 30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm with crusty bread!
For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.
CAN I FREEZE IT?
This Hobo Stew freezes beautifully! It’s a good thing because it makes quite a few servings so it’s great for saving leftovers for later.
CAN I MAKE IT IN A SLOW COOKER OR CROCK POT?
Yes, you can! Brown the ground beef and then add it and the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker or crock pot. Cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours.
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TIPS FOR NO LEFTOVERS
- Add in your favorite vegetables to make this hobo stew your own!
- Instead of onion soup mix, substitute your own seasoning mix. I like to use creole or steak seasoning.
- Substitute the ranch beans for baked beans or kidney beans.
- Don’t like one of the vegetables? Leave it out and double up on another one.
- You can substitute the tomato juice for V-8 or spicy V-8 juice.
- Spice it up with dashes of hot sauce or a can of chopped green chilies.
- Want more tomato flavor? Add in a can of drained diced tomatoes.
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This Hobo Soup Recipe is easy to make, budget friendly with ground beef and frozen veggies, feeds a crowd, and is a great freezer meal!
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