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Cowboy Casserole

Enjoy cozy world of Cowboy Casserole, where a warm and hearty embrace awaits your taste buds. This recipe expertly blends robust beef, vibrant veggies, and crispy tater tots on top.

Visualize ground beef sizzling in a pan, mingling with finely chopped onions, garlic, and colorful bell peppers. A symphony of flavors and colors unfolds, creating a savory dance in your kitchen.

The magic happens as you sprinkle in chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. The comforting aroma of a delicious meal fills your kitchen.

But we’re not done! Ingredients like black beans, corn, and diced tomatoes join the party in the skillet, forming a wholesome medley that turns this casserole into a flavor explosion.

Next, the cheese duo – cheddar and mozzarella – generously covers the mix, melting into a gooey, cheesy heaven. This creates a luscious layer that ties everything together.

And now, the grand finale – arrange frozen tater tots on top, creating a golden crown of crispy perfection. Pop it into the oven, and the transformation begins.

After about 45 minutes, a masterpiece emerges – a golden-brown casserole, bubbling with savory goodness. Allow it to rest for a while, letting the flavors settle before you dive in.

Cowboy Casserole is more than a dish; it’s a mood-lifting experience. With each delightful bite, feel the warmth and satisfaction only a comforting, homemade meal can bring. It’s not just dinner; it’s a culinary journey that leaves smiles on every face at the table. Enjoy the simple joy of good food with Cowboy Casserole – a masterpiece of flavors and textures.

Cowboy Casserole

Cowboy Casserole

Savor comfort with Cowboy Casserole—a symphony of beef, veggies, and crispy tater tots. Ground beef, beans, corn, and tomatoes create a savory base, topped with cheddar, mozzarella, and golden tots. Ready in 75 mins, it's a mood-lifting masterpiece that transcends the ordinary.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 450 kcal


  • Large skillet
  • Baking dish (9×13 inches)
  • Mixing bowls
  • Wooden spoon or spatula


  • 1.5 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 1 can (15 oz) corn drained
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 bag 32 oz frozen tater tots


  • Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Brown the Beef: In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Drain any excess fat.
  • Sauté Vegetables: Add chopped onions, minced garlic, and diced bell pepper to the skillet. Sauté until the vegetables are tender.
  • Season the Mixture: Stir in chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Mix well to combine the flavors.
  • Add Beans, Corn, and Tomatoes: Add drained black beans, corn, and diced tomatoes to the skillet. Mix everything together and let it simmer for 5-7 minutes.
  • Layer in Baking Dish: Transfer the beef and vegetable mixture to a greased 9×13-inch baking dish. Spread it evenly in the dish.
  • Cheese Layer: Sprinkle both cheddar and mozzarella cheese over the beef and vegetable mixture.
  • Tater Tot Topping: Arrange the frozen tater tots evenly over the cheese layer, creating a crispy topping for the casserole.
  • Bake: Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 40-45 minutes or until the tater tots are golden brown and the casserole is bubbly.
  • Rest and Serve: Allow the casserole to rest for about 10 minutes before serving. This helps to set the dish and makes it easier to cut into portions.


  1. Customize the recipe by adding your favorite spices or adjusting the cheese quantities.
  2. You can use a combination of ground beef and ground pork for added flavor.
  3. Make it spicier by adding diced jalapeños or a dash of hot sauce.
  4. Serve with a side of sour cream, guacamole, or salsa for extra indulgence.
  5. This casserole can be prepared ahead and refrigerated. Just bake when ready to serve.
Keyword Beef Casserole, Comfort Food, Cowboy Casserole
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Erika Herbert
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