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Hobo Hot Dish – Friday Favorite

I am a huge fan of comfort food. Food that brings back memories of great times. This last week I made a meal that brought back a lot of memories from my childhood, Hobo Hotdish.

Hobo Hotdish is a meal that my great-grandparents would make every time the family got together. We would have it on random Sundays when we got together after church, or on holidays when we would gather to celebrate. It is a simple, cheap meal that would feed a crowd.

We were all so young here, and Baby Girl wasn’t even born yet!

I have a family cookbook, one were we have put together all the family recipes so that we will always have a way to make some of our favorite foods. It was in this cookbook that I pulled out the recipe for Hobo Hotdish. I made a few alterations to the meal, using what I have learned through cooking and what I had in the house, but the main recipe is still the same.

Hobo Hotdish


2lbs. ground beef (I browned and drained mine first)

1 tsp. salt

½ tsp. pepper

½ cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped celery

3 cups sliced carrots

3 cups sliced raw potatoes

2 cans cream of chicken soup

1 can water



Grease the bottom of a casserole dish (I used a 9×13 pan). Crumble the ground beef on the bottom of the dish. Add the salt and pepper. Layer the vegetables in the dish. Combine the soup and water in a small bowl and mix well. Pour over the casserole. Bake, covered, at 350 degrees for 1 to 2 hours.

This made enough food to feed our family of six a full meal with very little leftovers. If it was made as a potluck meal, I could see it going further. It gave us our meat and veggies in one dish without the need for added sides. And everyone was full!

What is one of your favorite comfort foods that you can remember from growing up?

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18 thoughts on “Hobo Hot Dish – Friday Favorite

  1. One of my favorites was always my Mamaw’s vegetable beef noodle soup! ❤️

    1. Beef noodle soup sounds delicious! I need to find a recipe for that.

  2. This is a great idea! I have a large family of 9 and I plan to try this recipe for supper tonight. Thank you for sharing this!

    1. Amy, how did this work for your family? Did they love it as much as we do?

      1. Well, a few would not try it because it is “new”, but the ones who did try it really liked it and I may have to make 2 pans next time! I really liked it myself and it was very easy to make.

        1. I was wondering about the amount. I know when we had it at family gatherings, there were many other things to go with it. I am glad you liked it!

  3. That looks similar to a dish my mom used to make for Saturday evenings. 🙂 My favorite comfort foods were dishes my Grandma made – the best was vereniki (aka pierogies) with farmer sausage. Yummmm!!

    1. I am scared to attempt Grandma and Grandpa’s pierogies! I know I won’t make them anywhere near as good as they did!

  4. Handed down family recipes are the best!

    1. They really are!

  5. this looks like one that would please my hubby and be a good go to for work for him.

    1. I was just going to mention this to you on the forum! Glad you found it! I hope he likes it and it works for reheating (I know we loved the leftovers the next day…when we get some!)

      1. i messaged him and he says “let’s try it” so woot woot! Thawing beef for tomorrow. Can try to bean soup and the hobo. 🙂

        1. my boys thoroughly enjoyed it tonight, hubby will give his verdict tomorrow. 🙂

          1. I look forward to hearing his verdict!

  6. I love the idea of creating a family cookbook! Might need to hop on that with our family.

    1. We have a large family reunion every three years. Great-grandma had 11 brothers and sisters and about that many half-siblings, so there are a lot of us! But it is so nice to have all the family recipes in one book!

  7. I love that you have a family cookbook!! This makes me really think about doing something like this with my daughter. She loves to watch and help in the kitchen and what a lovely family memento.

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