Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Easy Weeknight Dinner: Cowboy Soup

Whether you've been out roping cattle all day or herding small humans like I do, coming up with a decent meal at the end of the day can be tough...especially when the cattle kids and husband are getting hungry and cranky and whiney and really annoying and you just want them all to go to bed so you can watch The Bachelor.

My Aunt Linda gave me a recipe for Cowboy Soup several years ago. I'm not sure why it's called "Cowboy Soup," but since she lives in Texas and Texans know everything there is to know about cowboys (right?!), I decided to go with it.

I love the simplicity of this recipe! I haven't found an easier "throw-it-together" meal in awhile.


(Wow, so I bet you can't tell I bought the ingredients at Wal-Mart, can you?!)
  • 1 can red beans
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1 can ranch style beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can hominy
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can rotel tomatoes
  • 1 pkg. taco seasoning
  • 1 pkg. Ranch dressing mix
  • 1 pound ground beef

(Note: Sometimes I have a hard time finding ranch style beans. I also couldn't find rotel or stewed tomatoes. That WM stinks. I improvise with this soup and use whatever I think might taste good.)

Brown the ground beef. Drain and add all the ingredients to a large soup pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer until cooked through. (15 to 20 minutes)

{Warning: bad photo. That's what happens when you photograph your food at 8 pm}

I like to sprinkle some cheddar cheese on my soup after dishing it out. Served with a side of warm cornbread, this is a great cold weather meal!

*Come and join Soup-a-Palooza at TidyMom and Dine and Dish, sponsored by Bush's BeansHip HostessPillsbury, and Westminster Crackers.  Also linked to Tasty Tuesday.


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  2. Wow Amanda, that looks amazing! I love the name too! Have a great day.


  3. This looks yummy. I love throw-together meals and soups always taste great at this time of the year.

  4. I woke up craving soup and now I think this may be just what I need!

  5. I love soup when it is cold...my hubby and boys are not big fans though! My sister makes something kind of like this that she calls Taco Soup and then she crumbles corn chips on top!

  6. Amanda,

    Looks like a very hearty meal that would warm the coldest of cowboys! This will be a great recipe to try on the days we spend working hard on the house. Thanks for sharing!


  7. YuM this looks similar to one I posted today!!
    I love easy dinners : )

  8. Now this is what I consider the perfect Midwest recipe! Up here in the Midwest, we need meals just like this to keep us warm :-)

    Happy Tuesday Darling! xo

  9. That looks delicious! You and Debbie at Love the Decor have me wanting soup and cornbread now. YUM!

  10. Looks great! I make a VERY similar soup, we call it taco soup.

    Cornbread is the perfect side for it, and I like cheese AND sour cream on the top. Mmmmm now I'm hungry!

  11. It looks good and easy...except for the jiffy cornbread. As a Texan I resent sweet cornbread. Ha! My husband and I have a running, friendly argument over cornbread. :)

  12. It is cold and rainy out here in the NW and this sounds like the perfect soup for today. I just posted a recipe for corn bread that I got from a girlfriend and this will be perfect! Thanks for sharing.

  13. They didn't have rotel? Not even their own brand of diced tomatoes w/ green chilis? That's weird.
    I've had this soup before (yum!), but I think they just called it taco soup. Cowboy Soup sounds like more fun!

  14. I may have to add this to our Sunday Soup Night repertoire! Thanks for stopping by to see me too!

  15. Sounds yummy and soup sounds good right now. Adding cornbread definitely peeked my interest!!

  16. Amanda-
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Your soup looks yummy and EASY! I love anything with a packet of ranch and/or taco seasoning. Now following because this mommy needs some serenity too! :)

  17. Oh, thanks so much for visiting my site ... because, now I've found you! I love following young moms .. like my daughter ... so I can learn everything good grandmas should know! I make something similar to your soup ... we just call it Cowboy Beans. My recipe came from my brother who has always been a bit of a cowboy! I love to fix it over a wood fire, when we cook over a camp fire (in teh back yard ... no real camping for me!) Great post ... super blog ... thanks for sharing.

  18. This reminds me of my taco soup recipe all except the hominy...yum. It looks beautiful in the bowl, too!

  19. i love this recipe, although like others i know it by plain ol' name of taco soup. my kids request it almost weekly in the winter and eat it with shredded cheddar, sour cream and crunched up tortilla chips on top. mmmm, i may have to make this tomorrow night!

  20. Your soups looks fabulous. I am sure it would taste awesome with a few slices of home-made bread....mmmmmmm !

  21. We are big soup eaters and I know that this recipe would be enjoyed by both of us. I've never tried Hominy but I do remember my dad eating it.

    I agree with you on WM. I never can find exactly what I want when I food shop there.

  22. Yum! That sounds good. I need to try this recipe soon. Thanks for sharing a recipe with such an exciting name! LOL

  23. OH, I am so totally making this! It looks tasty AND easy...my favorite combination!!

  24. Ummm, this looks yummy! We are always looking for new soup recipes. Our son will enjoy the name especially;-) Thanks for stopping by my blog!


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