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Large Family Instant Pot Cowboy Casserole

  • Author: Jamerrill Stewart


Your family will love this hearty Cowboy Casserole that comes together in your favorite large size electric pressure cooker!


4 lbs. ground beef, browned

3 pounds red potatoes, scrubbed and quartered

1 onion, chopped

1 can (10 oz.) tomatoes with diced peppers

1 can (15.5 oz.) kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 tsp chili powder

2 tsp cumin

1/4 c. water, plus minimum required by your pressure cooker manufacturer

salt and pepper, to taste

2 c. shredded sharp cheddar cheese


I use my 8 qt Instant Pot or 14 qt Go Wise Pressure Cooker for this recipe. This recipe requires the pot in pot method. If you do not have a pot to place inside the pressure cooker pot, create a sling using aluminum foil.

Add the minimum required amount of water to the pot liner of your pressure cooker. Add the trivet and sling (or inner pot).

To the sling, place potatoes using salt and pepper to season well.

Top with onion, cooked ground beef, beans, tomatoes, and seasonings. Add 1/4 c. water over the top of the casserole.

Cover the instant pot and set the valve to sealing. Cook on manual or pressure cook setting for 30 minutes. Carefully use the quick release to depressurize the cooker.

Stir the casserole.

Cover with cheese and replace the lid until melted. Serve.


Cook’s Note: Remember that potatoes need a lot of seasoning to avoid a bland dish.