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9 Delicious Cowboy Recipes You Can Make at Home

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These recipes will get you thinking you should’ve been a cowboy.

Luckily, you don’t need to be a cowboy to enjoy them. These nine recipes will get you thinking about life on the range, cooking out around a campfire and eating under the stars. Cast iron skillets and chili. Black coffee before the sunrise.

Ah, can’t you just imagine it? If you can’t get to the West, let the West come to you. Try one of these easy-to-make cowboy recipes when you’re feeling like Gene or Roy.

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1. Spicy Dry Rub Elk Tacos

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Image via Food.com

If you haven’t tried elk yet, do it now. These tacos bring out the flavor of the game without overwhelming it in sauces or stews. Elk tacos are essentially your basic taco recipe but substituting delicious elk for carne asada–easy. You might have to ask your local butcher to order elk meat special, but they will be happy to. And you’ll be happy you asked.

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2. Smoky Chipotle and Cheddar Mac

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Kick plain old mac and cheese in the pants with this spicy recipe from Rachael Ray. Chorizo and chipotle add depth and flavor and, most importantly, meat to the staple. You’ll never look at mac and cheese the same again.

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3. Ribeye Steaks with Guinness Sauce

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Image via Liete’s Culinaria

Because can you think of anything more delicious than meat and beer? Especially when that meat is a ribeye steak topped with a creamy stout sauce? This mouth-watering recipe comes from renowned chef Ian Knauer and is beautiful in its simplicity. And you’ll have beer left over to drink!

Get the recipe here.

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4. Cowboy Meatballs in Tin Foil

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Image via TheCoterieBlog.com

Perfect for camping or sitting around the campfire, these dinner in tin foil meatballs are easy to prepare, easy to make, and fun to eat. They are also simple to adjust according to your taste. The standard recipe calls for carrots, potatoes and mushrooms, but you can throw in whatever veggies you want (I’m thinking Brussels sprouts).

Get the recipe here.

5. Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Brisket

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Image via Chow

It should be a law that brisket can be cooked for no less than 10 hours. Luckily this recipe comes in right over the mark, calling for a 10 hour 30 minute cooking time. And by using a slow cooker it couldn’t be easier: throw in all the ingredients and let it sit. Then enjoy your tender, melt-in-your-mouth brisket as the Big Guy intended it.

Get the recipe here.

6. Johnnycakes

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Image via Tablespoon

Imagine if cornbread and pancakes had a baby: johnnycakes! A sorely underappreciated meal, johnnycakes are as utilitarian as they come. Serve with maple syrup, fresh fruit, whipped cream or any of your favorite toppings. You can also add goodies like blueberries to the batter.

Get the recipe here.

7. Pan Fried Trout

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Image via Olga’s Flavor Factory

So you’ve caught dinner, now you just need to know how to prepare it. You could go with a standard egg and flour drench, or you could take it up a level by adding herbs to your batter. This recipe also walks you through cleaning the fish with detailed photos just in case, you know, you’re not as cowboy as you let on.

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8. Slow Cooker Maple Bacon Beer Baked Beans

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Image via the beeroness.com

There are about as many variations of baked beans as there are amazing southern sayings. Whether you like your beans with bacon, ham hock, ribs, kidney beans, navy beans, molasses, honey…the list just goes on. This recipe combines all the goodness you could want in one delicious pot that stews for 10 hours. You may want to consider adding a jalapeno for a kick.

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9. Chiles Rellenos with Corn-and-Okra Succotash

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Image via FoodandWine.com

These stuffed chilies put a twist on the classic recipe by using succotash as a filling. It’s a delicious pairing of Mexican and Native American cuisines that will have you thinking cowboy all the way to the bottom of the pan. These chilies require a little bit more prep time, but they’re worth it.

Get the recipe here.

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