Texas Cowboy Soup


Texas Cowboy Soup

This homestyle cowboy soup with beef, bacon, and beans is guaranteed to fill you up.

Texas Cowboy Soup
Texas Cowboy Soup

Round up your family and friends for some homemade Texas Cowboy Soup! This easy soup recipe is hearty and filled with ground beef, tomatoes, seasonings, and even some heat. You'll love serving this soup for a casual weeknight dinner or even at your next game day event. When serving this soup, don't forget to add some croutons for some extra flavor. You can also keep a bottle of hot sauce on the table so your family and friends can add the right amount of heat to a bowl of this soup. City slickers and farmhands alike will want to slurp up every drop of this soup!

Serves8 to 10

Cooking Time1 hr

Cooking MethodSauteeing



Total Timeunder 1 hour

One Pot MealYes

OccasionBuffet, Buffet Meal, Card Night, Casual Dinner Party, Family Get Together, Game Day, Tailgate Party

Recipe CourseAppetizer, Main Course, Side Dish

MealDinner, Lunch

Taste and TextureGarlicky, Hot & Spicy, Meaty, Savory, Spiced

Type of DishHot Soup, Soup


  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 1/2 pound (750 g) Beef Stew Meat (cut into 1/2-inch pieces)
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons (25 mL) chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon (5 mL) ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1 mL) freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 baking potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 cans (each 14 to 19 oz/398 to 540 mL) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cans (14 oz/398 mL) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can (4 oz) green chiles, diced mild
  • 4 cups (1 L) beef stock
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • Croutons for topping

Cowboy Soup Recipe


  1. In a large pot, sauté bacon over medium heat until starting to brown. Add beef chunks and sauté, breaking up until no longer pink, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add garlic, onion, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper; sauté until onion starts to soften, about 3 minutes.

  3. Add potatoes, beans, tomatoes, green chilies, and stock; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are just tender, about 20 minutes.

  4. Add corn and simmer for 10 minutes.

  5. Garnish with croutons and enjoy!

Editor's Note: Ranch Style Beans

Many cowboy soup recipes are made with canned ranch style beans. This delicious ingredient is popular in Texas, and it's basically a type of seasoned beans. Ranch style beans are usually pinto beans, and they come in a rich seasoned chili sauce that adds ton of flavor.

This recipe doesn't call for pre-seasoned beans, but it does include plenty of seasoning to make up for it. Chili powder, cumin, garlic, and bacon all add tons of flavor to this soup recipe, so you're getting all the delicious flavor of ranch style beans without having to hunt down an ingredient that might be hard to find in your area.

Texas Cowboy Soup

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