Hobo Casserole (Oamc)

"One of our best and most inexpensive concoctions yet. Makes a great one dish meal. Just add a salad and you're ready to go. Makes 4 casseroles, and the extras can be frozen for later cooking."
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Ready In:
1hr 45mins
4 casseroles


  • 10 lbs potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 3 lbs ground beef
  • 6 -8 medium carrots, diced
  • 1 (10 ounce) bottle Worcestershire sauce (approx. 1 1/4 cups)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 head garlic, peeled and chopped fine
  • 3 (26 ounce) cans undiluted cream of mushroom soup
  • 4 cups milk
  • salt, to taste (I use approximately 1 tablespoon)
  • pepper, to taste (I use approximately 1 teaspoon)


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Spray 4 9x13-inch baking pans with non-stick cooking spray (such as Pam); set aside.
  • Combine ground beef, onion, and garlic in large skillet.
  • Cook over medium-high heat until ground beef is browned.
  • Drain.
  • Add Worcestershire sauce, cream of mushroom soup, and milk.
  • Stir until sauce is fairly smooth.
  • Boil potatoes until tender; drain. Add potatoes and carrots to sauce.
  • Divide mixture evenly between the 4 baking pans.
  • To bake: Cover baking pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove foil and bake an additional 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  • To freeze: Allow mixture to cool in baking pan.
  • Cover and label; Freeze.
  • To use frozen casserole: Allow casserole to thaw overnight in fridge.
  • Bake as directed above (may take an additional 15 minutes to bake if placed in the oven directly from fridge).
  • **I have to mix this recipe in thirds since I don't have a large enough skillet or bowl to mix it all at once**.

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  1. Tammy M.
    I froze and reheated this. My potatoes were a little smushy but the carrots were not done. If I make this again I would add some spices, maybe cumin. I used half a bottle of worcestershir sauce. I was really glad I used that tip from another reviewer.
  2. Radish4ever
    Pretty tasty! My family enjoyed this and it made a BUNCH, so I'm glad! LOL Thanks for the recipe! I may experiment with different types of meats, like ground turkey, next time! I also used "light" cream of mushroom and skim milk and it turned out well. Thanks!
  3. claire_99_ca
    My step-sister and I made this as one of our first OAMC recipes. We used only half the recommended worcestershire sauce and it turned out really well. Thanks Kzim4
  4. AzMama17
    I cut back a bit on the worcestire, and added a little cumin. My family liked it and I will make it again. Thanks!
  5. melissaamon
    My family and I loved this dish. It has so much flavor. I didn't use as much worcestershire sauce, probably about half, but it was still yummy. Next time I will had more ground beef, at least 5 pounds instead of 3. THANKS for the recipe.


With 5 kids and a hungry husband to feed, I'm always looking for good, budget friendly meals. We generally eat meals that use little meat (I try to use 1 lb or less per dinner, and none the rest of day), so that means lots of casseroles and meats with gravy. I enjoy baking, so bread recipes and desserts tend to get saved more frequently than others. I'm especially partial to chocolate and lemon (although not together).
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