Cowboy Casserole


  • 32 ounces Tater Tots
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup onions and peppers mix, from the frozen section
  • 10 ounces Ro*Tel tomatoes
  • 2 cups corn kernels
  • 10.5 ounces cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 2 cups Cheddar, shredded
  • 1 cup sour cream


  • Place Tater Tots in a greased pan and put them in a 425F oven for about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  • Add the ground beef and onions & peppers mix to a skillet. Cook until the meat is no longer pink.
  • Add the Ro*Tel and simmer for 5 minutes to let the extra liquid evaporate.
  • Remove from heat and stir in sour cream, cream of mushroom soup, corn, and ½ cup of cheese.
  • Stir until blended.
  • Spoon into the bottom of a greased 13×9 inch baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with 3/4 cup of the remaining cheese.
  • Top with the Tater Tots, arranging them in a single layer.
  • Cover with the remaining cheese.
  • Cover the pan with aluminum foil.
  • You can stop at this point and put the casserole in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Bake at 425F for 20 minutes. Remove aluminum foil.
  • Bake 10 more minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
  • Serve hot.


  • You can make cowboy casserole in your slow cooker. Just spray the inside with non-stick spray, layer the ingredients like you would for the casserole dish, cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
  • Put this together this up to 3 days ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to bake and serve.
  • You can also freeze the baked casserole, tightly covered, for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in your refrigerator and bake as directed.
  • Make this even more budget friendly by stretching it with a can of Ranch style, pinto or black beans. Just add with the corn. Drain the black or pinto beans but leave the sauce on the Ranch style if you’re using those.
  • No Tater Tots? Use mashed potatoes, au gratin potatoes, or cornbread batter over the top!
  • Make this is small, foil tart pans or mini-loaf pans and freeze for individual sized servings. Perfect for those times when everyone in the entire family is going in different directions.

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