Jimmy's Mulligan Stew

Diane Hopson Smith


Mulligan stew is an improvised dish said to have been prepared by American hobos in camps in the early 1900s.

"Mulligan" is a stand-in for any Irishman, and mulligan stew is simply an Irish stew that includes meat, potatoes, vegetables, and whatever else can be begged, scavenged, found or stolen.

Only a pot and a fire are required. The hobo who put it together was known as the "mulligan mixer".

Today I'm the "mulligan mixer" with Jimmy instructing. This is his stew and one of my favorite meals.

I'm certain hobo's used all fresh veggies, so add fresh vegetables whenever possible.

★★★★★ 3 votes
10 Min
1 Hr 30 Min
Stove Top


1 to 2 lb
beef stew meat (other meats such as ground beef, chicken, or pork may be used)
1 medium
onion, chopped
2 can(s)
(14.5 ounce each) petite diced tomatoes
1 can(s)
(15.25 ounce) whole kernel corn, drained
celery stalk, diced
1 large
carrot, sliced
2 to 3 medium
potatoes, cubed
1 or 2 dash(es)
hot sauce
salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Jimmy's Mulligan Stew


  • 1Over a medium heat; brown stew meat in olive oil in dutch oven; add chopped onion. Continue cooking until onions are tender. NOTE: Jimmy uses bacon grease in place of olive oil to brown the meat. I missed that step when I started browning the meat.
  • 2Add tomatoes,corn celery and carrots. Bring to a slow boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 1 hour or until beef is tender.
  • 3In the last 15 to 20 minutes; add potatoes. Increase heat to medium and cook until potatoes are tender. NOTE: If needed, add additional water to just cover the potatoes.

    Season with salt, pepper and hot sauce to your taste.

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About Jimmy's Mulligan Stew

Course/Dish: Beef Soups
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Healthy