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Booyah stew in a blue Dutch oven.

Booyah Stew

Hearty comfort food at its midwestern best, this Booyah Stew is a chicken and beef stew that deserves the starring role as part of your potluck or tailgate menu.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Belgian, Wisconsin
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 10 servings (2 cups each)
Calories 457kcal


For the broth:

For the stew:

  • 4 cups cabbage shredded (from 1 small head)
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes undrained
  • 8 ounces rutabaga peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (1-2 small, see note 3)
  • 1 pound russet potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (1 large)
  • 3 large carrots peeled and sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • lemon juice for serving, optional (see note 4)


To make the broth:

  • Pat beef and chicken dry with paper towels and season on both sides with salt and pepper.
  • In a large Dutch oven or large stockpot (at least 5 1/2 quarts), heat olive oil until just smoking. Add beef and cook, flipping occasionally, until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes total. Remove from pot and set aside. 
  • Add the chicken to the pot and cook, flipping occasionally, until browned on both sides, about 10 minutes total. Remove from pot set aside. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, remove and discard skin. Do not drain fat from pot.
  • In the same pot, reheat rendered fat over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onions and celery, and cook until softened, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Stir in broth and bay leaves, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot. Add back short ribs and chicken, and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until chicken is 175 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, about 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Remove chicken from pot. When chicken is cool enough to handle, remove and discard bones. Shred chicken into bite-sized pieces. Cover and refrigerate chicken.
  • Continue cooking the stew until the beef is tender, about 75 to 90 minutes longer. Remove beef from pot. When beef is cool enough to handle, remove and discard fat, bones, and any inedible connective tissue. 
  • Strain broth through a fine-mesh strainer, discarding solids. Allow liquid to settle, about 5 minutes, then skim off fat and return liquid to pot (expect 1-2 cups of fat; see note 3).

To make the stew:

  • To the pot with the broth, add the shredded beef, cabbage, diced tomatoes and juice, rutabaga, potato, and carrots. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until all vegetables are tender, 30 to 35 minutes. 
  • Add chicken and peas and cook until heated through, stirring occasionally. Season to taste with salt and pepper (I like ate least 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper, and sometimes I add more). Serve with fresh lemon wedges if desired.



  1. Bone-in short ribs and chicken thighs: The bones lend a thick, luscious consistency to the homemade broth. After cooking the beef, be sure to remove any extraneous cartilage before shredding; leaving that in can make some bites too chewy to consume.
  2. Chicken broth: You'll need 8 cups of chicken broth, which is about 4 small cans or 2 large cartons of store-bought. If you're really feeling ambitious, feel free to start with Homemade Chicken Broth.
  3. Rutabaga: Not a fan of this root vegetable? Leave it out and add an extra potato.
  4. Lemon wedges: These are optional, but highly recommended; squeeze on just prior to serving for a welcome burst of acidity and brightness.
  5. Yield: This recipe will make about 5 quarts (20 cups!) of stew, enough for 10 generous 2-cup servings.
  6. Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  7. Make ahead: The broth can be made a day or two in advance. It's much easier to scrape excess fat off the top of the broth when it's chilled.
  8. Freezer: Cool and package into freezer-safe containers. Label, date, and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.


Serving: 2cups | Calories: 457kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 847mg | Potassium: 1098mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3313IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 4mg