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Texas Cowboy Stew

Texas Cowboy Stew is a hearty ground beef stew loaded with flavor with potatoes, corn, diced tomatoes, and green chilies, that makes a nice one pot dinner.
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword cowboy Stew, Texas Cowboy Stew
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 370kcal


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 6 slices bacon chopped
  • 1 pound kielbasa sausage cut into 1 inch slices
  • 1 cup onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 (10.5 ounce) cans Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans pinto beans
  • 1 (15-ounce) can whole kernel corn, undrained
  • 2 large potatoes (peeled and cubed)
  • 2 cups beef broth (recommend low sodium broth)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped


  • Brown the ground beef in a large dutch oven. When cooked, drain the grease.
  • Remove the ground beef and set aside. Cook the bacon in the same pan.
  • After the bacon is cooked, remove it from the pan, and add the sausage. Brown both sides of the sausage in the bacon grease.
  • Add the onions and cook for about 3 minutes or until transluscent.
  • Add the cooked meat, bacon, and sausage back in the pan, and add the rest of the ingredients, except the cilantro.
  • Simmer the stew for 30 minutes. Optional: If this stew needs to be thickened after simmering, mash some of the beans and potatoes.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro on top before serving.
  • Serve with cornbread, garlic bread, or a salad.



  • Veg It Up. Want to turn this into a complete one-pot meal? Add your favorite vegetables to the stew, such as mixed vegetables, chopped bell pepper, or carrots. I like to cook the vegetables in the ground beef, sausage, and bacon drippings to add flavor.
  • Lighten It Up. Change up your protein. For example, use ground turkey instead of ground beef. Use soy protein to make it vegetarian.
  • Change The Beans. If you don't like pinto beans, use black beans, charro beans, or ranch-style beans.
  • Make It Spicy. If it is not spicy enough, add a couple more teaspoons of chili powder or some cayenne or jalapenos.
  • Change The Broth. Instead of beef broth, add chicken broth or vegetable broth.
  • Storage. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator or freeze in the freezer for up to 3 months.


Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 872mg | Potassium: 434mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 213IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 3mg