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Cooking Cowboy Food: 25 Western Recipes Made Healthier

By: Matthew Kaplan, Editor,

Cooking Cowboy Food: 25 Western Recipes Made HealthierAh, cowboy cooking. Those words conjure up images of long cattle drives, home on the prairie, and hearty homemade fare. When I think about cowboy recipes, I am talking about dutch oven frontier recipes that use simple and low cost ingredients to make delicious meals that stay with you a long time. I have fond memories of old-fashioned cowboy food from my youth making campfire recipes. The only issue now is that I shudder to think how much unhealthy food I was gobbling down then.

Being a cowboy is labor intensive, so they need to consume extra calories in a day. For the rest of us who want to enjoy cooking cowboy food without the guilt, check out our list below of 25 Western Recipes Made Healthier. This collection of cowboy recipes (and cowgirl recipes) features some of the best ideas around for making frontier cooking recipes healthier. From cast iron recipes for the morning to old fashioned southwest recipes for dessert, this definitive list will show you how to incorporate cowboy food into your life without destroying your healthy eating goals.

Table of Contents for Cooking Cowboy Food: 25 Western Recipes Made Healthier

Cowboy Breakfast Recipes

Cowboy Dinner Recipes

Cowboy Dessert Recipes

Cowboy Recipes for Kids


Cowboy Breakfast Recipes:

To be a successful old west cowboy, you need to be properly fueled before the cattle drive begins. Traditionally, ranch recipes for the morning were heavy. Since most of us don't spend all day engaging in hard labor on the ranch, here are some cowboy breakfast recipes that will get you going without weighing you down. These western theme recipes still have all of the full flavor you expect from cowboy food though.

Charming Vintage Biscuits

Low Carb Denver Muffins

Dutch Baby Pancakes

Saucy BBQ Omelet

Vintage Biscuits and Gravy

Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Casserole


Cowboy Dinner Recipes:

After the end of a long day, frontier recipes for dinner are just what you need. Even if you did not spend the day on an arduous cattle drive, you will still be comforted by the flavors and ingredients found in these cowboy dinner recipes. Some of these healthy eating ideas may have seemed quite strange to an old west cowboy, but the tastes found in these recipes are universal.

Cowboy Ground Beef Casserole

Southwestern Style Chicken

Crazy Cowboy Casserole

Chuckwagon Stew

Dollar Store Cowboy Casserole

Hearty Beef Chili

Easy Cowboy Chicken Casserole

Sirloin and Black Bean Chili

No Guilt Slow Cooker Cowboy Supper

Texan Ranch Chicken Casserole


Cowboy Dessert Recipes:

After dinner, when you are hanging around the campfire and singing Home on the Range on the old 6-string, treat yourself to these cowboy dessert recipes. Okay, so maybe not all of the sweet treats here are old fashioned cowboy recipes. But hey there are all still tasty, right?

American Cowboy Coffee Cake

Apple Blueberry Skillet Cobbler

Cowboy Cookies

Homemade Blueberry Grunt


Cowboy Recipes for Kids:

Get the young folk in on all of this old west greatness with these cowboy recipes for kids. Chances are most kids will enjoy the other cowboy recipes featured in this healthy cooking guide, but these recipes hold special appeal amongst the kids in all of us. Gather the whole family around to enjoy these southwest recipes.

Cowboy Beans

Homemade Chicken and Dumplings Soup

Cowboy Candy Corn Bread

One Pot Poor Man's Potato Hash

Vegan Cowgirl Baked Beans

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