Cowboy Stew

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


11 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
I made up this cowboy stew in the early 1970s when I was down to very little food in the house. Because it's a combination of barbecue sauce, hamburger, hot dogs and beans, this one-skillet meal makes both children and adults happy. —Val Rananawski, Millville, New Jersey


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 4 cans (16 ounces each) baked beans
  • 8 hot dogs, sliced
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 4-6 minutes or until flavors are blended.

Cowboy Stew Tips

What else can you add to Cowboy Stew?

Add some heat by using a spicy sausage, such as chorizo or andouille. Or toss in some pickled jalapenos or chipotle peppers. For more vegetables, mix in frozen or canned corn or green beans.

How do you store Cowboy Stew?

Store this stew in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. You can also freeze it in resealable freezer bags or containers for up to three months. On the stovetop, reheat the stew over low heat; add broth or water if necessary.

What can you serve with Cowboy Stew?

Cornbread, of course! Try this honey cornbread, then prep a side of delicious crunchy coleslaw?or snappy green vegetables, too.

Elizabeth Harris, Taste of Home contributing writer

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 469 calories, 23g fat (9g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 1256mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 9g fiber), 28g protein.