Hobo Dinner

I make this real meal deal about once a month at my house.  It’s one of those budget friendly, easy to make, easy to clean up meals that I am very fond of and is quickly becoming mandatory around here.  I mean it is seriously E-A-S-Y!  As always in my at home world, I shoot for foods that are versatile, flavorful and nutritious with a decent balance of proteins, carbs and veggies, which this one is.  Plus my guy loves it (so do kids and they can help make it) so that is a huge bonus.  This one is all that and a bag of chips! Ok, so chips are optional but that’s beside the point.

I hope you like it as much as we do and will drop back in here or at the At Home Woman community on Facebook with a comment to let me know what you think about this easy foil wrapped yum.  Ohhh…..Did I mention it is easy? *wink*



HOBO DINNER (makes 4-8 servings)

*Note: You can adjust the amount or # of veggies to serve more or less people. Rule of thumb is 3 – 4 oz of protein source, 1/4 – 1/2 cups of each veggie, 1 small ear of corn per person.


1 lb. ground beef, pork, turkey or chicken (May also use meat chunks, sausage or cooked beans as the  source)

3-4 medium sized potatoes (peeled and cubed)

2 cups carrots (sliced or cubed)

1 large onion (chopped)

1 can (15-16 oz) green beans

1/2 cup of water or liquid broth/stock

Salt and pepper to taste

Herbs to taste if desired

Optional add ins or variations:  2 cups – cauliflower, broccoli florets, asparagus spears, leafy greens such as spinach or kale, radish slices, olives, tomatoes (fresh or canned), bell peppers, squash, cooked beans (kidney, pinto, black), 4 – 8 small (about 3″) ears of corn, any other veggie you may like


Ground Beef & Onion Layers - in foil lined baking dish

Ground Beef & Onion Layers – in foil lined baking dish


Line a 9″ x 13″ baking dish with heavy duty aluminum foil.  Begin layering ingredients in this lined pan, beginning with meat followed by a sprinkling of onions, then the veggies.


I like to sprinkle a handful of the onions between each layer and salt each layer as well.  You can put any herbs you may want to use within the layers too.


Layers 3 & 4 - Carrots and Green Beans

Layers 3 & 4 – Carrots and Green Beans

Once you have all your ingredients in the pan, add your water or broth/stock to help with moisture and flavor. Cover the filled pan tightly with aluminum foil.  

Hobo Dinner - Ready to cover and go into the oven.

Hobo Dinner – Ready to cover and go into the oven.

Bake in a preheated 400 degrees oven until potatoes and carrots are tender and meat is done all the way through. 

Serve with a crusty bread, rolls or cornbread if you like. 


Note:  You can also make individual serving pouches, putting enough of each ingredient in a sheet of aluminum foil and wrapping it into a “pouch pocket” with a couple of cubes of ice in each one as the moisture to help it steam in the pouch.  Also makes a good campfire or grill cooked meal. 

Whallah! Supper is on the table and it didn’t take too much work.  Bon A’Petit y’all!

Enjoy your at home world!




About Ginger Moore

I'm a fun-loving Christian wife and homeschooling mom, the founder, CEO and owner of Neos Creations Skin Care, and the founder of At Home Woman, a community and ministry for women. I love what I do and I do what I love. Although passionate about many things, my greatest passions are my roles as a christian, a wife, a mother and an independent small business owner. You will get to know me as I unfold before you on these pages. Since I'm often told that I'm a talker, I do hope that comes out through my fingertips as I write about my industry on the Neos Creations blog and reveal myself, my life and the world as I see it on the At Home Woman blog.

Posted on August 19, 2013, in At Home Recipes, The Real Meal Deal, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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