Campfire Stew Recipe

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Eva Knight's speedy single-pan meal revives comforting memories from her childhood. "The recipe goes back many years to my days at Girl Scout camp," comments the Nashua, New Hampshire cook. "It's so fun and flavorful it became an instant hit with my family."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (15 ounces) mixed vegetables, drained
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed vegetable beef soup, undiluted
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 353 calories, 15 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 78 mg cholesterol, 1428 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 29 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Campfire Stew in Quick Cooking May/June 1998, p14

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Reviewed Jul. 4, 2013

"Yes, yes! I've been searching for this recipe for years, and remember adding the corn AND the detergent outside of the pot for an easy clean-up. Don't know why it isn't included in our original GS books. Can't wait to recreate it! Tx!!!!"

Reviewed Feb. 6, 2011

"The OUTSIDE of the pan!"

Reviewed Feb. 6, 2011

"I remember making it in LARGE quantities for a Girl Scout Troop. WE used 2 cans of tomato soup and canned corn for the vegetables. Remember coating the cooking pot with dishwasher detergent so that the fire would not scorch the pan and it would clean easily?"

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