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Easy Kentucky Burgoo

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1 Hr 50 Min

Burgoo is a big favorite for Kentucky Derby-watching parties, and our version of Easy Kentucky Burgoo make this hearty stew even simpler to pull off. And whether for the big race or anytime at all, it's a one-pot that always satisfies.

What You'll Need:
  • 1 (3-pound) chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 pound beef top round, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 (16-ounce) packages frozen vegetable gumbo mix, thawed
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
What To Do:
  1. In a soup pot, combine chicken, beef, broth, and pepper; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover loosely, and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add vegetable gumbo mix and tomato paste. Increase heat to medium-high and return to a boil. Let boil 25 to 30 minutes, or until thick, stirring occasionally.
  • If you can't find gumbo mix, you can substitute with 3 cups frozen okra, 3 cups frozen corn, a small green bell pepper, chopped, and a small onion, chopped.
  • For a really authentic Kentucky Derby experience, why not serve this with our Mint Julep Iced Tea and our Bourbon Parfait!

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I live in Daviess County, KY, the home of the best BURGOO created, and my rating for this recipe would be a minus 100. The only veggies in real burgoo are potatoes, onions, cabbage, corn and tomatoes, all ground except for the corn, the tomatoes crushed, chicken and beef are okay, both cooked, broth saved, both de-fatted, ground or shredded, and all cooked over an open fire pit for about 20 hours, stirring constantly until done. Spices are salt, black pepper, and Worcestershire sauce, with vinegar added at just the right amount, and just the right time. Brown sugar to cut the acid of the tomatoes, and cooked in 60 gallon kettles. And keep the pork out of there. It adds unwanted grease. You are messing with a sacred recipe here, and in my personal opinion, you have really blown it by using a knock off recipe from the KY Derby, where they don't have the slightest idea how real burgoo is made. They should stick to their mint juleps and KY brown sammy, and leave the burgoo to people who know what we are talking about.

Before posting a recipe, please do your homework first. This is NOT Kentucky Burgoo! Real burgoo contains smoked mutton, tomatoes, potatoes, corn. We in Owensboro, KY take offense that you would post something of this sort, claiming that it is burgoo. We take such pride in the making of real authentic burgoo. Every catholic church in Owensboro has a church picnic each year, all featuring burgoo that people come from miles and miles, standing in line to get this delicious soup. It usually sells $18.00-$20.00 a gallon. It's a huge money maker for our churches and there are teams that enter our BBQ fest each year for the best burgoo. So, please, please don't insult us with posting a recipe of chicken and mixed vegetables as that of Kentucky burgoo. There is no such thing as "quick" burgoo. It's an art that very few truly know how to make. If you really want to know what real burgoo is, please call Moonlite BBQ or Old Hickory restaurants to get the real lowdown.

YAY, You know what you are talking about. I just posted almost the same answer.

We usually have plenty of pork in the freezer, can I use that instead of the beef?

Absolutely - we think pork would work wonderfully in this recipe!

I made this today and varied it a bit to suit my taste and use what was available....I used 2 pounds of chicken drumsticks instead of a cut-up chicken, and used sirloin instead of round. I then used a bag of mixed vegetables, 2 cups of okra, and about 1/4 cup of chopped onion. The cook times worked well and in the end it was YUMMY!

we had this for our Derby party and it was great. Thanks Mr. Food for the recipe.

sound really good fixing it this weekend parfait also


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