The great thing about hamburger soup is that you can make it up almost any way you like and it will still be great tasting! When to start out with browned and drained ground beef, the rest of what goes into your Dutch oven is entirely up to you. Add only the specific vegetables that your family really like. You can use canned veggies or fresh ones, but the canned stuff works best if you want to get this soup done in a hurry. When you have hungry campers sitting around the campfire watching the pot, the sooner it gets done the better!
The list of vegetable ingredients below are the most recommended, but you can add to them or take some out if you like. Only adjust the vegetables to your liking because the rest of the ingredients need to go in. If you like pasta too, you can add a cup of any kind you like to make this soup go further and stick to the ribs even more! This will feed about 6 people. This is one of the easiest Dutch oven recipes (<-link to more dutch oven feast) you can make. Although this recipe works best in a Dutch oven, it will also cook up fine in any other big camping pots you might have on hand.
2 lbs of browned ground beef – drained
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 can of tomato sauce
1 can of sliced potatoes
1 can of sliced carrots
1 can of green beans
1 can of corn
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 pkg brown gravy mix
S&P to taste
You can brown your ground beef in a separate skillet of use your dutch oven to do it over a fire or on your camp stove. Once it is well cooked, drain off almost all of the grease. A little left in doesn’t hurt anything, it just adds a little more flavor, but also calories.
Next open up all of your canned vegetables and add them, water and all, to the pot. Stir in the tomato sauce, the mushroom soup, the pkg of gravy mix, and as much salt and pepper as you like, just don’t add too much. You can add a cup of pasta if you like, just add two cups of water if you do. Stir everything well and get it cooking.
If you choose to cook this soup on a tripod over a fire, cooking time will depend on how big your fire is. A cooking tripod is one piece of camping equipment you don’t want to leave out. Cooking time can be in as little as 30 minutes since all of the ingredients are already cooked. On your camp stove, you can cook on low to med heat for about 45 minutes. It is edible as soon as all of the vegetables are heated through, but if you want it to be more flavorful and the soup a little thicker, cook it slower and longer!