Hobo Goulash

Break out your Dutch oven or fire up the RV stove because this hobo goulash is going to delight your taste buds! Not only is this recipe delicious, it’s hardy enough to refuel your hungry campers after a great day of adventure! You can do this with one pot, but two may be easier. You will also need to ensure that you have varying levels of heat in your campfire, so try to stoke your fire so you have some warm coals in one area and more intense heat in another area.

What You’ll Need


Dutch oven or large skillet (cast iron if cooking on a campfire) with a lid
Smaller pot (optional)
Cutting board (unless you pre-chop the veggies at home)
Can opener


2 lbs. ground beef
4 C. of elbow macaroni (or similar pasta)
1 C. chopped green pepper
2 cans diced Rotel tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
1 can crushed tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
1 can whole kernel sweet corn
2 C. shredded cheese
1 Tbsp. McCormick Montreal steak seasoning
1 ½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper


Prepare the Macaroni

Fill the smaller pot (if using two) with water and bring it to a boil. Cook the macaroni according to the package directions, but stop it just before it’s done. If using a second pot, start the next step as you begin to heat the water. Otherwise set the pasta aside once it’s done and start the next step.

The Base

Add the ground beef and steak seasonings to the large skillet or Dutch oven and brown it. Drain the grease and return it to the pan. Add the cooked pasta, onion, green pepper, cans of Rotel, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, corn, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce the heat (or move the pan to a cooler spot if on the campfire) and simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. The longer it simmers the thicker it will be and the stronger the flavors will be, but the longer it sits the mushier the pasta will get, so watch it closely. If you like it really thick, you can always toss the pasta in uncooked. Once it is thick enough, add the cheese to the top and heat until melted. Now watch as your hungry campers devour this dish! Saltine crackers or bread are both great to serve with this dish, but it’s also great just on its own! Enjoy!