Cowboy Stew

Lee Thayer


This is true comfort chow right here. Ground beef, bacon, baked beans, and potatoes, and is delicious! I used my homemade baked beans for this but if wanting to use canned, that is stated as well.


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15 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


  • 250 g
    bacon, 1/2 lb
  • 500 g
    ground beef, 1 lb
  • 1
    onion, diced
  • 4 c
    baked beans, homemade or canned
  • 1/3 c
    bbq sauce
  • 1/4 tsp
    liquid smoke
  • 2
    medium potatoes, diced

How to Make Cowboy Stew


  1. In a large pot (I like to use my pressure cooker pot) add the baked beans. I used homemade and they were quite thick so I added 1 cup of water as well. Bring that to a simmer.
  2. In a pot add the diced potatoes and cover with water by 2 inches, bring to a boil and cook the potatoes until just fork tender. Drain, and add to the baked beans.
  3. While the potatoes are cooking, in a large non stick pan, cook the bacon until near crispy. Remove the bacon and drain on paper towels. When cooled, chop into bite size pieces and add the bacon to the baked beans.
  4. For the bacon fat in the pan, drain off most of it, then add the ground beef and onion. Cook the beef until no longer pink and the onion is soft. Drain and add to the baked beans.
  5. Add the BBQ sauce and liquid smoke to the pot and stir into the beans, bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer.
  6. Simmer the stew for 10-15 minutes. While simmering consider making some biscuits to ladle the stew over or heating some nice dinner rolls to go with this. Corn bread muffins would be perfect as a side as well as fried corn.
  7. Serve and enjoy.

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About Cowboy Stew

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American

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