Boxcar Willie's Dinner

"What do you call a hooker's boy friend? - A ho beau!"
photo by Genianoe photo by Genianoe
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Ready In:
1hr 35mins




  • Layer the ingredients, in the order listed, in a lightly greased casserole dish.
  • Bake at 375°F for 75 minutes.

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  1. The ingredients made me try this recipe. I probably would have never put them all together this way. But, it was very good. Followed the recipe exactly. The only thing I will do differently next time is maybe add the green pepper halfway through the cooking time as mine came out mushier than I like. Other than that, a very tasty dinner - something different than your average "meat and potatoes" dinner.
  2. OMG ... this was so easy and I had all the ingredients on hand. The only thing I did differently was adding garlic powder to the top. I did cover it while it was cooking. My boys kept eating it until it was gone. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.
  3. This was really good! Easy and fast and inexpensive to make!! I browned the ground beef first. This was so good - I know I will make it again!
  4. This is delicious! What a simple, wonderful comforting meal this is. The best part is, it is easy enough to prepare that even a kitchen illiterate husband can (and did!) prepare this with excellence results. Thanks for sharing!
  5. 4 Stars, appropriate for restricted diets. This was tested by the picky eaters at my elderly mom's house, who said it was fine but they liked my Recipe #291713 better; they could handle more sodium than this (we grew up on cheese). At least "the picky one" didn't pitch a fit, so this has to be pretty good.


  1. As a kid we would add all the ingredients and a couple pats of margarine to a foil packet and cook on the hot coals of a campfire. Sometimes we'd substitute the ground beef with kielbasa or smoked sausage. We'd omit the worcestershire if we used the sausage. Grandpa called it "Hobo Dinner".I would suggest seasoning the ground beef with whatever seasonings you like or it may taste a little bland.
  2. Very easy and adaptable recipe, makes a good gravy with the meat. I shared this recipe with a coworker and she made it that night with her daughters. I have used green beans instead of green peppers and sometimes I have also have used a bit of onion powder.


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