Hopkins County stew

Hopkins County stew | Homesick Texan

In Northeast Texas, there’s a county called Hopkins that is famous for its stew.

The tradition of making Hopkins County Stew harkens back to the late 1800s, when at the end of the school year people would bring vegetables such as corn, tomatoes, and potatoes, along with meats such as squirrel or chicken, and then throw everything into a large cast-iron pot hanging over a fire.

Around this same time, commercial chili powder became popular in Texas and the stew makers soon started shaking this piquant spice blend into the pot. And after a few hours of cooking . . .


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