Crockpot Texas Cowboy Stew

Crockpot Texas Cowboy Stew is a hearty and comforting dish, perfect for cold weather or a casual family dinner. This classic dish of Western American cuisine is a combination of tender beef, smokey sausage, potatoes, corn, onions, beans, and other vegetables, all simmered together in a rich tomato-based broth. 

Crockpot Texas Cowboy Stew in a bowl

The dish is often associated with the cowboy culture of Texas and is considered a staple of the state’s cuisine. This recipe is made easy by using a Crockpot, which allows you to prepare all the ingredients in the morning and let them simmer for several hours, resulting in a delicious and savory meal that is ready by the time you are ready to eat.

Crockpot Texas Cowboy Stew ingredients in a slow cooker

 The slow-cooking process also allows the flavors of the ingredients to meld together and intensify, making this a delicious and satisfying meal that your family will love.

ingredients for Crockpot Texas Cowboy Stew

Recipe Notes:

  • This stew was made in a 6-quart Crockpot, but you could make it in a larger pot. 
  • To make the stew thicker, stir in one tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water (a cornstarch slurry)and mix it into the Crockpot 1 hour before the stew has finished cooking.
  • Easily double this stew if you have a large enough Crockpot and store half for a meal later in the week or to serve a larger crowd. 
  • A sprinkling of cheese, like grated Parmesan or crumbled feta, can add extra flavor to this stew.
Can I freeze this recipe?

This stew can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat on the stovetop or microwave.

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WHAT CAN I SERVE WITH THIS STEW?

  • Bread: Warm, crusty bread is a great way to soak up the flavorful broth of a stew. Cornbread, garlic bread, or a simple baguette are all great options.
  • Rice or grains: A side of rice or other grains, such as quinoa or barley, can help to stretch the stew and make it a more filling meal.
  • Salad: A green salad with a light dressing can add a refreshing contrast to the rich flavors of a stew.
  • Biscuits or dumplings: These can be added to the stew as it cooks or served on the side for a carb-heavy option.

Crockpot Texas Cowboy Stew

  1. In a large skillet over medium high heat, cook and crumble the ground beef until browned and cooked through. Add the onions and minced garlic and cook for another 2 minutes, remove from heat. ground beef, onions and garlic in a pan
  2. Add the beef and onion mixture to the bottom of a 6 quart or larger slow cooker, along with the remaining ingredients. Crockpot Texas Cowboy Stew ingredients in a slow cookers
  3. Cover with the lid and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours, until the vegetables are soft and cooked through.cooked Crockpot Texas Cowboy Stew in slow cooker
  4. Garnish with parsley and serve immediately. Enjoy!Crockpot Texas Cowboy Stew in a bowl
5 from 7 votes

Crockpot Texas Cowboy Stew

Crockpot Texas Cowboy Stew is a hearty and comforting dish, perfect for cold weather or a casual family dinner. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1.5 lbs ground beef
  • 1 lb package kielbasa sausage sliced
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 large gold potatoes peeled and diced
  • 30 oz cans pinto beans rinsed and drained
  • 15 oz can whole kernel corn drained
  • 15 oz can diced tomatoes undrain d
  • 14 oz can Rotel undrained
  • 10 oz bag frozen mixed vegetables green beans, carrots, peas and corn
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons freshly chopped parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • In a large skillet over medium high heat, cook and crumble the ground beef until browned and cooked through. Add the onions and minced garlic and cook for another 2 minutes, remove from heat.
  • Add the beef and onion mixture to the bottom of a 6 quart or larger slow cooker, along with the remaining ingredients.
  • Cover with the lid and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours, until the vegetables are soft and cooked through.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve immediately. Enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 491kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 1492mg | Potassium: 1399mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 2266IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 135mg | Iron: 11mg

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11 Comments

  1. Sonja Verwijs says:

    This sounds super yummy! I noticed that the recipe calls for “30 oz cans pinto beans rinsed and drained”. How many cans of beans, exactly?

    1. That is usually 2 standard cans of beans.

  2. I am making this for dinner tomorrow night with a few substitutions. I am following the WW program so I’ll be using ground turkey instead of beef and turkey Kielbasa instead of smoked sausage. Can you please tell me what a serving size is? Looking forward to having this for dinner!

    1. This recipe serves 8, so you will want to divide the recipe into 8 even servings.

  3. CAN I MAKE THIS AHEAD OF TIME AND FREEZE IT THEN REHEAT?

  4. Is the kielbasa cooked before the crock pot?

    1. Yes, I used precooked kielbasa.

  5. Am I able to make this ahead of time and store in the fridge? If so how long is it good in the fridge

    1. Yes! I would use it with in 3-4 days

  6. 5 stars
    Very filling and easy added a little pork sausage too mm..