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Slow Cooker Hobo Stew * *

Slow Cooker Ground Beef HoBo Stew

  • Cooking Time:

    4 — 6 hours on Low
  • Servings:



1 T. oil
1 c. onion, chopped
1/2 c. pep­pers, mixed sweet and hot, chopped
1/2 c. cel­ery
1 T. gar­lic, minced
1 1/2 lb. ground beef
2 T. all pur­pose flour
1 1/2 c. broth, beef
34.5 oz. toma­to juice (3 cans) or orig­i­nal or spicy V-8
14.5 oz. Rotel toma­toes, diced
2 pota­toes, large, peeled and diced
2 c. car­rots, fresh, diced, (about 2 large)
2 c. corn
2 c. cut green beans
Dash of Worces­ter­shire sauce
Cou­ple dash­es of hot sauce, or to your lik­ing
1/4 tsp. Cajun sea­son­ing, option­al
1 tsp. kosher salt, or to taste
1/4 tsp. black pep­per, or to taste

Great alter­na­tives to HoBo Stew is you can make it with any kind of meat; veni­son, stew meat, sausage, chick­en, and etc. Same thing with veg­gies… any veg­etable that pleas­es your fam­i­ly! So GOOD and it has a lit­tle kick! YUM!

  1. Heat oil over medi­um high heat in a large pot.
  2. Cook and stir onions, pep­pers and cel­ery until soft­ened, about 4 min­utes.
  3. Next add ground beef and gar­lic, cook meat until browned and cooked through. Drain off excess fat.
  4. Scant meat with flour and cook and stir for an addi­tion­al 3 min­utes.
  5. Trans­fer to a 6 quart slow cook­er
  6. Com­bine the beef stock, V-8 juice and diced toma­toes, stir­ring in the pota­toes, car­rots, corn and green beans. Add Worces­ter­shire, hot sauce and sea­son­ings to taste. Stir.
  7. Cov­er. Cook on Low 4 — 6 hours or until the veg­eta­bles are ten­der.
  8. Taste and adjust sea­son­ings as need­ed.

Hobo stew can be served as is, or spooned over rice or mashed pota­toes. Serve with hot rolls, corn­bread, or bis­cuits. Din­ner is ready!

NOTE: Take into con­sid­er­a­tion hot pep­pers and oth­er spicy sea­son­ings if you use a spicy V-8. May also sub­sti­tute a can of Rotel toma­toes for the diced, if desired.

Vari­a­tion: To con­vert to a Hobo Soup, increase the beef stock/broth to about 4 cups or to desired con­sis­ten­cy.

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Slow Cooker Ground Beef Stew

Jenn Bare is a Mom, Chef & the Crock-Pot® Girl. She hosts a weekly "Mom Monday" segment on ABC-15 in Phoenix. Jenn is the founder of GetCrocked, the #1 resource for slow cooking with over 1.5 million online followers. She innovates recipes daily with her favorite tool in the kitchen, the Crock-Pot® slow cooker.

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If I use stew meat in this recipe do I need to cook it before I add it to the crock­pot?


Is real­ly good if you sub toma­to soup for v8 and use cream corn, adds a sweet savory fla­vor rather than tangy or spicy


I won­der if you can take out the toma­to juice.

hate the stuff


If I use chick­en how long do I cook it for?


Do you drain the cans of veg­etable?


Do you drain the cans of veg­eta­bles?

Meet Jenn Bare

Jenn is the founder of Get­Crocked, the #1 resource for slow cook­ing with over 1.5 mil­lion online fol­low­ers. She inno­vates recipes dai­ly with her favorite tool in the kitchen, the Crock-Pot® slow cook­er.

She innovates recipes daily…

Jenn Bare is a Mom, Chef & the Crock-Pot® Girl. She hosts a week­ly “Mom Mon­day” seg­ment on ABC-15 in Phoenix.

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