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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