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Instant Pot Cowboy Potatoes

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  • Author: 365 Days of Slow and Pressure Cooking
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes (plus 10 minute NPR)
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Baked potatoes with a meat and bean topping and then finished off with sour cream, cheese and bacon. 


  • 1 pound cubes of pork or beef
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 cup chicken or beef broth
  • 6 Russet potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1 (15 oz) can chili beans
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • Toppings: butter, salt and pepper, sour cream, shredded cheese, bacon crumbles, green onions or chives


  1. Add meat into Instant Pot. Sprinkle it with the pepper, salt, paprika and liquid smoke. Pour in the broth.
  2. Place a tall trivet into the pot and lay the potatoes on top of the trivet. 
  3. Cover Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 20 minutes. When time is up let pot sit for 10 minutes and then move valve to venting. Remove the lid.
  4. Use tongs to place the potatoes on a plate. Remove the trivet. Stir the chili beans and barbecue sauce into the pot. Stir together cornstarch and 3 Tbsp of water together in a small bowl until smooth. Stir the cornstarch slurry into the pot. Turn Instant Pot to saute setting. Once mixture has thickened turn off the pot. 
  5. Place a potato on each plate. Open the potato and top it with the bbq meat mixture. Top potato with desired toppings. Eat and enjoy!


I used 1 pound of pork carnitas meat that I cut into cubes. You can also use beef stew meat.

  • Method: Instant Pot