The Chuckwagon – Western Recipes

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Venison Parmesan Over Pasta


  • 6 thinly cut steaks of Venison tenderloin
  • 1 C Italian bread crumbs
  • 2 lg eggs beaten with 1 tbsp Milk
  • Olive oil
  • 2 C Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Jar Spaghetti Sauce or homemade sauce
  • 1 lb long, thin spagetti pasta
  • 1/4 C Parmesean cheese

Place enough oil in the bottom of a frying pan to coat (about 1/4 inch deep). Heat oil on Med-Low setting. Dredge steaks first in bread crumbs, then egg, then bread crumbs again. Place steaks in heated oil and pan fry until both sides are browned. Then, drain excess oil from the steaks. Next, coat the bottom of a 9 x 11 baking pan with a thin layer of spaghetti sauce and place steaks on the bottom, then, add another layer of sauce over the breaded steaks. Finally, sprinkle Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese liberally on top. Bake in a preheated oven set at 375o until mozzarella cheese is golden brown on top. Serve over long spaghetti.

Old West Sourdough Biscuits


  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 1/3 cup milk

Combine dry ingredients in bowl; mix. Cut in shortening until it looks like coarse meal. Add sourdough starter to milk. Stir with fork until moist. Do not over-stir. Turn dough out on lightly floured board, then gently pat into a 10-inch circle. Cut; place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 450 degrees F for 12 minutes.

Wagon Train Biscuits


  •  2 cups flour
  •  4 teaspoons sugar
  •  2 teaspoons salt
  •  1 teaspoon soda
  •  4 teaspoons baking powder
  •  2/3 cup (lard) shortening
  •  2/3 cup buttermilk

Measure all dry ingredients and place into a large bowl. Cut in shortening thoroughly, until mixture looks like meal. Stir in buttermilk.

If dough is not pliable, add just enough buttermilk to make a soft, puffy, easy-to-roll dough. Round up dough on lightly floured cloth-covered board. Knead lightly 20 to 25 times, about 1 minute. Roll out until 3/4 inch thick. Cut with floured biscuit cutter (you could also use a glass). Place on greased cookie sheet. Bake in a 450 degree oven for about 10 to 12 minutes.

Kathy’s Green Chili (Yup, that’s Kathy of Legends of America.)


  • Lard
  • Flour
  • 2-3 lb pork tenderloin
  • 1 – 15oz can stewed or diced tomatoes
  • 2 – 8oz cans chopped green chilies
  • 3-4 whole jalapenos
  • large onion
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 cloves of garlic (or to taste)
  • 1- 15 oz can refried beans (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 cans chicken stock

Slice pork into small pieces and brown with garlic and 1/4 diced onion in lard. Add flour towards the end for thickener. Then add 3-4 cups of water, one can of chicken stock, and salt and pepper. Cook several hours until pork begins to fall apart. Chop remaining onion, slice whole jalapenos into thirds, and add with all other ingredients. This will cook for several more hours on low heat. Be cautious as the chili easily sticks to the bottom of the pan. Taste periodically for “hotness” of the jalapenos, and depending upon taste, remove when when to your desired “heat.” When close to complete, if the chili is too thin, remove about two cups liquid in a bowl, whisk in more flour for thickening, and return to the chili. Serve with flour tortillas. Great poured over burritos.

Range Riders Stew


  • 1/2 lb green cooking Apples
  • 5 Tbsp Butter
  • 3/4 lb Beef already cooked
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • dash Nutmeg
  • 1/4 lb Onions sliced
  • Salt
  • 3 lbs cooked sliced Potatoes
  • pepper
  • 3 cups gravy

Add Onions to melted Butter band brown, remove Onion rings, melt rest of Butter and saute Apple slices. Layer 1/3 of Potatoes, Meat, onion rings and Apples. Season with Salt, Nutmeg and Pepper. Repeat layering until all ingredients are used. Pour gravy over top. Butter breadcrumbs and layer over all. Bake @ 350°F for 1 hour.

Compiled and edited by Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, updated October, 2017

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9 thoughts on “The Chuckwagon – Western Recipes”

  1. Hi,
    Me and my family are planning a self made trip in West USA and we would like to have a dinner like a “real old west bivouac under the stars” (or chuck wagon cooking?).
    Someone can advise me if there are some places that organize this kind of events? Or can you give me information about it?
    Thank you so much for all your advice
    Kind Regards
    Enrico from Italy

    1. The Rattlesnake camp grounds in Alabama is putting on trail rides and Chuck wagon cooking next weekend starts Thursday 21st

    2. Ciao Enrico! Many years ago (about 1997 when my son was 11), we took a trip out West and stayed at a great little place near Chimney Rock near Scots Bluff, Nebraska on the Oregon Trail. I think it was this place (from the description):Oregon Trail Wagon Train at the Base of Chimney Rock near Bayard , Bayard, NE 69334 –(308) 586-1850 / See Description at: There is also a museum in Scot’s Bluff and hiking trails and Carhenge is not too far away. We stayed in a log cabin that had a chuckwagon meal cooked outdoors along with a cowboy sing-along. They also had a Conestoga wagon (both day and overnight) trips out to Chimney Rock. If you want to stand in the ruts of the Oregon Trail and take a Conestoga ride to Chimney Rock, this is a great location to stop! I did see some other websites that offer camping in Conestoga wagons by doing a search for Conestoga Wagon trips in western USA. There were some in Utah and Yosemite. Good luck and hope you enjoy your trip to the “Wild West”!

    3. Bar D Ranch in Durango, CO. A little dude ranchy/touristy but a whole lotta fun with a cowboy band to boot. Dave S

    4. See Beautiful Jackson Hole Wyoming! The “Bar J Chuckwagon” and the “Bar T 5” are authentic Chuckwagon experiences. Both include amazing food and family fun entertainment! (Old western music/comedy)

  2. These recipes are fantastic and excellent. I’m a senior and watch all the Old Westerns as I grew up on a ranch so being on limited income I realized they got by on next to far less than we have today but few went hungry so I wanted a Site Exactly like this for True recipes. My grandparents were ranchers over and over so it all fits. Wonderful!
    Thank you.

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