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Texas Cowboy Stew

Why is it any dish with cumin or chili powder in it is automatically assumed to be "Texan"? Maybe someday I'll figure it out. In the meantime, if you need a meal you can put together quickly that feeds a crowd, give this a try. But be warned: you're going to need a very large stock pot to hold it all!

Adapted from 100kRecipies

Cooking Method
Difficulty Beginner
Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 75 min Total Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Servings 10
Best Season Suitable throughout the year

Rich and hearty, this dish makes a lot - perfect if you need to feed a crowd.

Adapted from 100kRecipes

  • 2 cups onion, chopped
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 28 ounces Kielbasa sausage, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces ((two 14oz packages))
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 medium baking potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 cans pinto beans, undrained (15 oz)
  • 2 cans peeled and diced tomatoes, drained (14.5 oz)
  • 1 can Ro*Tel diced tomatoes and green chiles (28 oz)
  • 24 ounces frozen mixed vegetables ((two 12 oz packages))
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 4 cups water
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  1. In a large skillet, sauté the onions over medium-high heat 3-4 minutes or until translucent. Add the ground beef and cook 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking the meat into crumbles while cooking. Add the sausage and cook 2-3 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. Remove from heat and drain off any excess grease.

  2. In a very large stock pot add garlic, potatoes, tomatoes, Ro*Tel, pinto beans, frozen vegetables, cumin, chili powder, and water. Stir to combine. Add meat mixture and stir until well blended.

  3. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for one hour, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper as desired.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 10

Amount Per Serving
Calories 592kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 130mg44%
Sodium 1522mg64%
Potassium 1140.97mg33%
Total Carbohydrate 45g15%
Dietary Fiber 11g44%
Sugars 10g
Protein 46g92%

Calcium 10 mg
Iron 34 mg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

  • For a thicker stew, reduce water to 3 cups
  • If 28 ounce cans of Ro*Tel are not available, three 10 ounce cans can be used
  • If a spicier stew is desired:
    • Increase amount of cumin and/or chili powder
    • Add a dash of paprika
    • Add chopped jalapeno peppers
    • Use Ro*Tel "Hot" tomatoes with chilies


Keywords: beef, kielbasa, stew, Ro*Tel, vegetables