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colorado cowboy casserole

(4 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Lisa Foote
Castle Pines, CO

Cowboy Casseroles have a long history and many varieties. I added a little spice to ours since we like our food with a little kick. It's a nice alternative to the standard casserole.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This is a great family meal with just enough flavor to not be a boring tater tot casserole. The meat layer is creamy and the Southwestern flavor isn't too strong - just perfect. The cheese and the tater tots tie it all together nicely. It's quick, easy, and really good for a family on a budget. Even a picky eater will love this!!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(4 ratings)
yield 6 serving(s)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For colorado cowboy casserole

  • 1 lb
    lean ground beef
  • 1 can
    cream of mushroom soup, 10.5 oz.
  • 1 c
    cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/3 c
    milk, any kind
  • 1 can
    mild green chilies, undrained, 4 oz.
  • 1 can
    corn, drained, 15.25 oz.
  • 1/2
    onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp
    garlic powder (or 2 cloves chopped fine)
  • 1/2 tsp
    sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper, ground
  • 1 tsp
    chili powder
  • 2 1/2 c
    tater tots

How To Make colorado cowboy casserole

  • Greasing a baking dish.
    Preheat over to 375 degrees. Grease a 2-quart casserole dish.
  • Browning ground beef.
    Brown ground meat, drain.
  • Onions, garlic, salt, pepper, and chili powder added to the browned beef.
    Add onions, garlic, salt, pepper, and chili powder and heat through. Remove from the stove.
  • Cream of mushroom soup, milk, drained corn, undrained chilis, and cheese added to the beef.
    Add cream of mushroom soup, milk, drained corn, undrained chilis, and 1/2 cup cheese to browned ground beef. Mix well.
  • Beef mixture poured into the casserole dish with shredded cheese.
    Put into the greased casserole dish. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup shredded cheese.
  • Tater tots on top of the meat.
    Top with tater tots (you may use more or less of the 2 1/2 cups, depending on the shape of your dish.) You can sprinkle more cheese on top if you prefer.
  • Baked casserole resting.
    Bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees until lightly brown and bubbly. Let rest for 5 minutes and serve.