A Cowboy’s Supper

A Cowboy’s Supper (Instant Pot Recipe)–an easy, 10-ingredient, one pot meal with ground beef, potatoes, beans, rotel, corn and cheese.

Note: the SLOW COOKER instructions are listed in the recipe card below

A Cowboy's Supper (Instant Pot Recipe)

A Cowboy’s Supper (Instant Pot Recipe)

This one pot meal might become a favorite at your house! It’s got easy to find ingredients and it comes together quickly. It’s got beef and beans for a cowboy flair. It is hearty and will keep your little cowboys and cowgirls happy and full for hours. Plus you can choose whether to make it earlier in the day in the slow cooker or later in the day with your Instant Pot.

A few notes about the ingredients:

  • Ground Beef–I used a lean ground beef and did not have to drain off any grease because it was really lean to begin with. You can also use ground turkey for this recipe.
  • Onions–hate dicing onions? Me too! Lately I’ve been buying frozen diced onions. There is about 2-3 cups of diced onions in the bag and I buy them on sale for a dollar each. Try it! They work great for my Instant Pot meals.
  • Ranch dressing mix–I’m not talking about ranch dressing. I’m talking about the powdered mix. I like buying a big container of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix at Costco. I use it for all sorts of recipes. Some ideas are Instant Pot Ranch Mashed Potatoes, Instant Pot Ranch Chicken Taco Rice, Instant Pot Wife’s Delight, Instant Pot Beef and Cheddar Ranch Potatoes. It adds lots of flavor to recipes! If you prefer you can make your own from scratch.
  • RotelRotel is the name brand of canned tomatoes with diced green chiles. They come in original, hot or mild. They add lots of flavor to different dishes such as the famous rotel-velveeta dip.
  • Chili beans–Chili beans are something you’ll find in the canned good aisle at your grocery store. I use the Bush’s brand. They are pinto beans in a mild chili-spiked sauce. If you can’t find chili beans, look for ranch style beans. Or if you’re really in a pinch you can just use a can of drained and rinsed pinto beans (you may need to add more seasonings if you go this route).
  • Corn–I used a couple cups of frozen white sweet corn. I prefer frozen corn over canned corn. It seems to have a sweeter flavor and better plumper texture.
  • Cheese–I used sharp cheddar cheese that I grated off the block. You can use another type of cheese if you’d rather. Try monterey jack or pepper jack cheese!
  • Instant potatoes–dehydrated potato flakes serve as a way to quickly thicken this dish. If you don’t have these on hand, you can leave them out. The dish will just be a bit runny. You can also use a cornstarch slurry to thicken the dish.
A Cowboy's Supper (Instant Pot Recipe)

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A Cowboy's Supper (Instant Pot Recipe)

A Cowboy’s Supper (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Recipe)

  • Author: 365 Days of Slow and Pressure Cooking
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes
  • Total Time: 24 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


An easy, 10-ingredient, one pot meal with ground beef, potatoes, beans, rotel, corn and cheese.



  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 4 Tbsp dry ranch dressing mix, divided (I use Hidden Valley)
  • 1 cup beef or chicken broth (or 1 cup water + 1 tsp better than bouillon)
  • 1 ½ pounds yukon gold potatoes, cut into cubes (peeled or unpeeled)
  • 1 (10 oz) can Rotel (diced tomatoes with green chiles)
  • 2 cups frozen sweet white corn
  • 1 (15 oz) can chili beans
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 23 Tbsp instant potatoes 


Instant Pot Instructions:

  1. Turn Instant Pot to saute setting. When display says HOT add in the beef and break it up*. Add in the onions. Brown for about 5 minutes. Drain any excess grease. Stir in 2 Tbsp of the ranch dressing mix.
  2. Pour the broth into the pot and scrape bottom of pot so that nothing is sticking. Turn off Instant Pot.
  3. Add in the potatoes. Sprinkle remaining 2 Tbsp of ranch dressing mix on top of the potatoes. Dump the rotel, chili beans and corn on top of the potatoes. Don’t stir.
  4. Cover Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 4 minutes. When time is up move valve to venting. Remove the lid.
  5. To thicken stir in 2-3 Tbsp of instant potatoes.
  6. Stir in the cheese.
  7. Scoop into bowls and serve.

Slow Cooker Instructions:

  1. Brown the ground beef and onions in a pan on the stove. Drain excess grease. Add meat and onions into slow cooker.
  2. Stir in ranch dressing mix, potatoes, rotel, chili beans and corn.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours, or until potatoes are tender.
  4. Stir in the cheese.
  5. Scoop into bowls and serve.
  • Category: Beef
  • Method: Instant Pot or Slow Cooker


Brown ground beef with onions


Add in dry ranch dressing mix


Pour in broth and scrape bottom of pot so nothing is sticking


Add in potatoes


Dump rotel on top


Dump a can of chili beans on top


Top with frozen corn. Don’t stir


Pressure cook for 4 minutes


Stir in cheese


To thicken stir in some instant potato flakes. Serve and enjoy!

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