Cowboy stew in a blue bowl.

My Sister’s Cowboy Stew In The Instant Pot

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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?

A blue bowl filled with My Sister's Cowboy Stew In The Instant Pot.

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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.

Some appliances are worth tender care.

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 are on my blog with instructions on using the Instant Pot. I like turning regular stove-top and oven dishes into Instant Pot recipes. It’s fun to see how many steps I can eliminate. Give these recipes a try. They’re easy!

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.

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Cowboy stew in a blue bowl.

My Sister’s Cowboy Stew In The Instant Pot

This chili-like stew with potatoes, corn, ranch beans, and green chilies has a kick of a southwestern dish. It’s good with a hunk of cheese and tortilla chips or served with a salad and buttered bread.

  • Total Time: 45 minutes



11/2 pounds ground beef, chuck

1 medium onion, chopped

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed

1 cup water

1 (16 oz.) can diced tomatoes, undrained

1 (10 3/4 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.

Stovetop Method

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.

  • Author: Louisiana Woman
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes

Keywords: cowboy stew

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  1. I did and I love it! I made red beans in 30 minutes recently but they weren’t creamy like I like them so I then used the slow cooker feature for about 2 hours. Perfect! And all without soaking the night before. Chili in 40 minutes! It’s fabulous!

  2. I am about to cook this……. I know Steve will love it because he is a little under the weather. Hot soup will be great for supper. The only thing that would be better, is if Kay was here to cook it with me…..

  3. Well, I cooked this recipe… It was a huge hit with my family… Super easy and the taste was great! I totally recommend on a cold night!!!

    • Thanks! We are having this tonight on this cool early spring night. It’s our family favorite, too!

  4. Pulled about a half of a potato out from the recipe and subbed in some fresh sliced mushrooms. Added a bit more seasoning and a packet of taco meat seasoning. Perfect. Definitely putting this one in the rotation.

    • Sounds delicious with those fresh mushrooms and taco seasoning added. I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks for letting me know!

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