HOBO STEW – 4 INGREDIENTS

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Hobo stew is a quick and easy recipe with only four ingredients that is wonderful for camping, tailgating or an easy meal at home. Hobo Stew

This recipe is so versatile.  You can use different meats and vegetables, add different seasonings and make it to suit your family.   Throw this together on a weeknight for a meal everyone will love.  Serve it with my recipe for Southern cornmeal hoecakes and you probably won’t have any left.  It keeps well in the fridge for several days and can be reheated on top of the stove or in the microwave.  My family loves this recipe with just the 4 original ingredients.  This is easy to make over a camp fire in an iron pot, too. Make this recipe your own by adding different ingredients.

Ingredients for Hobo Stew:

1 pound ground beef

1 cup chopped onion

1 (28 ounce) can Maple cured bacon baked beans, undrained (could use just about any kind of beans)

3 to 4 medium potatoes

Boil the potatoes covered in water, remove, peel and chop or slice.  I use red potatoes because they hold up well in a recipe.  In a skillet on top of the stove fry the hamburger and onion.  Drain the hamburger.  Combine ground beef, onion, beans, and cooked potatoes in a skillet, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.  Makes 6 to 8 servings.  Enjoy!

Optional ingredients:  1/3 cup ketchup or barbecue sauce, 2 to 3 tablespoons yellow mustard, you could use smoked sausage or pork sausage or even hot dogs instead of ground beef.  If you like spicy, you could add whatever spices you like, hot sauce or cayenne.

Hobo Stew

5 from 1 vote
Hobo Stew
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Hobo Stew is a great recipe and is only four ingredients.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Hobo Stew
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 28 ounce can Maple cured bacon baked beans, undrained (could use just about any kind of beans)
  • 3 to 4 medium potatoes
Instructions
  1. Boil the potatoes covered in water, remove, peel and chop or slice. I use red potatoes because they hold up well in a recipe.
  2. In a skillet on top of the stove fry the hamburger and onion. Drain the hamburger. Combine ground beef, onion, beans, and cooked potatoes in a skillet, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Optional ingredients: 1/3 cup ketchup or barbecue sauce, 2 to 3 tablespoons yellow mustard, you could use smoked sausage or pork sausage or even hot dogs instead of ground beef. If you like spicy, you could add whatever spices you like, hot sauce or cayenne.

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14 Comments

  1. Melissa Henson says:

    Made this. But i used 3 Russet potatoes with skin on. And added 1/3 cup of barbecue sauce. Was DELICIOUS5 stars

  2. Linda Riling says:

    Would like to know how much sodium is in the recipe. We have to watch our sodium intake. Thank -you

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  4. Carol Cripps. says:

    I’d add a carrot and a celery stalk, both diced, and saute them on their own for a bit so they’re tender. Or use frozen mixed vegetables for colour and flavour (and stretch the meat even more). The ketchup would be an absolute must, my mum always put it in hash, and it bumps up the beef flavour wonderfully. Thanks.

  5. I don’t have an onion on hand, could I use onion powder instead or would it not work as well?

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Sure, you can try it! Let me know how it works out 🙂

    • I know this is an older question but I figured I would answer you as well just in case someone else wonders the same thing. Now I haven’t made this yet or anything but I hardly ever have onions at home and I always use onion powder or dried onion in my recipes and it works fine!

  6. Debra Warren says:

    Would we add the mustard, ketchup and barbecue sauce with all the other ingredients?

  7. Made this tonight, used Bush’s baked beans & sausage. It was a hit ! The kids & hubby loved it! I’ll definitely be making it again. Thanks!!

    • The Southern Lady says:

      So glad this recipe was a success! Thank you so much for letting me know. Have a wonderful week.

  8. How long do you boil the potatoes for?

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