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Easy Texas Cowboy Stew Recipe

Are you ready for some down-home cowboy-style comfort food? Saddle up and grab your stew pots and let’s make Texas Cowboy Stew!


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We love hearty comfort food and this Texas-Style Cowboy Stew is is stick-to-your-ribs-delicious!

Warm, aromatic spices, smoky sausage, ground beef and bacon in a savory broth filled with beans and veggies. Rich in flavor and sooooo tasty!

Top it with some sour cream and grated cheddar and serve it up with side of cornbread casserole or my cheesy beer bread.

Texas-style cowboy stew in white bowl with spoon.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Hearty Comfort Food: This hearty stew is the definition of comfort food, packed with tender beef, savory spices, and a rich, flavorful broth that’ll warm you up from the inside out.
  • Cowboy Spirit: Experience a taste of the Wild West with a recipe inspired by the legendary cowboys who roamed the Texan plains. It’s a delicious nod to the spirit of adventure.
  • Easy Prep: You don’t need to be a culinary whiz to whip up this dish. It’s straightforward, and I’ve included step-by-step instructions to make it a breeze for anyone and the perfect meal on a busy day.
  • Customizable: Feel free to make it your own by adding your favorite veggies, beans, or even adjusting the spice level to suit your taste. It’s versatile and accommodating.
  • Leftovers Galore: This stew gets even better with time, so don’t hesitate to make a big batch. Enjoy it today, and savor it for days to come – it’s a meal that tastes equally delicious the next day!
Cowboy stew, served in a white bowl and stacked on top of two other bowls.

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Ingredients for Texas-Style Cowboy Stew

This recipe uses simple ingredients that you should easily find in the grocery store. I’ve listed them below along with some ideas for substitutions should you need them.

You can also find a full printable recipe card at the bottom of this page.

Labelled ingredients for texas cowboy stew recipe.
  • ground beef – use whatever you normally would buy for ground beef. I like to use lean ground beef since there is less fat content and less fat to drain off after cooking. You can also substitute ground turkey or ground chicken.
  • onion – you can use yellow cooking onions, white onions or sweet onions in this recipe.
  • garlic cloves, minced – fresh garlic is best, or you could also substitute 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder.
  • skinless smoked sausage, sliced – you can use Eckrich Skinless Smoked sausage, or you can use your own favorite brand. You could also use hot dogs in a pinch!
  • cooked bacon, crumbled – I prefer to cook bacon myself, but feel free to purchase store-bought cooked and crumbled bacon.
  • potatoes, peeled and diced – you can use any type of potatoes(Yukon gold, russet potatoes) and you could substitute them with sweet potatoes, butternut squash or turnip as well!
  • kidney beans – you can also substitute pinto beans, navy beans or cannellini beans.
  • black beans, drained and rinsed
  • whole corn kernels, drained – if you’re not a fan or corn, you can omit it or substitute with frozen mixed vegetables.
  • diced canned tomatoes – instead of canned tomatoes, you could substitute a can of Rotel tomatoes.
  • beef broth – swap the beef broth for chicken broth or vegetable both, if you prefer.
  • chili powder
  • cumin
  • smoked paprika – you can also use regular paprika.
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • cheddar cheese, optional
  • sour cream – optional for topping

Can I use a different type of sausage?

You sure can! You can use other types of sausages, such as chorizo, kielbasa sausage or Italian sausage in this old-fashioned cowboy stew. Choose the variety of sausage that matches your flavor preferences.

How to make this easy cowboy stew

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Ground beef, onions and garlic in Dutch oven.

STEP ONE – Cook the ground beef with onion and minced garlic in a large pot or large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until browned and no longer pink inside.

Sausage and bacon is added to the ground beef and onion mixture in skillet.

STEP TWO – Next, add in the sliced sausage and cooked bacon and cook for just a few uminutes until heated through.

Diced potatoes are added to meat mixture in Dutch oven.

STEP THREE – Add the diced potatoes and stir until combined.

Black beans, whole kernel corn, kidney beans and canned tomtatoes are added to the Duch oven with the meat mixture.

STEP FOUR – Stir in the kidney beans, black beans, corn and diced tomatoes (do not drain the tomatoes).

Spices are added to the Dutch oven, along with the beef broth.

STEP FIVE – Add in the beef broth, spices, salt & pepper. Stir to combine all of the ingredients.

STEP SIX – Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes until the potatoes are fork-tender and the flavors are well-combined.

Cheese is sprinkled on top of the cooked stew.

STEP SEVEN – Top with cheddar cheese (if using).

Close up image of a spoonful of cowboy stew in white bowl.

What should I serve with Cowboy Stew?

If you’re looking for hearty sides to fill up hungry cowboys, try any of these:cornbread, cornbread muffins, beer bread, baked beans, coleslaw and these easy air fryer twice-baked potatoes.

My cheesy stuffed garlic bread would be perfect for dunking, or any crusty bread.

A side of tortilla chips is also tasty!

Can I make Cowboy Stew in a Slow Cooker?

Yes you can! Follow recipe directions for cooking the ground beef, onions and garlic, then place that mixture in the bottom of a 6 quart (or larger) slow cooker.

Add the remaining ingredients, cover and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or on low heat for 6 to 8 hours.

How to Store & Freeze Cowboy Stew

To store: cool remaining stew to room temperature, then transfer to airtight container. Refrigerate within two hours of cooking and it can be safely store in the refrigerator to up to 3 to 4 days.

To freeze: Portion the cooled soup into individual servings and place in airtight containers. Freeze for up to 2 to 3 months. To reheat, thaw frozen stew in the refrigeator overnight before rehating on the stove or in the microwave until heated through.

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Cowboy stew in white bowl with a spoon.

Texas Cowboy Stew Recipe


  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings

Description

Y’all ready for some down-home, cowboy-style comfort food? Well, saddle up and grab your stew pots because we’re diving into a hearty bowl of Texas Cowboy Stew! 


Ingredients

1 pound ground beef

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 package (14 ounces) skinless smoked sausage, sliced

4 slices cooked bacon, crumbled

3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced

1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed

1 can (15 ounces) corn kernels, drained

1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes

2 and 1/2 cups beef broth

2 teapoons chili powder

1 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, optional


Instructions

  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, cook the ground beef, onion and minced garlic over medium heat until browned and no longer pink inside. Drain off any excess fat.
  2. Stir in the sliced smoked sausage and crumbled cooked bacon.  Stir and cook for two to three minutes until the sausage is heated through.
  3. Add the diced potatoes and stir to combine.
  4. Add the beef broth, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, salt and black pepper.  Stir to combine all of the ingredients.
  5. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce heat to low.  Cover and allow the stew to simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. The potatoes should be fork-tender and the flavors well-combined.
  6. If using, stir in the shredded cheddar cheese and enjoy!

Notes

To store: cool remaining stew to room temperature, then transfer to airtight container. Refrigerate within two hours of cooking and it can be safely store in the refrigerator to up to 3 to 4 days.

To freeze: Portion the cooled soup into individual servings and place in airtight containers. Freeze for up to 2 to 3 months. To reheat, thaw frozen stew in the refrigeator overnight before rehating on the stove or in the microwave until heated through.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 389
  • Sugar: 4.9 g
  • Sodium: 928.1 mg
  • Fat: 16.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.8 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 34.5 g
  • Fiber: 8.2 g
  • Protein: 27.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 64.7 mg

Keywords: cowboy stew, Texas Cowboy Stew

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