Wrangler’s Stew

Cowboys are the ranchers who tend to the herds of cows that are on the ranch. Wranglers are the ultimate cowboys. They are the people who wrangle the horses, cows and other livestock together and are out on the open range, not in the pastures. Wranglers are often out on the range for long periods of time while in the process of herding all the livestock. Since wranglers are out on the range, they eat what they can and tend to make a lot of stews. The stews and “grub” will be different all the time, depending on what they have on hand at the time.

I had just a little ground beef left, and it wasn’t enough to make a full meal for both us. That is until I converted it into a wrangler’s stew that was filled with all kind of down-home goodness. Then, I had enough and then some. I served it with some warmed bread and a rich, fruity, medium-bodied red blend. Delicious! I served it as is, but it would also be good served over rice too. Either way, I know you’re going to love it. πŸ™‚

Wrangler’s Stew

I used bits and pieces of what I had and just threw it all together in the slow cooker. I thought for sure I had corn, but I checked both freezers, and none was to be found. Oh well. These things happen. πŸ™‚ I did have some delicata squash though, which was a good addition to the stew.

1 lb ground beef

1 lb sausage – I used Andouille this time

1 onion, diced

1 lb baby or red potatoes, sliced in rounds

1 green bell pepper, diced

2 cups tomatoes, diced

2 cups corn

1/2 delicata squash, diced, optional

1 TBSP garlic

1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

hot sauce to taste

salt & pepper tot taste

1 TBSP chili powder

1/2 cup beef broth

top with any or all of the above – cheese, sour cream, cilantro

Cook the sausage, ground beef and onions together for about 5-7 minutes, or until browned. Drain the excess fat when it is cooked. Add to the slow cooker.

Combine all the rest of the ingredients and mix in with the meat.

Cover the slow cooker, turn it onto high for 3-5 hours or to low for a slower cook, that will take about 7 hours, and forget about it until it is done. Easy-peasy and delicious! I cooked it on high. The whole house was smelling so good as it was cooking. I couldn’t wait to dig in and start eating it all up. We made a dent, but we did not eat it all. There is more for a another day. πŸ™‚

Have a great day and make everyday great. Stay safe and stay well. ‘Til next time.


Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for over 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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