Texas Cowboy Brisket Stew

Texas Cowboy Brisket Stew

What in the world are we going to do with that left over brisket? This is a question I get all the time especially from home cooks that are just learning how to perfect their smoked brisket recipe. Today I’ll share with you a very tasty way to not only use up some cooked brisket but really stretch it by adding lots of other goodies to the dish.

The main ingredient in this dish is our left over smoked brisket (of course) and what I love about this recipe is that it is very forgiving. This is a great recipe to toss in those extra veggies that you have in your refrigerator.

The end result is a stew with all of those bold cowboy flavors. It’s hearty, filling, quick and very inexpensive to make (which is my favorite part). Enjoy the video and the recipe and if you have any questions be sure to let me know.

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This recipe has been adapted from Brisket Bean Stew – manbeyondthecave.com

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Texas Cowboy Brisket Stew

A delicious way to use up leftover brisket
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 584kcal


  • 2 lb smoked brisket chopped
  • 3 lbs canned kidney beans drained
  • 3 lbs canned black beans drained
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 24 oz diced red or yellow bell pepper
  • 24 oz diced green bell pepper
  • 20 oz diced onion
  • 3 ea jalapenos minced seeded if you want a milder stew
  • 1/4 cup minced garlic
  • 5 lbs diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce
  • 1/2 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • In a large pot with a little oil on a medium/medium high heat begin to sauté your onions and bell peppers, till the onions become translucent.
  • Add the minced jalapenos and minced garlic. Cook for a few minutes more stirring occasionally.
  • Add the seasonings and continue cooking till the aromas become harmonious. Usually 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the BBQ Sauce, Mustard, and Worcestershire sauce and the chopped brisket Mix to combine.
  • Finally add the diced tomatoes, red beans, black beans, and chicken stock. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to medium.
  • Cover and cook for 20 – 30 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • After it finishes cooking, taste and adjust for seasonings

To freeze

  • To make this a freezer meal just let your stew cool down completely and place in a freezer friendly container
  • When you are ready to eat allow the stew to thaw and reheat on the stove top. If you are using special sous vide approved bags to freeze this dish then all you have to do is take the bag out of the freezer and place in a pot of simmering water for 20-25 minutes. Serve and enjoy.


Serving: 3cups | Calories: 584kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 1892mg | Potassium: 2158mg | Fiber: 23g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 1162IU | Vitamin C: 213mg | Calcium: 227mg | Iron: 10mg

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