Hearty Campfire Soup

You won’t believe what the secret ingredient is in this Hearty Campfire Soup! It’s canned pork and beans! That’s what gives this soup its delicious smokey-sweet flavour.

Hearty Campfire Soup

This soup puts a surprise twist on the classic winter warm-up comfort food – baked beans. It’s a quick one pot meal that is easily prepared in a large pot or Dutch oven. This is truly a comfort food!

The secret ingredient is canned pork and beans!

As much as I love to slow cook most of my soups and stews in a crock pot, not all cabins are equipped with crock pots, slow cookers or instant pots. Also, some off-grid cabins are without ranges or ovens, but almost all will have a cooktop and at least one large pot. That’s what is so great about this soup. It’s a simple meal that can even be cooked in a pot over a campfire!

If you’re a fan of hearty soups that eat like a meal, this Hearty Campfire Soup has enough protein, veggies and carbs to really fill you up!

So, whether you are living in a cabin or cottage full time or just staying in one for a vacation, choosing good nourishing food will give you the energy you need for cabin chores, or great outdoor adventures. It’s also the perfect meal for cooler fall afternoons, when you just want to curl up on the couch with a bowlful of comforting, hearty soup.

I love these “Fly North” dish towels. They remind me of the resident Canada geese that are seen on the Shuswap Lake out at our cabin in Seymour Arm, British Columbia.

This recipe has been featured in The Cabin Diary.

Hearty Campfire Soup

Linda KrenzLinda Krenz
You won't believe what the secret ingredient is in this Hearty Campfire Soup! It's canned pork and beans! That's what gives this soup its delicious smokey-sweet flavour.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course


  • 1 lb ground beef, browned
  • 1/2 lb diced bacon, browned
  • 6 cubed potatoes
  • 1 diced onion
  • 6 medium carrots
  • 28 ounce can pork and beans
  • 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • pepper and salt to taste


  • In large heavy pot or Dutch oven brown the ground beef and bacon.
  • Add vegetables to meat and cover all with water. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add beans and tomatoes, pepper and salt.
  • Cover and simmer for 1 hour or more. Add extra water if needed.
  • Serve with hot biscuits or buns.
Keyword Hearty Campfire Soup, Hearty Soup

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