Best Recipe For Kentucky Burgoo (Gluten-Free Recipe)

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Last Updated on January 2, 2024

So, you went to the Kentucky Derby and were amazed by the Kentucky Burgoo? – You are not alone! This is a delicious dish that will make your taste buds scream for more.

But, did you know that you can make authentic Kentucky Burgoo at home? And also, Gluten-Free?

So, you went to the Kentucky Derby and were amazed by the Kentucky Burgoo? – You are not alone! This is a delicious dish that will make your taste buds scream for more.

Yep, all you need is the right ingredients, and probably some of the secrets that will make the original Kentucky Burgoo recipe we all know and love from the races. This is one of the most popular dishes in Kentucky, usually served in the racetracks during thoroughbred races.

So, roll up your sleeves, grab your cooking utensils, and let’s cook up a storm in the kitchen! This can bring your Kentucky Derby to your home, and all you’ll need to do is make a Mint Julep and place some bets before the race.

But before that, let’s learn how to make Gluten-Free Burgoo.

Embrace the Essence of Burgoo

All right, let’s talk about Burgoo for a moment. What is this and why it is so popular?

The Burgoo is a stew that has been a beloved classic in Kentucky for as long as anyone can remember. 

Traditionally, it’s a delightful medley of meats, veggies, and spices that come together in a symphony of flavors and textures that’ll warm you right up. But we’re putting our own twist on it today by making it gluten-free, so everyone can join in on the deliciousness!

And don’t worry! All the ingredients can be found in your local store and you don’t need anything fancy despite the Kentucky Derby being a prestigious race.


  • 1 lb  beef, cubed
  • 1/2 lb boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 lb  lamb sirloin, cubed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups gluten-free chicken broth
  • 1 (28 oz) can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced potatoes
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup frozen lima beans
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • (or a mix of frozen vegetables)
  • 1/3 cup of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce (just make sure it’s gluten-free)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme and crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make the Perfect Gluten-Free Burgoo at Home

Now that you know all the ingredients, let’s learn how the make the Burgoo at home.

  1. Grab yourself a big pot or Dutch oven, and heat up some olive oil over medium-high heat. Once that oil’s sizzling’, go ahead and toss in the beef, chicken, and pork. Brown those meats up really nice, and then set them aside for a bit.
  1. Now, let’s sauté the chopped onion and minced garlic in that same pot. Once you start smelling all fragrant and they look charred and soft, bring the meats back in and reunite ’em with their onion and garlic friends. 
  1. Time for the liquid goodness! Pour in the gluten-free chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, diced carrots, potatoes, celery, bay leaves, dried thyme, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Give it all a good stir, and let it come to a nice, bubbling boil. Usually, all the vegetables including the seasoning are cooked for 1 ½ hours.
  1. Ready for some patience? Now we’re going to turn that heat down low, cover up the pot, and let the stew simmer away for about 1 to 1.5 hours. We want those meats to get all tender and the flavors to mingle like old friends at a hoedown.
  1. While the magic’s happening, let’s make our thickening slurry. In a separate bowl, mix together the gluten-free flour and water until it’s all smooth and creamy. Once the stew’s been simmering away for a while, slowly add that slurry in while stirring’ like a champ. Watch that stew get all nice and thick – that’s the ticket!
  1. Almost there, folks! Toss in the frozen lima beans, corn, and peas, and let ’em join the party. Cook it all up for another 10 minutes or so, until those veggies are tender and the Burgoo’s looking just right.

Now, give it a taste and season to your heart’s content. Oh, and don’t forget to fish out those bay leaves before serving.

And that’s it!

You have the ultimate Kentucky Burgoo dish in the comforts of your home! It is a simple dish that might become your all-time favorite, so you have to try it!

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