How about a bowl of Cowboy Stew to warm things up form the cold? And what about making it in the Instant Pot pressure cooker to make things quick and simple?
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My Instant Pot, My Friend
I don't know about you but as the temperatures drop, we tend to crave more soups and stews to keep us warm and satisfy our hunger. This is when I find myself more than ever reaching for my Instant Pot. That pot is a faithful friend! I know some of you are afraid of it, but don't be. It can become your friend, too.
The Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, and even a yogurt maker that if used correctly can assist you in preparing quick and easy meals. Recipes for Instant Pot Rolled Round Steak and Va Vite Red Beans and Rice
And now I'd like to introduce to you my sister's Cowboy Stew ... and my sister!
Eleanor is the real horsewoman in this picture. (Notice my horse is plastic, but I could really rock on it!) She's the one who inherited our dad's passion for horses and cattle. Together she and her husband, Chee Chee, raised 3 boys to have that same enthusiasm and it's been interesting to watch their achievements in life. I only wish daddy could have lived to see their accomplishments all the way from showing sheep in 4-H to the pro rodeo finals in Vegas. He would have loved every minute of it!
When I asked El where she found this Cowboy Stew recipe she wasn't sure, but she figured it would feed a lot of hungry cowboys. Lord knows she's fed a many of them! This stew has more hardiness than chili with its ingredients of potatoes, ranch beans, and corn. The added green chilies give it that southwestern taste. Yum!
If you don't have a pressure cooker you can alter these directions to stovetop cooking. You can even put all of the ingredients into a slow cooker after browning the ground meat and let it stew all day until meal time. The only thing I recommend is that you add another cup of water when cooking it on the stove. Pressure cooking does not need extra liquid since the lid is sealed to keep moisture in. That's what makes it taste so good.
The great thing about this recipe is you can keep most of the ingredients in your pantry for whenever your day calls for a hearty stew that satisfies anyone, even cowboys.Print
1-½ pounds ground beef, chuck
1 medium onion, chopped
½ teaspoon salt
4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 cup water
1 (16 oz.) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (10 ¾ oz.) can tomato soup, undiluted
1 (15 oz.) can Ranch-style beans, undrained
1 (12 oz.) can whole kernel corn, undrained
1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chilies
Turn Instant Pot on to saute setting.
Place meat and onions in the pot and stir meat around until meat is just broken up and still a little pink.
Add salt, potatoes, water, tomatoes, soup, beans, corn and green chilies.
Stir together to mix and seal lid making sure the steam release valve is on seal.
Press manual setting cook for 25 minutes on high.
When cook time is over allow the Instant Pot to release steam naturally or turn the valve to release pressure.
Be sure not to burn yourself from the steam.
Brown ground meat with onions in a large soup pot.
Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer until potatoes are tender.
You can add additional seasoning to suit your taste.
Serve with crackers and chunks of sharp cheddar cheese.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
Keywords: cowboy stew
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