Ultimate Cowboy Casserole
This yummy cowboy casserole recipe will bring your whole family to the table.
If you've ever tasted a cowboy casserole before, you know how extremely delicious it is. Made with ground beef, tater tots, sour cream and more, these beefy casseroles are comfort food defined. This Ultimate Cowboy Casserole recipe is no exception. We call it the "ultimate" because it really is one of the best cowboy casserole recipes we've seen. The tater tots are just the right amount of crispy and the beef tastes so deliciously juicy.
This cowboy casserole will keep your hunger at bay while becoming one of your new favorite dishes. This recipe is hearty enough to make for dinner any night of the week but budget-friendly enough that you'll actually want to. Who can resist the delicious blend of tater tots, ground beef, cheese and cream of mushroom soup all baked, warm, and gooey together in one casserole dish? We can't!
Serve this meal all on its own or whip up a couple of tasty sides (cornbread, anyone?), and watch how quickly the "cows" come home to eat. Try it for dinner tonight and you'll be making it again soon after. It's that good!
Preparation Time20 min
Cooking Time30 min
Recipe CourseMain Course
- 1 1/2 pound ground beef
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 cups frozen corn
- 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
- 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup milk
- 4 tablespoons sour cream
- 1 bag frozen tater tots (30-ounce)
What is Cowboy Casserole?
This tasty, kid-friendly and crazy easy casserole recipe has been making the rounds on the internet for years. Just about everyone has their own verstion of this tot-filled creation.
But, why is it called "cowboy casserole"?
This recipe, like many other old west-inspired faves, is named after buckaroos and rough riders because it's a simple recipe that could be made over the fire. Oftentimes, cowboy casseroles include ingredients like canned beaneds, tater tots, and other store-bought ready-to-go ingredients. It's quick and hearty just like the cowboys would eat!
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Before cooking, allow tater tots to sit on the counter to defrost for an hour or so.
In a large skillet cook the onion, garlic, and beef over medium high head. Cook until meat is no longer pink. until tender and translucent. Drain the mixture and place into a large bowl and set aside.
In a small bowl combine the soup, milk and sour cream. Whisk until smooth. Add to hamburger mixture and stir to combine. Add corn and 1 cup of cheddar cheese. Gently mix to combine.
Spray 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Layer half of the tater tots on the bottom, pour the hamburger mixture over the top and then layer with the other half of the tater tots. Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and bake for 25 - 30 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly.
What to Serve with Cowboy Casserole
If you're making this tater tot casserole for your family, you'll probably be on the lookout for some tasty sides to serve with this recipe. We recommend serving it up with some green veggies to add a healthy flair to the recipe. It's great with a salad, green beans, or broccoli.
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It's a side dish showdown! Which is better: biscuits or cornbread?