Cowboy's Meal

A lightened up skillet meal full of perfectly seasoned ground beef, potatoes, corn, and pinto beans. 

Course Main Course
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 8
Author Star


  • 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 tbs vegetable oil
  • 6 cups frozen hash brown potatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped (optional)
  • 1 15.5 ounce can pinto beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 15.5 ounce can corn drained

Optional (for toppings and extra deliciousness)

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


  1. 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 potatoes. 

  2. In a large 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.

  3. Add 3 tbs oil to the skillet and heat. Add hash browns, 1 tsp kosher salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, and 1 tsp garlic powder.  and 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)

  4. Add can of corn and pinto beans to potatoes. Gently stir the mixture together and cook for a few minutes. 

  5. 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! 

Recipe Notes

Suggested Serving Size: 1 and 1/4 cup

5 Freestyle Smart Points (calculated with Weight Watchers Recipe Builder)

280 calories 10g fat, 2g saturated fat, 30g carbohydrates, 5g fiber, 2.5g sugar, 16g protein (calculated with My Fitness Pal) 

7 Points Plus (former Weight Watchers plan,calculated using nutritional info with My Score Plus)