Sometimes we all need a dinner that isn’t too much work and can feed a crowd of hungry bellies. I love making this Cowboy Stew for my family because it’s loaded with ground beef, smoked sausage, potatoes, beans, and veggies that will keep them full and satisfied.
Slow Cooker Cowboy Stew
Making this for dinner is so simple and hassle-free. All you need to do is prepare your ingredients and let your slow cooker work its magic and cook for you. You can go about your day while this amazing meal cooks and by the time your busy day is over, it will be waiting for you and your family to devour!
Key Ingredients You’ll Need
Meat: You will need ground beef and smoked sausage for this recipe, you can use other things like ground turkey or ground chicken, turkey or pork sausage, etc
Seasonings: I like to flavor this recipe with garlic cloves, ground cumin, chili powder, and maybe some salt and pepper for added flavor.
Vegetables: I like to add in onion, baby potatoes, pinto beans, corn, tomatoes with green chilis, and mixed vegetables.
Chicken Stock: This will be the soup/stew liquid and hold all of the flavors that are infused from the seasonings and veggies.
How To Make Cowboy Stew
Step 1. Cook and brown the ground beef in a medium skillet and drain the excess juices. Put the prepared ground beef, smoked sausage, garlic, onion, potatoes, beans, corn, tomatoes, frozen veggies, chicken stock, and seasonings into your slow cooker.
Step 2. Place the lid on top of the cooker. Allow the ingredients to cook for 6 hours on low or for 4 hours on high. The potatoes will be tender when it’s done. Serve and enjoy!
Can I Make This Cowboy Stew On Stove Top?
Yes! To make this stew on the stovetop, all you need to do is place a large iron skillet over medium-high heat. Slowly add in your prepared ingredients. Cook until it beings to bubble a little bit. Allow the ingredients to cook for about 15 minutes while stirring occasionally.
Can You Freeze This?
Yes! This cowboy stew recipe is perfect for meal prep and handy to have a ready-made hearty meal in the freezer. Keep in mind that potatoes can be get a different texture in freezing temps, so you may want to leave those out when freezing — you can always add cooked potatoes to this when it’s time to serve!
Tips & Tricks
- This recipe is very hearty by itself but tastes amazing over rice or noodles.
- You can add in extra ground beef and leave out the sausage or vice versa if desired.
- Use any kind of canned beans that you like and add more varieties if you want as well.
- I like to serve this recipe with crackers or bread on the side.
More Cowboy Recipes:
- Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans
- Southern Smothered Chicken
- Best Ever Cowboy Caviar Recipe (10-minutes to make)
- Cowboy Cookies
- 1 lb. ground beef lean
- 1 16 oz. package smoked sausage sliced into bite-size pieces
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1 lb. baby potatoes halved
- 1 15 oz. can pinto beans undrained
- 1 15 oz. can corn
- 1 14.5 oz. can tomatoes with green chiles diced
- 1 10-12 oz. package mixed vegetables frozen
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 2 tsp cumin ground
- 2 tsp chili powder
- In a medium skillet cook and brown your ground beef and drain.
- To your slow cooker add the ground beef, smoked sausage, garlic, onion, potatoes, beans, corn, tomatoes, frozen veggies, chicken stock and seasonings.
- Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 until potatoes are tender.