My take on a cowboy casserole, super simple weeknight dinner win

As a mom and wife of notoriously picky eaters, I’m always looking for new recipes that my family will eat. My daughter is 4 now and she loves veggies and such, but, she’s not big on some stuff I make, and I am certainly not a ‘short order cook’ type of mom, I’m more of a ‘you get what you get’ type of mom. So, that being said, I am always looking for new recipes that my little family will eat without too much of a fight. I saw a video on facebook (I think) that was a recipe for a ‘cowboy casserole’ and I, of course, did not save the recipe. So, I decided to look on pinterest for a recipe and I found several. BUT, I didn’t have all the ingredients for any of them and grocery day is Wednesday in our house sooooo, I made up my own version of it. Now, it’s mostly a little bit of all of them, and it’s not THAT different except for a few ingredients, (mostly the seasonings). Also, I had my in laws, my sister in law and her boyfriend, in addition to my family try this out and it was ALL gone, zero left overs, that’s when I knew I had to share it with you guys. We almost always have left overs, especially if it’s not that great. Everyone loved it and I can’t wait to see what you guys think of it!

Cowboy Casserole


1 pound of ground beef

1 bag of frozen whole kernel corn

1 can of cream of chicken soup

1 medium size bag of frozen tater tots (I used the seasoned ones)

1/2 cup of sour cream

1 pound bag of shredded cheddar cheese -divided-

2 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp onion powder

2 tsp paprika

2 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper


Cook and crumble ground beef, add seasonings and brown well. Once cooked, combine the frozen corn, half the cheddar cheese, cream of chicken soup, and sour cream together and stir until well combined. Add the ground beef and combine well. Place in a 9×13 baking dish and top with the frozen tater tots. Places in the oven and bake at 350 for about 25-30 minutes or until tater tots are golden brown, remove from oven and add remaining cheddar cheese and bake for about 5 minutes or until cheese is well melted.


Notes: I served mine with green peas and it was wonderful, but, I think next time I will probably add a drained can of green peas into the casserole with the corn.

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