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Cowboy's Meal

A lightened up skillet meal full of perfectly seasoned ground beef, potatoes, corn, and pinto beans. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time26 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 8
Author: Star @ the skinny-ish dish


  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder (plus 1 tsp for potatoes)
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt (plus 1 tsp for potatoes)
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 2 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 lb lean ground beef I use 93% lean 7% fat
  • 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 6 cups frozen hash brown potatoes
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro chopped (optional)
  • 1-½ cups pinto beans canned, drained and rinsed
  • 1-½ cups corn canned (drained), fresh, or frozen

Optional (for toppings and extra deliciousness)

  • shredded cheese
  • chopped onions
  • chopped tomatoes
  • chopped cilantro
  • chopped lettuce
  • corn or flour tortillas


  • Stir together garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, cayenne pepper, paprika, cumin, and chili powder. Set aside. Make sure to keep 1 tsp garlic powder and kosher salt set aside for cooking the potatoes. 
  • In a large 12 inch deep hot skillet add ground beef and break up with spatula. When the beef is cooked. Add spice mixture. Stir and cook together for about one minute. Stir in can of tomato sauce. Continue to cook over medium heat for a few minutes. Remove from skillet and set aside in a bowl.
  • Add 3 tbsp oil to the skillet and heat. Add hash browns, 1 tsp kosher salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, and 1 tsp garlic powder.  Cook over medium-high heat until warm and lightly browned.
    (If adding freshly chopped cilantro: Add in the last 2-3 minutes of cooking potatoes)
  • Add corn and pinto beans to potatoes. Gently stir the mixture together and cook for a few minutes until heated through.
  • Add seasoned ground beef back into the skillet and gently stir into the mixture. Serve hot in a bowl or on tortillas with extra toppings of choice! Enjoy! 


Suggested Serving Size: 1 and 1/4 cup

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280 calories 10g fat, 2g saturated fat, 30g carbohydrates, 5g fiber, 2.5g sugar, 16g protein