10 Recipes Inspired By Your Favorite Cowboys

After a hard day’s work on the ranch (or movie set), these cowboys are in need of a hearty meal.

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Inspired By: John Wayne

John Wayne liked beefy, spicy casseroles so much, there’s a recipe named after him! The John Wayne Casserole is a hearty, ground beef casserole made with jalapenos and other Southwestern ingredients. Try our similar recipe and see if you have similar tastes to The Duke.
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Inspired By: The Lone Ranger

Hi-ho, Silver! After a busy day fighting outlaws in the Wild West, the masked hero and his sidekick, Tonto, deserve a big bowl of cowboy chili.

Want to try more recipes inspired by movies? Here, learn how to make Mrs. Maisel’s brisket.

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Inspired By: Ladd Drummond

The Pioneer Woman has won us over with her hearty enchiladas, potato bakes and caramel brownies. She won over her husband with food, too. The first thing she ever made for Ladd when they were dating was linguine with clam sauce. And we bet she still makes it for him today.
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Inspired By: The Cartwrights

The Cartwrights, from the TV show Bonanza, need a hearty meal fit for a cowboy after spending all day tending the ranch. Hungry for more? Learn how to make copycat of Trader Joe’s Cowboy Bark.
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Inspired by: John Wayne

Practically every cowboy (or cowboy actor) has a soft spot for corn bread. John Wayne preferred to make his in a cast-iron skillet (and we don’t blame him!).
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Inspired By: Gene Autry

Known as “America’s Favorite Singing Cowboy,” Gene Autry delighted film, radio and TV audiences with his sweet voice. This Christmas, while listening to him singing classics like, “Here Comes Santa Claus,” and “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” munch on a Wyoming Cowboy Cookie in his honor.

Don’t forget to check out our favorite Ted Lasso’s biscuit recipe.

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Inspired By: Roy Rogers

Another singing cowboy, Roy Rogers was known as the “King of the Cowboys.” We could see his dog, Bullet, begging for a bite of this chuck wagon tortilla stack.
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Inspired By: Ladd Drummond

Who can resist a plateful of hot, saucy wings? Not the Marlboro Man (aka The Pioneer Woman’s husband). Ree especially makes sure these are on the menu for Game Day.
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Inspired By: Marshal Matt Dillon

Dodge City, Kansas would be a very different place if U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon wasn’t there to protect it. After a tough day on the job dealing with outlaws, gunfights and brawls, we bet he’d love to come home to a bowl of cornbread-topped chili.
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Inspired By: John Wayne

Ain’t it funny that one of John Wayne’s most famous movies sounds similar to one of his favorite sides? These True (Cheesy) Grits are a bowl of comfort.

Emily Racette Parulski
Emily has spent the last decade writing and editing food and lifestyle content. As a senior editor at Taste of Home, she leads the newsletter team sharing delicious recipes and helpful cooking tips to more than 2 million loyal email subscribers. Since joining TMB seven years ago as an associate editor, she has worked on special interest publications, launched TMB’s first cross-branded newsletter, supported the launch of the brand's affiliate strategy, orchestrated holiday countdowns, participated in taste tests and was selected for a task force to enhance the Taste of Home community. Emily was first mentioned by name in Taste of Home magazine in 1994, when her mother won a contest. When she’s not editing, Emily can be found in her kitchen baking something sweet, taking a wine class with her husband, or making lasagnas for neighbors through Lasagna Love.