The term “cowboy” in recipes often evokes a rustic, hearty, and robust flavor profile reminiscent of homecooked meals served on the range, camping, or from deep south kitchens.
Implying a Southwestern or Texan influence in the flavor profile, “cowboy” as a term in food often indicates something hearty, simple, and filling, reminiscent of meals that would fuel hard-working cowboys out on the range.
10 Classic Cowboy Recipes to Ignite Your Southwestern Spirit
Some of the recipes most well-known for using the term “cowboy” include:
Cowboy Beans (or “Charro Beans”): A spicy and hearty bean side dish often made with pinto or baked beans, bacon, onion, garlic, and sometimes diced tomatoes, jalapeños, and various spices.
Cowboy Caviar: also known as “Texas Caviar,” is a cold bean salad or dip with pinto beans, black beans, corn, tomatoes, bell peppers, and onions, typically tossed in a homemade lime dressing.
Cowboy Steak: A thick-cut ribeye steak, often bone-in, seasoned simply, and grilled or broiled to perfection. We show you how to marinate and grill a skirt steak here. Serve with a southern sweet corn casserole.
Cowboy Coffee is a method of brewing coffee by boiling coarse grounds with water and settling the grounds at the bottom.
Cowboy potatoes: Rustic, skillet-fried potatoes, sometimes with onions, peppers, or other seasonings, have a great cast iron char on the outside and are soft and tender on the inside.
Cowboy Skillet Cookie: A giant chocolate chip cookie made in a cast-iron skillet.
While we do not have a skillet cookie, we have a giant cookie made in the air fryer, which is the same thing.
Cowboy Tater Tot Casserole: A great dinner recipe, this BBQ tater tot hot dish has full, robust flavors and is so filling you don’t need a side dish.