4.67 from 42 votes
Cowboy Casserole
Easy Cowboy Casserole
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
55 mins

An easy Cowboy Casserole Recipe loaded ground beef, tater tots, and cheese! Perfect for weeknight family dinners and feeding a crowd.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cowboy Casserole
Servings: 8
Calories: 644 kcal
Author: Kelly Anthony
  • 2 pounds 80/20 ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes (preferably fire-roasted)
  • 1 1/2 cup low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 1/4 cup freshly grated Cheddar cheese
  • 1 (32 ounce) package of tater tots
  1. Preheat the oven to 375° and have ready a greased 9x13" casserole dish. 

  2. Add to ground beef, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to a  large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Break apart the meat, blending in the spices and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring often.

  3. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the beef to a bowl and set aside. Turn off the heat and carefully, spoon out all but a thin layer of grease and discard. Resume medium-high heat setting, add the diced onion and sauté 3-4 minutes, until softened.

  4. Add the beef back into the pan, along with crushed tomatoes, beef broth, and corn. Bring to a simmer.

  5. In a small bowl, mix together cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water, and stir into the beef mixture. Simmer 3-4 minutes until thickened. Turn off the heat and stir in sour cream and 1 cup of Cheddar cheese.

  6. Add half of the tater tots to the prepared casserole dish and pour over the beef mixture. Stir to combine. Top with the remaining tater tots and bake for 25 minutes, uncovered. 

  7. Add the Cheddar cheese and bake for 10 minutes more. Allow to cool slightly, serve, and enjoy.

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Nutrition Facts
Easy Cowboy Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 644 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 114mg38%
Sodium 1818mg79%
Potassium 1023mg29%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 1120IU22%
Vitamin C 15.2mg18%
Calcium 301mg30%
Iron 4.7mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.