Hobo stew commonly includes ground beef or beef cubes, a variety of vegetables and a starch, such as macaroni noodles or potatoes. The dish can be prepared over a campfire or in the kitchen, and a large Dutch oven works best for cooking.
A simple recipe for hobo stew begins with browning 1 pound of ground beef in the Dutch oven and draining. Add 2 cans of mixed vegetables, 1 can of whole, peeled tomatoes, 3 cups of uncooked elbow macaroni noodles, 1 cup of water and salt and pepper to taste. Cook the stew, covered, over a campfire or on the stove until the noodles are tender and the sauce has thickened.
A more involved recipe for hobo stew calls for cooking 1 diced onion, 4 diced carrots and 2 stalks of celery, diced, in 1/4 cup of olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Once the onions are translucent, add 1 pound of ground beef and cook until the beef is no longer pink. Stir in 2 tablespoons of tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes. Add 4 minced cloves of garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
Stir in 1/4 cup of flour and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add 2 undrained cans of diced tomatoes, 2 cans of vegetable broth, 4 cups of beef broth, 2 drained cans each of green beans, black-eyed peas and hominy, 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce, 2 bay leaves and 4 large russet potatoes that have been peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces. Bring the stew to a boil, then cover and reduce the heat to a simmer until the potatoes are done. Remove the bay leaves and stir in salt and pepper to taste with 1 tablespoon dried oregano, then serve.