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Camping Stew

Updated on December 9, 2014

My Kind of Cooking ~ Fun, Easy, & Delicious!

When our family goes camping every year, we like to create a few favorite meals that are extra special over a campfire! One of the ones that is the easiest and most economical for our trips is what we call stew packets. This recipe, also know as camp stew and hobo stew, takes only a few ingredients which are very flexible to change to your preferences. Below you will find some pictures from one of our trips along with some easy directions. I hope you enjoy making and eating this stew as much as we do. :-D Happy Cooking!!

Campfire Photo thanks to BirdLady4456.

Vegetables are important to any meal, but are essential to stews. Cooking vegetables this way makes them soft, tender, juicy, and hot throughout every chunk. After washing the veggies, I cut up one medium sized potato, 1/2 cup of carrots, and 1/4 cup of onions per person. Other vegetable options include mushrooms, beans, corn, zucchini, squash, peppers, celery, and sweet potatoes.

Photos taken by me, JoyfulPamela, during one of our camping trips!

For this meal, we used ground beef, but other tasty meats to use could be turkey, chicken, beef, fish, and lamb. Any kind that you like will work, the idea is to keep it simple and inexpensive!

Cut up the meat into bite-sized cubes or stripes for better cooking. Plan for about 1/4 pounds of meat per person. Of course, if your prefer to eat a vegetarian meal as I sometimes do, just eliminate this step. Salt and pepper are the only spices I take with me camping, but I find that along with the vegetable juices and smoky taste, that is all we need to make it delicious!

Have two 1 x 2 feet pieces of heavy duty aluminum foil cut for each person. You may apply non-stick spray or a thin coat of butter on the inner foil if you want to help prevent sticking later. Since each of my children like to make up their own packet, I set the ingredients up in piles (assembly line style) where they can put in what and how much of each item they like.

After they are done filling their packets, carefully wrap them tightly in the foil. Check that there are no loose sections. - We do it twice so that all of the food is secure : ) because it's sad when a packet opens and spills into the fire. :(

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There are many ways to cook your meal over the fire, but my hubby likes to bury the stew packets under hot coals. Although we didn't have many coals the day I took this picture, it was very hot and only took about 15 - 20 minutes to cook the meat and soften the vegetables. I've seen many people set them right on top of the fire or on a grill above the flames. We usually test one packet to see if the meat is cooked thoroughly before taking them all out.

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Make a "Hobo Stove" - One way to cook your stew! : )

Carefully remove your dinner with long tongs or other object in which you will not get burned. Please be careful at the fire / coals and at touching the stew packets. They will be very hot! : )

The smell is amazing!

Making Camp "Hobo" Stew - A Slightly Different Version

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    • Kailua-KonaGirl profile image


      8 years ago from New York

      We called stew made over a campfire in a pot with hamburger hobo stew. Our foil-packed stew we made with beef chuck and cooked in the fire embers. No matter what you call it or how you make it, it is always delish when you are camping!

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      Wedding Mom 

      9 years ago

      We always called it Hobo Stew and I LOVE it, love camping too!

    • Mayapearl profile image


      9 years ago

      Love camping and your stew seems delicious!

    • Lady Lorelei profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      9 years ago from Canada

      I think just veggies for me :)

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @blessedmomto7: I'm happy the stew worked out for you! I've added your lens above ... HEY ... are you suggesting that I am a geeky Squid? OK, I am, but ... ~ Glad I'm having a geeky influence on you, friend! : D

    • blessedmomto7 profile image


      10 years ago

      Hey, I successfully made camping stew and I successfully linked this lens to my "take your kids tent camping" lens under the cooking part. I'm getting geekier!

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      10 years ago

      Really enjoyed your lens, lots of good information hear. Well done!

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @blessedmomto7: I hope the kids enjoy it! Have fun on your trip. : )

    • blessedmomto7 profile image


      10 years ago

      Great lens! We are going camping in 2 weeks and I will add this to our dinner list. Easy peasy and yummy!


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