Traditional Kentucky Burgoo
Kentucky Burgoo was a dish designed to feed lots of people for very little money. Traditional burgoo was made using whatever meats and vegetables were available—typically, it was wild caught game like venison, squirrel, rabbit, opossum, raccoon or game birds. Today, we typically use pork, chicken, beef lamb, veal or a combination of meats.
Traditional vegetables, such as lima beans, corn, okra, tomatoes, cabbage, and potatoes are added to make a hearty dish and help to thicken the stew.
A good burgoo is said to be able to have a spoon stand up in it.
Cider vinegar, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, or chili powder are common condiments to be served alongside the stew.
Slow Cooker Kentucky Burgoo
This is a hearty stew that can feed a crowd. Perfect for a Kentucky Derby party or a fall and winter meal.
- 2 lbs chicken breast - cut into bite-size pieces
- 2 lbs pork tenderloin - cut into bite-size pieces
- 1 T salt
- 2 T black pepper
- 1 t cayenne pepper
- 2 lemons
- 1 t Worcestershire sauce
- 1 1/2 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
For the Slow Cooker
- 1 sweet onions coarsely chopped
- 1 carrot cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 6 oz can tomato paste
- 2 sweet or regular potatoes - pick fairly good sized potatoes
- 3 chopped tomatoes
- 2 green peppers coarsely chopped
- 2 T Worcestershire sauce
- 16 oz water - more or less depending on the size of your slow cooker. You don't want the meat to be completely covered.
For the last hour of cooking
- 1 cup fresh lima beans frozen is okay if you can't find fresh I actually don't like lima beans or any beans for that matter, so I usually leave these out, but adding beans is the right thing to do 🙂
- 1 cup sliced frozen okra
- 1 cup fresh cut corn frozen will work
- tabasco - to serve on the side
Squeeze lemon over pork and chicken.
Add Worcestershire sauce.
Mix to coat pork and chicken
Season with salt, pepper, cayenne
In a large dutch oven brown the chicken and pork in 1 T of olive oil.
Move meat to the slow cooker.
Add remaining ingredients.
Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 6-7. Until meat is really tender.
Add additional vegetables and cook on low for an additional 30 - 40 minutes.
The stew will not be thick. It's still delicious and can be served this way, but if you'd like to thicken the stew combine a 1/4 cup of about a T of cornstarch in a small sauce pan and heat whisking to combine. You can either stir it into the stew in the Slow Cooker and cook for 15 - 20 minutes on high with the lid off. Alternatively, you can transfer the stew to a large dutch oven, add the cornstarch and water mixture and finish over a med-high burner for 10 or 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
The stew will not be thick. It's still delicious and can be served this way, but if you'd like to thicken the stew combine a 1/4 cup of water with a T of cornstarch in a small sauce pan and heat whisking to combine. You can either stir it into the stew in the Slow Cooker and cook for 15 - 20 minutes on high with the lid off. Alternatively, you can transfer the stew to a large dutch oven, add the cornstarch and water mixture and finish over a med-high burner for 10 or 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
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