Friday Food : Cowboy Stew

Giddy up cowboys and cowgirls, I have a fancy new recipe for ya’ll.

Mr B sent me this idea last weekend. At first I wasn’t too keen on the idea, but he would literally not stop talking about it, so I gave in and made it myself. Wouldn’t you know it? I LOVED it! I loved how simple and easy was to make, not to mention cost effective! If you think about it, it’s easy to understand how the name “cowboy stew” came about…cowboys out on trail, stopping to sleep and eat where they could, not too much time for anything fancy and there wasn’t always a source for water. OK, I’m being dramatic, let’s get to the goods.

Cowboy Stew

What you need:

  • 1 pound ground beef (or turkey or whatever)
  • 2-3 baking potatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz) corn
  • 1 can (15 oz) green beans
  • 1 can (15 oz) baked beans
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans
  • 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz) tomato soup
  • optional: spices, such as cumin, chili powder, red pepper, salt, black pepper…


  1. In a slow cooker, combine all canned ingredients. Do not drain or rinse! Exception: I drained and rinsed the black beans, but that’s personal preference
  2. In a large skillet, brown your ground meat, then add to cooker
  3. Dice potatoes (do not peel if you want the nutrients of the skin) and add to cooker
  4. Add optional spices or hold off and add spices to individual servings
  5. Turn heat to low for 2-3 hours. (However long it takes to soften potatoes)
  6. Place cooker on “keep warm” while/until serving
  7. Enjoy and freeze left overs!


I didn’t use spices, and found the baked beans gave it a certain sweet flavor. If sweet isn’t your thing I would suggest possibly swapping the baked beans for kidney beans or another variation and increasing your use of spices.

Other things you could add to your stew depending on your level of effort. Green peppers? Onions? Cheese? Maybe swap the baking potatoes for yams?

I used ground turkey breast (make sure it’s breast specifically if you’re going for healthy eating), but I’m sure something like Morning Star meatless crumbles would work too!

Other meat ideas? Cut up kielbasa, maybe use spiced sausage instead of regular ground beef? I bought the lil smokies to add, then decided it was hearty enough on its own.

If you really want to go all out for health, use frozen or FRESH veggies and eye the level of water you want to add to the mix.

Have the kids help with this process and remember to stock up on cans before your next camping trip and you can have a near-authentic experience!

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