Gift In A Jar Cowboy Casserole

Colleen Sowa


I love gifts in a jar!

When I give this gift, I put it in a basket with all the items needed to make the casserole (except the ground beef and cheese).

There are several single men that I make baskets for... and they really appreciate having everything along with the recipe... They only have to pick up the meat and cheese on the way home.

When I make this I do several at a time. I always have them on hand for a gift or for use at home! The grandchildren like to help their daddy make this.

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1 gift


10 Min



1 pkg
(1.5 ounce) brown gravy mix


2 Tbsp
taco seasoning mix
1 Tbsp
each: dried cilantro flakes, dried parsley flakes
3 Tbsp
dried minced onion
2 tsp
ground cumin
1 tsp
garlic powder
2 Tbsp
beef boullion
1/2 tsp
ground red pepper (optional)
1 tsp
chili powder


3 1/4 c
wagon wheel pasta

Directions Step-By-Step

Pour gravy mix into wide-mouth quart jar.
In a small bowl, mix together all the spices and the bouillon. Make a paper funnel or use a canning funnel to put the spice layer into the jar.
Pour the wagon wheel pasta into the jar. Place lid and ring onto jar.
Cut a piece of cloth in a circle that is 3 - 4 inches wider than the jar ring. (I use a pinking sheers to cut the material for a nice edging.
I use a rubber band to hold the cloth in place on the jar. Then I tie a pretty ribbon over the rubber band and attach the recipe card that has a hole in it to put the ribbon through. Then tie a pretty bow.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
The gift tag/ recipe card:

Cowboy Casserole

In a large skillet: Brown and cook well 1-1/2 pounds ground beef. Drain.
Add the ingredients in the jar to the skillet.
Add 4 cups water
Add 1 cup chunky salsa
Add 1 (15 ounce) can black beans
Add 1 (15 ounce) can Mexican Corn (drained)
Stir together well. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Either use cooking spray or oil to put a thin layer on 9 x 13 -inch baking pan. Pour the well stirred mixture into baking pan.
Cover baking pan tightly with aluminum foil. Bake for 65 to 75 minutes (or until pasta is cooked and tender). Remove foil.
Add 1-1/4 cups shredded cheddar cheese over the top of the casserole.
Return to the oven for about 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted.

Makes 10 servings.

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Other Tag: Quick & Easy