Beef or Turkey Cowboy Stew - Instapot modifications

Cowboy Stew

This has been a family favorite since I was very young. It is simple and a crowd pleaser. Even my kids love it! It was a recipe my dad would often make. After he passed away I found it handwritten all over his house. It was bittersweet making this again and will always remind me of him.

This makes a lot. Leftovers taste even better the next day, and you can also freeze it then thaw and re-heat heat when you're ready to eat it.

1 - 1.5 lbs ground beef, or turkey
1 large Onion, chopped
2 Cloves Garlic, chopped or 1 tsp prepared garlic
1 can corn DO NOT DRAIN or 1 cup frozen corn
1 can stewed tomatoes, cut up tomatoes with kitchen shears
2 cans ranch style beans, also known as chili beans
2 Tbsp Chili Powder (this gives it flavor - add more after it cooks if it needs it)
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
pinch cayenne (optional)
4-5 small potatoes, scrubbed/washed, and diced (or 3 larger potatoes- you can peel them if you want to)
Black pepper - approx 1/2 tsp
4 Cans of water (use the bean cans to rinse out)


In a heavy soup pot, saute meat until almost no pink remains; strain and rinse meat in a colander (this step can be omitted if using lean ground beef or lean turkey). Return meat to the soup pot. Add onions and saute for about 5 more minutes or until onions are opaque. Add in garlic and cook for a minute or so more. Add salt, chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, pepper, corn, beans, tomatoes, and 3-4 Cans of water.  Bring to a boil. Drop in potatoes and cook 10-20 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender but do not fall apart. When the potatoes are done, taste the stew and add more salt if needed.

*If you are going to freeze it, do not overcook the potatoes because they will cook when you reheat the stew.

Instapot version: saute meat and onion in the pressure cooker on saute. Add the remaining ingredients. Cook on manual, high pressure for 3 minutes. Natural release.

You can also add diced carrot to increase the veggies. I have tried it that way and like it :)

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