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


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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

How to Make Gift In A Jar Cowboy Casserole


  • 1Pour gravy mix into wide-mouth quart jar.
  • 2In 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.
  • 3Pour the wagon wheel pasta into the jar. Place lid and ring onto jar.
  • 4Cut 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.
  • 5Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • 6The gift tag/ recipe card:

    Cowboy Casserole

    In a large skillet: Brown and cook well 1-1/2 pounds ground beef. Drain.
  • 7Add 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)
  • 8Stir 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.
  • 9Cover 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.
  • 10Return to the oven for about 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted.

    Makes 10 servings.

Printable Recipe Card

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