Here at 12 Tomatoes, we’ve made Cowboy Chicken, Cowboy Salad, Cowboy Beans, and Cowboy Spaghetti, but I have to say that of alllll the “cowboy” themed dishes, this hearty soup is my very favorite. Packed with beans, potatoes, sweet corn, plenty of aromatics and three kinds of meat, it sticks to your ribs like chili, but has even more layers of flavor. It’s good eatin’ to a T.
As I already mentioned, you’ve got three kinds of meat going on here. First, there’s bacon, which you crisp up in your pot before using the drippings to brown sliced kielbasa sausage. Then, there’s ground beef, which gets cooked up with onion and garlic. You work in batches to brown all that meat, but once that’s done it’s time to throw everything into the pot together.
4 slices bacon, chopped
2 (12-ounce) package kielbasa sausage, cut into 1/2 inch slices
1 1/2 pounds ground beef, 80/20
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 (14.5-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes, with liquid
2 (16-ounce) cans baked beans, with liquid
1 (7-ounce) can chopped green chilies, with liquid
1 (15-ounce) can sweet corn, with liquid
2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 cup water
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
Cook bacon until brown and crispy in a large pot. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain.
Add the sausage to pot drippings and brown on both sides, adjusting heat as needed so fond (brown bits on the bottom of the pot) does not burn. Remove to the plate with bacon; set aside.
Add beef, onion, and garlic to the pot and brown until the beef is no longer pink. Sprinkle flour, salt, pepper, and chili powder over beef. Stir and cook for 1 minute.
Add diced tomatoes, baked beans, green chilies, sweet corn, potatoes, bacon, sausage, and water. Bring to a boil then immediately reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Garnish with parsley.
Add additional water if stew is too thick.