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Cowboy Soup And The Siberian Express

Updated on February 21, 2015

Quick And Tasty Hot Soup

It's cold! And cold weather calls for a quick and tasty hot soup recipe or three.

Have you noticed the crazy winter weather? Hubber billybuc is basking in temps in the mid-50s in Washington State, andJust Ask Susan is shivering at minus 26 in Canada. Florida chickies Hubbers teaches12345, pstraubie48, and Sunshine 625 are putting socks on with their flip-flops.

Meanwhile, Niagara Falls are frozen over, it's colder in Virginia than Alaska, and some places in extreme North America have had temps colder than Mars. That's cold!

Here in Georgia, the coldest digit I've seen on my computer screen is 8. Yes, eight. I've seen six, but not zero. But hey, what could the difference between six and zero degrees be? Maybe Just Ask Susan could tell us.

Hot soup seemed the way to go this week, so I dug up my mother's recipe for cowboy soup, a southwestern soup that warms you from head to foot.

But why the crazy winter weather?

An Icy Day In Georgia

An ice storm in February,  North Georgia caused school closings and power outages.
An ice storm in February, North Georgia caused school closings and power outages. | Source

Siberian Express, A Polar Vortex

A strong ridge of high pressure is hovering over the western states and Alaska coupled with a deep trough in the eastern half of North America. If you don't know what a trough is (I had to look it up), it's an elongated region of low pressure.

It's called a Polar vortex, or more commonly, the Siberian Express. Winds from Siberia are blowing over the North Pole. Because of the Polar vortex, the winds are being sucked into the Eastern part of North America. Hence, frigid weather, more so than normal, is plaguing the region.

Cowboy Soup Recipe

Cowboy soup is a quick and tasty recipe. Undrained cans of two different beans and meat pack plenty of protein. Venison, beef, or even ground turkey can be used. Try to find low sodium canned veggies, or even prepare dried beans if you have more time. A package of taco seasoning adds plenty of flavor.



  • One pound Meat, Venison, Beef
  • 15 oz can Pinto beans, Undrained
  • 15 oz, can Kidney beans, Undrained
  • 10 oz.can Rotell tomatoes and chili peppers
  • 15 oz. can Whole kernel corn
  • 1/2 cup Diced red onions
  • 1 tsp Minced garlic
  • 1 pkg. Taco seasoning
  • 1 cup water

How To Make Cowboy Soup

  1. Saute chopped onions in olive oil
  2. Add ground meat. Drain off any fat.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients. Add garlic and taco seasoning.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and simmer until serving time,
  5. Top with shredded cheddar. Serve with corn chips.


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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Your recipe is very similar to my recipe for Chilli. I think of Chilli whenever the weather gets chilly! I have been miserable for over a week because of the cold we are having in S. Florida. Yep, I had to put on socks with my flip flops, too. I sleep in my socks!

      Think I'll put the soup pot on right now and make some of your Cowboy Soup.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks Mary. I hope y'all warm up soon!

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Rebecca. This recipe sounds and looks so good. It's a meal in a bowl. I love soups like that, you don't have to serve anything else.

      Thanks for sharing your recipe.

      Blessings to you.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      You are welcome! It's tasty!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I would love to try this soup, minus the beef maybe chicken, voted up

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Definitely the season for soup and this is such a simple recipe! Nicely done Rebecca. I'm sure there'll be some of this soup going around.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Yummy! I will try this one for sure. Yes, this soup recipe is just what we need during this winter weather.

      Up +++ tweeting, pinning and sharing


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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks, Faith Reaper! I am enjoying the soup. Thanks for the pinning and sharing!

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      It is! Quick and easy.Thanks!

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      That's a great idea! Thanks!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Your cowboy soup looks and sounds good to me. It is snowing here with a mixture of ice. The trees are covered with icicles. The temp. is 23. I am so ready for spring. I just talked to a friend in Tampa Fl. and she is freezing. Stay warm. Smiling...

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This sounds really good and I always rinse my ground beef or cook it in water then drain to take out most of the fat so it shouldn't be very fattening either. I love and use taco seasoning in lots of recipes so know that os good too. I will most definitely try this.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I am glad, Jackie. You'll like it!

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      Marilyn L Davis 2 years ago from Georgia

      Good evening, Rebecca; thanks for this great soup recipe and an explanation for why we are having -5 degrees, with windchill in Georgia. I made the soup and it's similar to my Mom's chilli. And it did warm my bones and my heart to remember her. Thanks. ~Marilyn

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      How sweet!

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      Judy Specht 2 years ago from California

      Should I mention even Northern California has been in the high 60's today...This soup looks awesome. Love the picture of the cans. We have all the same brands here:)

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wel Rebecca, it is Summer here in Australia..around 30 degrees Celsius during the day, but I love soup and this one sounds delicious so I may just have to give it a go despite the warm weather.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Well Jodah, I wish I could come over there and eat it with you. lol! We are back in the 50s F. here....for now.

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      Susan Zutautas 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Some pretty crazy weather both our countries are having this year. Alaska is the warmest it's ever been and my friends up there want their cold snowy winter back. Can you imagine wanting it back?

      I've never had Cowboy soup before but it sure sounds good and one my family will enjoy. Going to try your recipe this week.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks, Susan, Stay warm!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Socks on with flip flops, oh my. Things are getting desperate in Florida, aren't they. Loved your humor and yer recipe. This ain't no ordinary soup, pardner. Yee-hah!

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Ha HA. Cute! Thanks so much!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      The perfect soul warming soup to take to the remarkable frozen Niagara Falls. We had a relatively mild winter so far here in the UK, the extreme U. S., weather condition seemed so extraordinary! The soup however, looks delicious.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Does that soup have real Cowboys in it?

      Despite the possible lack of sod busters, looks like it would be a tasty concoction.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      This sounds so full of flavor..much like a chilli dish I prepare but there are enough differences that I will have to give this a try. Pinning sharing and voting up Rebecca.

      Know that Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, we didn't have much call for winter foods this year, but your recipe still sounds delicious. We'll be trying this one for sure.

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      Nell Rose 24 months ago from England

      Hi, it certainly looks good and sounds yummy! another one for my recipe list! love it!

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      Rebecca Mealey 24 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks, Nell Rose!

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      Marlene Bertrand 24 months ago from Northern California, USA

      I have never heard of cowboy soup. It sounds delicious and very easy to throw together on a cool night. I'm going to try it.

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      Peggy Woods 23 months ago from Houston, Texas

      The polar vortex hit our area in Texas also this year and our beautiful crotons dropped all of their leaves even though we were covering them and/or taking them in our garage for the coldest of nights. Fortunately after trimming them back, they are showing signs of sprouting again.

      Your Cowboy Soup recipe sounds good and hearty! Pinning it to my soups board and will share. Yesterday it was 89 degrees here in Houston!

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      Rebecca Mealey 23 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Yay! Sounds like Old Man Winter has left!

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      Patty Inglish 23 months ago from North America

      I like the idea of making this soup with venison! Thanks for the reicipe. It's good for cool April evenings! Rated Up and more!

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      Sandy Mertens 23 months ago from Wisconsin

      This looks real good. After looking over the recipe, it is something I would like to make.

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      Kristen Howe 23 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      I never heard of cowboy soup, Rebecca. But this looks delicious to try next winter. Voted up for useful!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 23 months ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rebecca, this sounds such a hearty soup great for our cold days in Ireland! We have had a lovely spell of sunny warm weather but if and WHEN it turns this will be a winner! Thanks for this easy healthy dish.

      Hope all is good with you in Georgia!

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      torrilynn 22 months ago

      I don't think I've ever had cowboy soup before. However, I do find that a cold environment and hot soup compliment each other very well. thanks for the hub. best of wishes

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      Akriti Mattu 22 months ago from Shimla, India

      I'll try this. Thanks for sharing.Voted up

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      Cynthia Calhoun 8 months ago from Western NC

      Mmmmm! This soup with nacho chips - yum yum! It's the heat of summer right now, but this still sounds so good! Add a little sour cream and olives and maybe some avocado for more yumminess - my go-to ingredients for all things beans. Hehehe. Hope you're well and thank you for sharing this!

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      Indian Chef 7 months ago from New Delhi India

      since we hindus do not eat beef,.. so can it be replaced with mutton or chicken?

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      Rebecca Mealey 6 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I don't see why not. I often use ground turkey or chicken in these types of dishes.

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