Cowboy Casserole

This Cowboy Casserole is the best comfort food and a dinner the whole family will love. Even the picky eaters will love this tater tot inspired meal. It's easy to make and tastes delicious.

I had never had “Cowboy Casserole” (aka Tater Tot Casserole) until after I met my husband. Whenever he is in charge of the meal, this is his go-to dish.

He asked why I hadn’t put it on the blog yet, so I decided to share this easy “comfort” food with you.

how to make cowboy casserole

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375°.

Step 2: In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until beef is no longer pink.

Step 3: Drain grease, then stir in the corn, soup, 1/2 cup cheese, milk, sour cream, and seasonings.

Step 4: Pour beef mixture into a 9×13″ baking pan.

Step 5: Top with frozen tater tots (try to keep them in a single layer) and then sprinkle remaining cheese on top.

We have never had a problem with our tater tots going soggy, but we have had friends and family cook their tater tots separately then added them a little before it is finished baking.

They also add the cheese on top to finish the baking.

Step 6: Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and tater tots are thoroughly cooked and golden brown.

A recipe the whole family will love

If you have picky eaters, this recipe is for you. My kids that refuse to eat anything but mac n cheese and chicken nuggets, devour this dish.

My husband loves the meat in this, mixed with the potatoes. Could it get more manly than that?

My family also likes to drizzle ketchup or barbecue sauce over the casserole when eating. This is optional but also delicious. It may also help the picky eaters give it a try.

Could Cowboy Casserole be a made into a freezer meal?

This recipe could most definitely be made into a freezer meal. Assemble the casserole as you would before cooking.

Wrap it neatly and tight with multiple layers of aluminum foil and saran wrap to avoid frost and freezer burn as much as possible.

We would recommend eating this within 3-4 months of making.

 

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Serves: 6

Cowboy Casserole

This casserole is one of my husband's favorites - he has loved it since childhood!

12 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

42 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1 (15 oz) can corn, drained
  • 1 (10.75 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (16-20 oz) bag frozen tater tots

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until beef is no longer pink.
  3. Drain grease, then stir in the corn, soup, 1/2 cup cheese, milk, sour cream, and seasonings.
  4. Pour beef mixture into a 9x13" baking pan.
  5. Top with frozen tater tots (try to keep them in a single layer) and then sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
  6. Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and tater tots are thoroughly cooked.
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34 Responses to “Cowboy Casserole”

  1. Hi ladies! Love the simplicity and deliciousness of how this recipe looks, but before I make it, I want to confirm a step: I do drain the meat once browned, right? I know that's "a given", but I always ask because I *have* had a few that said No, because there was a purpose for not doing so. Thanks!
    • Deanna Cole
      We make a version of this that is found in the Dump Casserole cookbook - but is also fondly called the Tater Tot Casserole. We use Cream of Chicken, and instead of onions, we use 1/2 a packet of Lipton Onion Soup mix and pour over the cooked hamburger and cream of chicken soup mix. I've also switched it up and used beef gravy or chicken gravy instead of the soup. And to even switch up the tater tot idea even more, we changed the meat, and changed the "sauce"/"gravy". For example, I used diced ham, and made a cheese sauce, then topped w the tater tots. And another version I used chicken and used an alfredo sauce, and topped w tater tots. Of course we change things up w different cheeses each time.
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  2. This has become my family's favorite dish. However, since we don't eat beef, I make it with ground turkey and it's just great. Also, we don't do dairy for the most part, so I've substituted Tofu sour cream, almond milk and non-dairy (Dayia) shredded cheddar cheese. All work perfectly. I've always made it with Cream of Mushroom soup (I know it has some dairy in it) but I'll try it with Cream of Chicken soup next time. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
  3. Angelica Romero
    I made this casserole with the assumption that my kids (picky teens) might not like it. They loved it! Even the hubby was lovin it! They asked if I could make it at least once a week. Big win! It's so easy to make. Wouldn't change a thing in the recipe.

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