Wild West Themed Dinner and Drinks Menu: A Rootin' Tootin' Feast


Howdy, partners! Welcome to our Wild West themed dinner party! This evening, we’ll rustle up some hearty dishes and cowboy cocktails that will transport you and your guests back to the days of the old frontier. From savoury meats to classic sides and decadent desserts, this menu is designed to create an unforgettable Western experience. So, saddle up and get ready for a feast that's fit for a cowboy!

Embracing the Spirit of the Wild West

A Wild West themed party is all about rustic, hearty fare that’s full of flavour. The food and drinks should reflect the rugged simplicity and bold tastes of the frontier. Think grilled meats, classic sides, and plenty of smoky, spicy flavours. This menu includes a variety of delicious dishes that will make your guests feel like they've stepped into a cowboy campfire cookout.

Appetizers: Western-Style Starters

  1. Cowboy Caviar:
    • Ingredients: 1 can black beans (rinsed and drained), 1 can corn (drained), 1 red bell pepper (chopped), 1/2 red onion (chopped), 1 avocado (chopped), 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, 2 tbsp lime juice, salt and pepper to taste.
    • Instructions: In a large bowl, mix black beans, corn, bell pepper, red onion, avocado, and cilantro. Add lime juice, salt, and pepper. Toss to combine and serve with tortilla chips.
  2. Buffalo Wings:
    • Ingredients: 2 lbs chicken wings, 1/2 cup hot sauce, 1/4 cup butter, 1 tbsp vinegar, 1 tsp garlic powder, celery sticks and blue cheese dressing for serving.
    • Instructions: Preheat oven to 400°F. Arrange wings on a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes until crispy. In a saucepan, melt butter and mix in hot sauce, vinegar, and garlic powder. Toss cooked wings in the sauce. Serve with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing.

Main Courses: Hearty Frontier Fare

  1. BBQ Brisket:
    • Ingredients: 4-5 lbs beef brisket, 1 cup BBQ sauce, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 2 tbsp paprika, 1 tbsp garlic powder, 1 tbsp onion powder, salt and pepper to taste.
    • Instructions: Preheat oven to 300°F. Mix brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Rub mixture onto brisket. Place brisket in a roasting pan, cover with foil and bake for 4-5 hours until tender. Baste with BBQ sauce during the last hour of cooking. Let rest before slicing.
  2. Cowboy Chilli:
    • Ingredients: 1 lb ground beef, 1 onion (chopped), 2 cloves garlic (minced), 1 can kidney beans (drained), 1 can diced tomatoes, 2 tbsp chilli powder, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp paprika, salt and pepper to taste.
    • Instructions: In a large pot, cook ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until beef is browned. Drain fat. Add kidney beans, diced tomatoes, chilli powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Serve hot with cornbread.

Sides: Classic Cowboy Accompaniments

  1. Baked Beans:
    • Ingredients: 2 cans baked beans, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup ketchup, 1 tbsp mustard, 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 cup chopped bacon.
    • Instructions: Preheat oven to 350°F. In a baking dish, mix baked beans, brown sugar, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and bacon. Bake for 45 minutes until bubbly.
  2. Cornbread:
    • Ingredients: 1 cup cornmeal, 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tbsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 cup milk, 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 1 egg.
    • Instructions: Preheat oven to 400°F. In a bowl, mix cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, mix milk, vegetable oil, and egg. Combine wet and dry ingredients and pour into a greased baking dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

Desserts: Sweet Western Treats

  1. Apple Pie:
    • Ingredients: 6 cups sliced apples, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp flour, 1 package pie crusts.
    • Instructions: Preheat oven to 425°F. In a bowl, mix apples, sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and flour. Place one pie crust in a pie dish. Fill with apple mixture. Top with second pie crust, seal edges, and cut slits for ventilation. Bake for 45-50 minutes until golden brown.
  2. Cowboy Cookies:
    • Ingredients: 1 cup butter (softened), 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup white sugar, 2 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 2 cups rolled oats, 1 cup chocolate chips, 1 cup chopped pecans.
    • Instructions: Preheat oven to 350°F. In a bowl, cream butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Stir in oats, chocolate chips, and pecans. Place a spoonful onto a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.

Drinks: Cowboy Cocktails and More

  1. Sarsaparilla:
    • Ingredients: 1 bottle of sarsaparilla soda, ice, lemon slices for garnish.
    • Instructions: Pour sarsaparilla soda over ice in a glass. Garnish with a lemon slice.
  2. Whiskey Sour (Alcoholic Option):
    • Ingredients: 2 oz bourbon whiskey, 1 oz lemon juice, 1/2 oz simple syrup, ice, cherry and orange slice for garnish.
    • Instructions: In a shaker, combine bourbon, lemon juice, and simple syrup with ice. Shake well and strain into a glass over ice. Garnish with a cherry and orange slice.
  3. Cactus Cooler (Alcoholic Option):
    • Ingredients: 1 oz peach schnapps, 1 oz orange vodka, 2 oz energy drink, a splash of orange juice, ice.
    • Instructions: In a glass, combine peach schnapps, orange vodka, energy drink, and a splash of orange juice over ice. Stir gently and serve.


A Wild West themed dinner party is a fantastic way to bring the rugged charm and hearty flavours of the frontier to your home. With this menu, you can create a delicious and fun experience that will delight your guests and make your party a memorable event. Enjoy the food, the drinks, and the cowboy atmosphere!


Can I prepare these dishes in advance? Yes, many of these items can be prepared ahead of time, allowing you to focus on hosting during the party.

Are there non-alcoholic options for Wild West drinks? In addition to the Sarsaparilla, you can offer a variety of non-alcoholic drinks like iced tea, lemonade, or even a non-alcoholic punch to keep all guests refreshed and happy.

How can I cater to dietary restrictions with a Wild West menu? Offer a variety of dishes, including vegetarian options like Cowboy Caviar and Cornbread.

What's the best way to serve the food at a Wild West themed party? Buffet-style serving works well, allowing guests to sample a variety of foods and go back for more as they please.

How can I make the party more interactive with the food and drinks? To make the party more interactive, consider setting up food stations where guests can assemble their own chilli bowls or have a photo booth! You can also include Wild West-themed games and activities to keep everyone entertained, such as a cowboy hat decorating contest or a line dancing session. These can all be done during or in between game rounds!