Our delicious Texas cowboy stew is a hearty and flavorful dish featuring beef smoked sausage, lean ground beef, russet potatoes, pinto beans, and tomatoes for a tangy and spicy profile.
Prep Time20 minutesmins
Cook Time1 hourhr
Total Time1 hourhr20 minutesmins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Texas Cowboy Stew Recipe
12ouncesbeef smoked sausage,cut into ¼-inch thick slices (Hillshire Farms brand)
1poundlean ground beef
1½cupsdiced yellow onion
3cupsdiced russet potato(1-inch pieces from 2 large peeled potatoes)
1½cupsfrozen sweet yellow corn
1½cupsfrozen peas & carrots medley blend
31ouncespinto beans with the liquids
10ouncesoriginal Rotel diced tomatoes & green chilies
Add the sliced beef smoked sausage to a stock pot (7-8 quarts) on medium-high heat. Cook the sausage for 5-6 minutes or until the edges start to crisp and the fat renders. Transfer the cooked sausage pieces to a paper towel-lined plate to allow all the excess fat to drain, and set aside.
Add the lean ground beef, diced yellow onion, and minced garlic to the hot stock pot. Cook and brown the ground beef for 5-6 minutes or until no pink remains and the onions are tender. Drain any excess fat from the pot.
Add the cooked beef smoked sausage back to the pot, with the ground beef, along with the diced russet potatoes, beef broth, frozen sweet corn, frozen peas & carrots, pinto beans, stewed tomatoes, original Rotel diced tomatoes, chili powder, ground cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and black pepper. Stir to combine.
Bring the Texas cowboy stew to a boil, then cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 1 hour or until the potatoes are fork-tender. Keep the lid just barely cracked open to allow the excess steam to escape the pot.
I use the liquids from the canned pinto beans because this liquid helps to thicken the broth for this stew slightly. If you do not want to add the liquids, you can drain them, but I suggest not rinsing the beans.
If your stewed tomatoes are in really big chunks, you can use a wooden spoon to break the large tomato chunks into smaller pieces. This is a personal preference.