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Cowboy Casserole Recipe

Cowboy Casserole Recipe

This quick and creamy Tater Tot bake is great comfort food, especially on a cold night. —Donna Donhauser, Remsen, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:2 servings


  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 can (8-3/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2/3 cup condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups frozen Tater Tots


  • 1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink. Stir in the corn, soup, 1/4 cup cheese, milk, sour cream, onion powder and pepper.
  • 2. Place 1 cup Tater Tots in a greased 3-cup baking dish. Layer with beef mixture and remaining Tater Tots; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, 20-25 minutes or until bubbly. Yield: 2 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 714 calories, 38g fat (15g saturated fat), 120mg cholesterol, 1675mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 6g fiber), 37g protein.

Reviews for Cowboy Casserole

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sarah2830 User ID: 2581651 250483
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2016

"Very good dish..Next time, I will thaw the tater tots beforehand to cut the baking time down & use Cream of Onion soup for added flavor.."

katecrid47 User ID: 7098019 248397
Reviewed May. 19, 2016

"The whole family loved this. It was quick and easy to put together. I did double the recipe for 4 servings. I had to bake it a few minutes longer as we like our taters crispy but it came out great. Thanks for sharing!"

suzyk727 User ID: 1707513 246637
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2016

"I always double this & cook ground beef with onions & garlic... Sometimes peppers & mushrooms. I also use a can of condensed bean & bacon soup & a can of cream of mushroom soup. Also bake at 400 for about 30 minutes as we like the tots crispy!"

christyhow User ID: 8799653 245220
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2016

"I love this recipe I make it for pot lucks but this past week I made it for a cabin of 18 and I read all the bland comments and thought I can't take that. So I got creative I put garlic in it of course. Then fiesta corn more sweet corn, kidney beans, black beans yeah it's a lot of extras but it was probably a triple recipe and probably weighted 15 lbs lol I couldn't carry it. But it fed a lot of folks and even got a call after we got home did you have any extras, why yes I had also made my daughter a pan while she was home for the weekend and of course she didn't eat it lol SUPER SUCCESS!!!!!!"

Boxersbecky User ID: 7789341 218042
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2015

"Family favorite but I double this recipe 4 times and put in a 11x13 pan!"

cooksuk User ID: 7314556 116161
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2014

"Good but definitely needed a bit of extra flavour. I added brown sauces and beef powder.

Also, I would let the tater tops thaw a little first as they weren't quite cooked when the casserole was ready!"

crystal24 User ID: 2396269 142197
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2014

"My family loves it! I use the whole can of soup, and add some French fried onions on top during the last 15 min of cooking. Great comfort dish in the winter!"

lizardboy User ID: 6633130 95034
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2014

"my whole family enjoyed it a lot super delicous"

backwoodscooker User ID: 7744359 179886
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2014

"It was very bland. It needs somes spices like salt, onion powder, garlic powder, etc. But other than that it was very good and I plan to make it again with alot of added spices."

fechtnerfamily User ID: 7692851 106371
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2014

"this is tator tot hotdish with sour cream and cheese"

Rebecca311 User ID: 7675131 91657
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2014

"You can use Cream of Onion soup instead of Onion Powder also. Or mix the Cream of Onion and The Cream of chicken soup."

redmonc1 User ID: 3906907 175460
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2014

"Good easy meal."

amygerman15 User ID: 6030819 102872
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2013

"All family members liked."

jstowellsupermom User ID: 7101358 163924
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2013

"My family loved this! I stirred in a can of green beans for some extra veggie & color! A simple, easy meal perfect for busy week nights!"

SSSlk User ID: 7270728 158848
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2013

"It's a keeper for my family! My family of 6: two adults, two teens, two grade-schoolers were all pleased with this recipe. Of course we had to triple it to feed us for one dinner. Though the recipe was good to start out with, the next time we'll be adding green chiles, chopped onions, and maybe some other spices to add more flavor."

SouthernMiss83 User ID: 7419348 158847
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2013

"For a less mushy casserole I fried my taters and instead of tater tots I used Baby Cakes Mini Hasbrowns by McCains. Either way the fry gives it more crunch. In addition to that, for extra flavor I added 2 tsp garlic, 1 tsp salt, 2 tbsp onion powder, 2 tbsp paprika and upped the amount of pepper to 1 tsp. For extra kick I added 1/8 tsp chilli powder."

sarahsmommywest User ID: 991513 91655
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2013

"My family loves this!!!"

bbellito User ID: 1967423 91644
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2013

"My husband thought this was ok but I did not care for it at all. I found it to be tasteless and the potatoes were mushy. It needed more time in the oven to heat through. I would not make this again."

redteetop User ID: 2072156 102865
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2013

"very bland if using cream of chicken soup. I would suggest following tater tot casserole and use soy sauce."

fllguy1320 User ID: 5411871 91642
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2013

"How on earth did this recipe come up with 1,675 mg of sodium and 38 g of fat for just one serving? most of this must come from the Tater Tots because there is not very much other ingredients that could do that."

CWeise User ID: 3237653 106370
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2012

"This is the kind of recipe I like the most - quick, easy, and yummy."

arcticbabe2006 User ID: 2538114 161341
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2012

"I'm making this tonight and it just sounds scrumptious! I will add some chopped onion and omit the onion powder for added texture and I'm also using shredded hasbrowns instead of tater tots. Looking forward to this!"

Limpingalong User ID: 6304538 106369
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2012

"Made this recipe with a few "tweaks" for dinner this evening. I omitted the sour cream (just didn't have any,) used 1 lb beef, full can of Cream of Mushroom, no milk, added chopped onions and bell peppers to the grown beef when it was browning, omitted the onion power and pepper. My family loved it! My Granddaughter asked if I would make it as part of our Christmas dinner."

Feen User ID: 1925557 91639
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2012

"Yummy. I doubled the recipe and it fit fine in a 9x13" pan. Doubling it allowed me to use one lb. ground meat (I used turkey), one can of soup, one bag tater tots and one 16 oz. bag frozen corn... much easier than having leftover ingredients cluttering up my fridge/freezer. I added some leftover black beans and cut down on the sodium by using frozen corn and "healthy" soup and it still tasted fine. I think the addition of some diced tomatoes would be good. Overall we liked it very much and will definitely make it again!"

wyomingwild User ID: 1506196 175636
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2012

"This is comfort food at it's best. Calorie counting , healthy eating , and watching all the non healthy things is a day to day given, BUT now and then you just HAVE to indulge. Life is short, enjoying and indulging now and then is healthy, watching the fat and the calories will keep til tomorrow, just like the cobwebs."

Lanaf User ID: 6181681 175458
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2012 Edited Sep. 1, 2016

"I have made this recipe several times - it replaced my old Tater tot hotdish! I do use half cream of chicken soup, and half cream of mushroom soup add onion and garlic to the ground beef when browning. Delish!"

Twwo User ID: 6253342 175632
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2012

"I also added a can of red kidney beans and a can of black beans..."

mamamaralyn User ID: 6772153 163922
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2012

"Quick, easy, tasty"

mamamaralyn User ID: 6772153 108037
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2012

"Quick, easy, tasty and "Comfort food"

Grandkids enjoyed it too"

mamamaralyn User ID: 6772153 116160
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2012

"Quick, easy, tasty and "Comfort food""

Grapeangels User ID: 2672899 179884
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2012

"My kids liked it but the younger one thought it was too creamy. Everyone else devoured it without second thoughts."

ervinandmarie11 User ID: 4892478 158846
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2012

"Very good,and so easy.I added onion,green pepper,Lawry's,and a little garlic powder to the hamburger,when I was browning it.I substituted frozen kernel corn versus the canned.Also used more tator tots.It had a lot of flavor."

zilki User ID: 6349590 102864
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2012

"My husband and I LOVE this casserole! Good comfort food!"

cookingwithzest User ID: 6278208 163920
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2012

"Could use more spices for added excitement."

SUEYOX User ID: 6484904 95032
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2012


Travlnbard User ID: 259481 142196
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2012

"This was a great new dinner for my arsenal! The kids liked it with ketchup."

dkrupp User ID: 4179192 177308
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"My husband and I enjoy this recipe a lot and it gets requested often by others."

mom_of_twngrls User ID: 1482888 95030
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011

"I make this casserole at least once a month, it has become one of my families favorites!!"

lisasuej User ID: 6242381 177306
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2011

"I didn't think that this had a lot of flavor. I added 1/3 cup of chopped onions and 4 cloves of garlic, and 1 tsp of pepper, and still, it had the salty bland casserole taste. The predominant flavor was the tater tots. It is better than the standard green bean tater tot casserole though."

Cowgrl0025 User ID: 3538925 175457
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2011

"Easy & good! My kids enjoyed this version much better than the green bean version! I have been requested to make this again soon!"

cowboysweetpea User ID: 5693454 95008
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2011


D Ringhoffer User ID: 1694976 163919
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2011

"I made this for a church potluck breakfast. I used bulk Italian Sausage instead of hamburger. It was very good. Everyone loved it. It was really good reheated the next day. Will try it with hamburger too for a regular potluck meal. Very easy to make."

Mamma Fish User ID: 5934650 179883
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2011

"Liked the merging of the flavors. Used the mini-tator tots; liked them because they didn't dominate the dish like the regular sized ones can."

Puddlejumper User ID: 5734993 175630
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2011

"My family really enjoyed this. I added a few spices. 1/2 tsp cumin, 1 tsp dried mustard powder and 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes. I will definitely make this again."

Alie78 User ID: 5931255 108036
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2011

"Made this for my family last night. I put cheddar cheese soup instead of the cream of chicken and left out the shredded cheese as well.

i do not eat any meats except seafood, so i did not eat this dish, but my family absolutely loved it."

cj1blue User ID: 5270620 174066
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2011

"Wonderfully simple and really tasty! Next time I will double the ingredients and make an extra to freeze for later."

tastydog1 User ID: 1409588 175623
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2011

"Sounds like the one I make only the tater tots are only on top. I brown the hamberger with onion and garlic. Drain, Spread in 8 by 8 pan, pour chicken soup over hamberger then add the cheese, then place the tatertots on top. Bake until tatertots are golden brown. After it comes out of the oven, let it sit for a few minutes and it should not be runny when you cut it."

nanalinda5355 User ID: 3460022 91632
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2011

"This was yummy, but I have made it for years using green beans and mushroom soup instead and I think I like it better. Was a nice change though!"

nursechef User ID: 4715518 210177
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2011

"Super easy and inexpensive! I doubled everything but the corn. Baked in a 9 x13 pan for 30-35 minutes at 375. The leftovers as others have said are awesome!"

RDHboise User ID: 5913490 158845
Reviewed May. 21, 2011

""This is a Keeper" everyone said. Family of 3 boys so I double it and added garlic powder the second time. Great leftovers if I get it put away fast enough."

LLMom123 User ID: 5650121 142194
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"The whole family really enjoyed this. I will add it to the monthly rotation!"

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 175456
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

"I liked this - it was easy and had a good flavor - but my 5 year decidedly did not. I made as the recipe directed, except I seasoned the meat with Adobo instead of pepper and onion powder. I would probably layer all the tater tots on top if I were to make it again and maybe add some onions and peppers for some added veggies."

oxfordmom User ID: 1932321 161340
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

"I used venison that had been cut for stew meat instead of ground beef. It was delicious!

We are a family with two teenage boys and one ten year old boy so I definitely doubled the ingredients. Based on some of the previous reviews I did NOT double the milk. And I probably used more than double the cheese as I didn't really measure I just added until it looked right.
Our store was out of regular Tater Tots so I used the onion variety. No one complained ! I also used frozen corn instead of canned. Baked it up in a 9" x 13" for about 40 minutes.
Will definitely make again."

tlcloves2camp User ID: 3363598 161337
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

"My family loves this. I added sauted onions in place of the onion powder. This reheats wonderful so you can have it for lunches or dinner without it drying out."

spradl User ID: 1306830 175455
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2010

"I recently retired but wife is still working. I triple this recipe and it comes out great. She appreciates a meal when she gets home. Left overs are wonderful, also."

S.Clawson User ID: 4906187 116154
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2010

"My daughtr made this. It was easy to make and yummy"

mamabear223 User ID: 5434065 91631
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2010

"I make it x4 in a 13x9 so we have a hot lunch all week. Everyone loves it!"

sbswann1 User ID: 4836677 142193
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2010

"My husband loves!!! this recipe."

sbaugus User ID: 5488736 102861
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2010

"I've made this twice now and doubled the recipe so we would have leftovers. Good stuff and good comfort food!"

srosemoore User ID: 5531892 174065
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2010

"This was great!! Made for my family of five so I doubled the recipie, and also added 4 oz. of cream cheese to make it extra creamy!! Everyone loved it!!"

johnsen User ID: 2755435 102857
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2010

"added full can of soup, more tater tots. excellent"

meganshakes User ID: 4295286 95006
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2010

"I doubled everything in the recipe and it tasted great, but was a little runny. Also, we decided it needs more tater tots. Next time, I won't double the milk, and maybe triple the tater tots. Super easy and tasty!"

mommyenterprises User ID: 5378464 175452
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2010

"I made this for my family and everyone really liked it. I used double the meat, cheese and tater tots and it came out great. No leftovers!"

Loralee61 User ID: 2400353 163918
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2010

"I am wondering.. Did anyone else think it made more than 2 servings? Also, I didn't have corn so I used green beans. Family said that worked as well!"

tonyalao User ID: 2075584 163917
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2010

"This is a wonderful recipe, reminded me of shepherd's pie. I did tweak it some - I added a dash of cayenne, used the entire can of soup and doubled all of the other ingredients but the corn - and cooked it for 30 min. in a 2 qt. casserole dish. Mmmm mmmm!"

LKalfrin User ID: 3063850 175413
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2010

"My family loved it! I dbled the recipe and it made plenty of leftovers which was even better the day afterwards."

Paula 86 User ID: 5361704 163915
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2010

"Husband loved it and it was so easy! It was even better the next day!"

odetobeauty User ID: 2159789 106299
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2010

"This is great, we loved it! Added a larger can of corn, more tots and cheese, yummy! Makes a lot, but it does make good leftovers."

fgilbreth User ID: 1409073 91616
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2010

"Husband loved this, and it's so easy!"

tallman User ID: 310373 106298
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2010

"this dish is so good. the seasonings give it a wonderful taste. it is very filling. the best part is there is plenty for leftovers! this is definitely going into the recipe box!"

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