Easy Kentucky Burgoo


Easy Kentucky Burgoo

Easy Kentucky Burgoo
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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When serving this do you leave the chicken on the bones and serve or remove from the bones before serving?

Hello! We typically serve this still on the bone. :)

best Burgoo I have ever tasted !!!!

nice recipes

And here all this time I thought burgoo was squirrel stew!

Man I don't think I have seen so many sensitive people as I did just now. I think some people need to take a chill pill and calm down. As with many recipes there are many different ways to make recipes and all of the recipes on this site are made to change up how you want it made and spiced. Every one has different tastes. As for me and my family we will make it according to Mr. Foods recipe and then change it next time to our taste. Thank you, keep up the good work Mr. Food.

The first word Easy says it all. Easy and Kentucky Burgoo should not be used in the same recipe.

I live in Daviess County KY the home of the best BURGOO created and my rating for this recipe would be a minus 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 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 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'tRead More 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

Well here I am a year later and didn't someone have TOUCHY TOUCHY feelings when this came out?

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 - 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 youRead More 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.

Same, PART II---see above. I guess if you live in Kentucky, you WEAR YOUR FEELINGS ON YOUR SLEEVE! Good gosh!

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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