Dutch Oven Cowboy Stew

This is a super easy and tasty Dutch oven dish. Other than hamburger, onions, and potatoes, everything else is from canned goods. There is a lot of liquid in it, so it won't burn easily at all. Try and see if your family or group doesn't just love it!


4 potatoes, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 lb ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
1 can of corn
1 can of peas
1 can of stewed tomatoes
1 can of green beans
1 can of baked beans
1 can of tomato soup
Bay leaf

Prepare your briquets and Dutch oven. Put about 15-20 briquets underneath the Dutch oven.

Dutch Oven Cowboy Stew with hamburgerAdd ground beef to Dutch oven and brown.

Dutch Oven Cowboy Stew, adding onionsAdd onions to ground beef and cook.

Dutch Oven Cowboy Stew with potatoesNow add the diced potatoes.

Dutch Oven Cowboy Stew with beans, corn, peas, tomatoesAdd all other ingredients (don't drain the cans). Add the bay leaf and any other desired seasonings, such as salt and pepper.

Dutch Oven Cowboy Stew, cookingMix everything together.

Dutch Oven Cowboy Stew, all done!Cook until the potatoes are done.

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  1. Brian Jones

    Tried your recipe for “Cowboy Soup” last night for my Cub Scout group. I have recently gotten my first dutch oven and was looking for a simple recipe to try. It was easy to prepare, lots of fun, and everyone loved it!

  2. Brian Jones

    sorry, should have read “Cowboy Stew” 🙂

    1. Scott

      Glad you liked it! That’s a quick, easy favorite of mine! I’ve done it for Scout groups as well.

  3. Dakarai Willis

    How many does this serve?

    1. Scott

      Good question and I don’t remember exactly, but it seems like it we fed 6-8 with it. Of course, it depends on how many times they come back for seconds 🙂

  4. Wendy

    What is the approximate time to cook? And do you place any briquets on top?

    1. Wendy, after you get everything in, it usually takes about 30 minutes. I usually just check the potatoes and when they are done, the whole thing is done. You can put some briquettes on top, but it’s not necessary. Since this has a fair amount of liquid in it, the dish can take more briquettes from the bottom.

      1. Wendy

        Thank you!

  5. Lana

    I make this all the time in a stock piton my stove. It’s so good! If I want it more soupy I just leave out the potatoes and baked beans. It’s so good even when I don’t have all the ingredients. Freezes well too and feeds my husband and I three times! I make it once a month in the fall and winter. It’s the best!

    1. Scott

      Thanks, Lana. I agree. I love doing this dish when I teaching someone to cook with a Dutch oven. It’s delicious and pretty fool proof for a beginner.

  6. Rich

    I added bacon to the to the cowboy stew turned out awsome.

  7. Rich

    I cooked up bacon and put in mine and added a little of the bacon grease.

  8. Carvin C Hill Sr

    I use mild sausage instead hamburger and tastes more flavor

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