Texas Cowboy Stew: Tips On How To Make The Best Recipe

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Texas cowboy stew is perfect for the colder days during the winter months. A tasty stew with tons of veggies and meats packed with flavor.

Texas cowboy stew

If you’re looking for a easy to make stew to feed the entire family then Texas cowboy stew it is!

This stew has three different meats, crisp bacon, sausage and ground beef. Making this a mix of soup, chili and stew but that’s how the cowboys do it of course.

Throwing a bunch of ingredients together gives a hearty feeling to each bite like with a hobo stew. Your family will love cowboy stew for the flavor but you’ll love how you sneak healthy ingredients in.

Pinto beans have great fiber, a mix of vegetables and potatoes as well. This will work great for a dinner and meal prepping the leftovers for a quick lunch.

I’ll go step by step how to make it and how about you pair it with a cowboy caviar appetizer?

Texas cowboy stew

How To Make Cowboy Stew

Make a list of these ingredients

  • Lean ground beef
  • Smoked sausage
  • Bacon
  • Yellow onion
  • Rotel tomatoes
  • Pinto beans
  • Corn
  • Garlic
  • Frozen vegetables
  • Yukon potatoes
  • Beef broth
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Flour
Texas cowboy stew

A few tips to make a better recipe

  • Save the bacon for last. I see so many recipes adding the bacon when the Texas cowboy stew is simmering. This makes the bacon soggy and you lose the crispy texture. I suggest saving the bacon when it is time to serve. This way you you can enjoy the stew with crispy bacon in each bite.
  • Be sure to salt the stew to taste. With the salty meats you’d think you don’t need much but you will need more than you think.

Making the Texas cowboy stew

  1. To start, you’ll need a large pot. Also, prep all the ingredients to have them ready because in the beginning the recipe will move fast.
  2. In the pot on medium high heat add the chopped bacon. Cook the bacon completely and leave the leftover fat in the bottom of the pan. Remove the cooked bacon and add in sliced smoked sausage.
  3. Then, cook the sausage a bit to brown a few pieces and remove it. Next, add in the raw ground beef and season with salt and black pepper.
  4. Cook the ground beef all the way then remove the beef from the pan. Toss in the diced onion and Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilis.
  5. Season with salt and black pepper. Once the onions are translucent add in the minced garlic cloves. Allow them to cook for a minute.
  6. Then, sprinkle the flour across the veggies. Cook the flour at least 30 seconds to get rid of the raw flavor. Then, lower the heat.
  7. Add back in the sausage, ground meat but also put in the corn, pinto beans, frozen mixed vegetables, diced potatoes. Finally, add in the beef broth.
  8. Give everything a stir. Pour in the worcestershire sauce and apple cider vinegar. Bring pot to simmer than cover for one hour.
  9. Lastly, allow the cowboy stew to cool a bit before serving. But, before serving be sure to taste for salt and black pepper. You will need to add those into the recipe. Also, be sure to add the cooked bacon into the recipe right before serving for the best results.
Texas cowboy stew

Storing leftovers

This Texas cowboy stew works great to be made ahead or even freezing for later. The veggies texture will change slightly but all the flavor will still be there. Be sure to store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. This recipe should last 3-4 days but can be frozen for a few months.

Texas cowboy stew

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Texas cowboy stew

Texas Cowboy Stew

Texas cowboy stew is perfect for the colder days during the winter months. A tasty stew with tons of veggies and meats packed with flavor.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Soup, Stew
Cuisine American
Servings 8 serving

Equipment

  • Large Pot

Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pack smoked sausage
  • 8 slices bacon, chopped
  • 4 small Yukon potatoes, diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 15 ounce can of whole corn kernels, rinsed & drained
  • 15 ounce can of pinto beans
  • 10 ounce can of Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilis, rinsed & drained
  • 32 ounce beef broth (sub with water)
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour (sub with small can of tomato paste)
  • 1 bag frozen mixed vegetables (10-15 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • salt & black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • To start, you'll need a large pot. Also, prep all the ingredients to have them ready because in the beginning the recipe will move fast.
  • In the pot on medium high heat add the chopped bacon. Cook the bacon completely and leave the leftover fat in the bottom of the pan. Remove the cooked bacon and add in sliced smoked sausage.
  • Then, cook the sausage a bit to brown a few pieces and remove it. Next, add in the raw ground beef and season with salt and black pepper.
  • Cook the ground beef all the way then remove the beef from the pan. Toss in the diced onion and Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilis.
  • Season with salt and black pepper. Once the onions are translucent add in the minced garlic cloves. Allow them to cook for a minute.
  • Then, sprinkle the flour across the veggies. Cook the flour at least 30 seconds to get rid of the raw flavor. Then, lower the heat.
  • Add back in the sausage, ground meat but also put in the corn, pinto beans, frozen mixed vegetables, diced potatoes. Finally, add in the beef broth.
  • Give everything a stir. Pour in the Worcestershire sauce and apple cider vinegar. Bring pot to simmer than cover for one hour.
  • Lastly, allow the cowboy stew to cool a bit before serving. But, before serving be sure to taste for salt and black pepper. You will need to add those into the recipe. Also, be sure to add the cooked bacon into the recipe right before serving for the best results.
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