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22 February 2021

This booyah recipe is a meaty, chunky stew popular in the American Midwest made with loads of meats and vegetables simmered low and slow, usually for community gatherings. It is huge on flavor. Learn how to make booyah at home.

We’re cooking up a huge pot of Booyah in the Chili Pepper Madness kitchen, my friends. Would you care for a bowl? If you’ve never heard of booyah before, I believe your in for a blast of flavor.

Booyah is a thick and chunky stew from the American Midwest. It is made with a selection of different meats and vegetables that are cooked low and slow until tender and flavorful.

It’s a classic dish in the United States, hugely popular in the upper Midwest, where you’ll find regional variations, such as Green Bay Booyah from the northeastern Wisconsin.

Booyah is usually made for large community gatherings where the stew is cooked in large booyah kettles in order to feed hundreds at a time. You’ll find it served as church picnics to raise money for causes and other events for the masses.

You can make this in a slow cooker, though I usually cook mine in a cast iron pot or Dutch oven on the stovetop and let it simmer low and slow. Super easy.

Let’s talk about how we make booyah, shall we?

Chunky booyah stew in a bowl

Booyah Ingredients

  • Olive Oil. For cooking down the meats and vegetables.
  • Stew Meat. I use chuck roast, cut into chunks.
  • Boneless Chicken. I am using chicken thighs, cut into chunks.
  • Vegetables. Onion, green peppers, jalapeno peppers, carrots, celery, garlic, potatoes, corn, peas, green beans, cabbage. You can use others.
  • Stock. Use chicken stock or beef stock.
  • Crushed Tomatoes. Canned or fresh tomatoes are good here.
  • Seasonings. Bay leaves, salt and pepper.
  • Extras. Hot sauce to your personal preference (optional), Worcestershire sauce.

Chunky booyah stew with lots of meat and vegetables

How to Make Booyah – the Recipe Method

Brown the Meats. Heat the olive oil in a very large pot (at least 8 quarts) to medium-high heat. Season the beef and chicken with salt and pepper. Sear them in batches in the pot a few minutes per side to brown them. Remove and set aside.

Cook the First Round of Vegetables. Reduce heat to medium. Add the onion, peppers, carrots, and celery. Cook for 5 minutes to soften. Stir in the garlic and cook another minute until the garlic becomes fragrant.

Simmer the Booyah. Add the chicken stock, crushed tomatoes, hot sauce to taste and bay leaves. Return the browned meats to the pot. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 2 hours.

Add the Second Round of Vegetables and Seasonings. Break apart any larger chunks of meat with forks, if desired. Add the potatoes, cabbage, corn, peas, green beans, and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer for 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are softened and cooked through.

Taste, Adjust and Serve. Taste and adjust for salt and pepper and hot sauce. Serve with extra hot sauce!

Boom! Done! Your big pot of chunky booyah stew is ready to serve! Looks wonderful, doesn’t it? Nice and chunky and full of flavor. I love booyah. So good.

Chunky booyah stew ready to enjoy

Recipe Tips & Notes

  • Other Ingredients. You can use other ingredients to make your booyah, and recipes do vary from cook to cook and from region to region. Popular ones include short rips for the stew meat, vegetables such as rutabaga or parsnips, and flavorings like soy sauce, lemon juice or chicken soup base.
  • Heat Factor. Mild. Booyah is not meant to be a hot and spicy recipe. It’s huge on flavor, but quite mild. You can easily include hotter peppers to give it some kick, but this is a recipe that is perfect for several dashes of your favorite hot sauce.

That’s it, my friends. I hope you enjoy my booyah recipe. Let me know if you make it. I’d love to hear how it turned out for you. This one is loaded with flavor. How are you going to change it up?

Chunky booyah stew in a bowl with a spoon, ready to enjoy

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Booyah Recipe

This booyah recipe is a meaty, chunky stew popular in the American Midwest made with loads of meats and vegetables simmered low and slow, usually for community gatherings.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 40 mins
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef, chicken, one pot, stew
Servings: 18 cups
Calories: 322kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2.5 pounds chuck roast or other stew meat cut into chunks
  • 2.5 pounds boneless chicken thighs cut into chunks
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 large green pepper chopped
  • 2-3 jalapeno peppers chopped (optional, for some spice factor)
  • 3 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery ribs chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 8 cups chicken stock or use beef stock
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes canned or fresh
  • Hot Sauce to taste + more for serving
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1.5 pounds potatoes peeled and diced
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1.5 cups corn frozen or fresh
  • 1.5 cups peas frozen or fresh
  • 1 cup green beans chopped (frozen or fresh)
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a very large pot (at least 8 quarts) to medium-high heat. Season the beef and chicken with salt and pepper. Sear them in batches in the pot a few minutes per side to brown them. Remove and set aside.
  • Reduce the heat to medium. Add the onion, peppers, carrots, and celery. Cook for 5 minutes to soften. Stir in the garlic and cook another minute until the garlic becomes fragrant.
  • Add the chicken stock, crushed tomatoes, hot sauce to taste and bay leaves. Return the browned meats to the pot. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 2 hours.
  • Break apart any larger chunks of meat with forks, if desired.
  • Add the potatoes, cabbage, corn, peas, green beans, and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer for 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are softened and cooked through.
  • Taste and adjust for salt and pepper and hot sauce. Serve with extra hot sauce!

Nutrition

Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 368mg | Potassium: 939mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2044IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 4mg