Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Texas Cowboy Stew

I am slowly sorting through some of my late mother's recipes. Yesterday I found this one, jotted in her lovely handwrting in pencil on a small slip of paper. It is quite faded, so I am saving it here. I had three cans of pinto beans still in the pantry from when she lived with us!

I tried it tonight and it was tasty--very thick. I would have called it Cowboy Goulash!

Your guess is as good as mine as to can sizes. I am assuming not small and not large, so a "regular" sized can. That is what I used and it was fine, though thick. The pinto beans and the bacon make the recipe, I think.

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
garlic powder to taste
6 bacon slices, fried and crumbled

Brown all together in a soup pot. Add the following:

2 cans diced tomatoes (I'm thinking 3 would be fine too.)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can pinto beans
1 can cubed potatoes
(I intend to use about 1 1/2 cups cooked cubed potatoes.)

Add these ingredients to the pot. Simmer for 45 minutes or so. Nice with corn bread.

As you can see from the photo, I ate it with some Fritos, and I liked that too.


  1. Love the photo! I need to make me some of this cowboy stew. I was in the process of looking for something to make for dinner tonight. My grandson is on spring break this week, but has therapy every day. So I didn't think I'd see him, but according to my daughter, "he needs to come see gramma."

    I was going to make mexican lasagne with ground beef, but Ethan can't eat cheese. But he can eat this (and I'd get fritos too.)

  2. I made this last night and it turned out delicious! (I omitted the potatoes, but served it with fritos.)

  3. I was hunting for this recipe on your site and couldn't find it. I searched under beef and main dish. It would be great if you added it to the other categories! Of course, you are free to categorize any way you'd like...I'm just saying.

  4. Okay! Sensible suggestion. You know, this sounds good...maybe Sunday supper...