My Mother’s Hobo Beef Stew Recipe

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Hobo stew is one of my favorite meals during this time of the year. With all the hustle and bustle around here, trying to get everything done before the cold winter hits, this recipe is simple, quick, and can be thrown in the crockpot to simmer for hours while your busy doing something else. If you don’t have a crockpot, you can throw everything into a big pot and let it simmer for about an hour. You can use hamburger meat and/or beef cubes.

Beef Cubes– sauté beef cubes in a little butter or spray a pan with cooking spray until golden brown and the meat has soaked up its own juice.

Ground Hamburger– crumble hamburger meat up in pan and cook until done. Drain off grease.

*Whichever meat you desire in your hobo beef stew its important to cook the meat prior to adding in the vegetables. Set aside the meat.


As for the vegetables, the fun part is deciding which vegetable you would like to use in your stew. My mother was fond of celery, onions, potatoes, carrots, and cabbage, so therefore, she would always boil them until they were tender. Not too done, because she didn’t want them to fall apart while simmering.

In the same pot of undrained vegetables she would then simply put in canned peas, green beans, and corn. The most important canned item was diced tomatoes or stewed tomatoes, whichever you prefer. The tomatoes really give it the flavor!

Once everything is simmering, add in the meat and season to your liking! Allow everything to simmer together for about an hour or leave in the crockpot on low until your ready to enjoy!

This recipe goes really well with some cornbread, or crackers. Any left overs can be reheated and most likely taste better the next day due to the tomatoes.

If your not fond of tomatoes, then add some beef broth or canned golden mushroom soup. Just some suggestions.

I hope you enjoy this recipe!

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4 thoughts on “My Mother’s Hobo Beef Stew Recipe

    1. I do the same when I make roast. It was just brought to my attention that some people don’t know how to make it, my youngest daughter being one of them 😉. Thank you for commenting ❤️

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