There are probability as many variations of this stew as their are mothers and cans of vegetables. I even seem to remember this being served in the lunch Cafeteria. That was the days before the frozen food entrees and they had those wonderful yeast rolls.
The reason I support they call this hobo stew is because you can make it from canned food so it is highly portable. For that same reason it is a popular camping meal when you usually have only one or two pans.
This is just a very simple quick meal that is very inexpensive. I just used items I had on had to make a quick meal. The canned tomato juice was homemade so I used it but most people use tomato soup. If you use tomato soup and add very little water you can make foil packets to cook ovet the campfire or on a grill.
I started with 1/2 pound of ground beef to cut back on the amount of beef but you can use a pound. I browned the ground beef in a pan with around 1 tablespoon of oil After the meat is brown add what you like. The picture on top has the following ingredients:
1 pound mixed frozen vegetables (carrot, broccoli & cauliflower)
1/4 cup chopped celery
1 can potatoes, diced
1 quart of tomato juice
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste.
So if you need a quick inexpensive meal for a family.