Texas cowboy soup

It is one of those comfort dishes that people like. Made it for our dinner. Lots of compliments. One man had 3 helpings. Unless I mis-made the recipe, you’ll need a BIG pot. Which is a good thing.

Hearty, filling and man-pleasing describes this stew. Link sausage, cumin, chilies, and chili powder is what gives this soup its Southwest flavor. This dish is quick, easy, and tastes best when it simmers in a slow cooker or even on the stove all day. Bake some Mexican cornbread, toss a simple green salad, and you have a great meal.

This is so good! Used low fat ground beef (95%) and reduced fat kielbasa and worked fine! Added 4 chopped jalapenos. Did not peel the potatoes. Used kidney instead of pintos (it’s what I had). Great for using up those partial bags of frozen veggies. Halved the recipe and still made a ton, lots for the freezer. Used the slow cooker and started it on high to get all that volume up to temp, then turned to low and cooked about 6 hours. I was worried the potatoes would get too mushy but that did not happen. Love it!


2 pounds ground beef

2 (16 ounce) packages kielbasa sausage, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 onion, chopped

2 (14.5 ounce) cans peeled and diced tomatoes, drained

4 medium baking potatoes, peeled and diced

2 (15 ounce) cans pinto beans, with liquid

2 (15.2 ounce) cans whole kernel corn, with liquid

1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chile peppers, with liquid

1 (10 ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables

4 cups water

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons chili powder

salt and pepper to taste

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Crumble the ground beef into a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage, garlic and onion; cook and stir until the meat is no longer pink. Drain off grease, and transfer the contents of the skillet to a large pot.

Pour the tomatoes into the pot with the meat, and stir in the potatoes, pinto beans, corn, diced tomatoes with chilies, mixed vegetables and water. Season with cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Cover, and simmer over medium-low heat for at least 1 hour. Stir occasionally. The longer this stew cooks, the better it gets.

Adapted from Allrecipes