Cowboy casserole is a simple to make, creamy, delicious dinner dish that will keep the whole family happy on those busy and chaotic nights!
Keyword: Casserole, Ground Beef, tater tots
Author: Jennifer Fishkind
½medium yellow oniondiced
110-ounce canRotel tomatoesnot drained
115.25- ounce canwhole kernel corndrained
110.5-ounce can condensed cream of mushroom soupundiluted
1½cupsColby and Monterey Jack cheeseshredded, divided
¼tspground black pepper
132-ounce bagtater tots
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Lightly spray the bottom of a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Place the tater tots in the dish and pre-bake for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer to a bowl.
Turn the oven up to 425 degrees.
In a large skillet cook your onions and ground beef until beef is no longer pink and onions are tender.
Pour in the Rotel tomatoes, garlic powder, onion powder and black pepper. Cook until the liquid has reduced, about 8 minutes.
Remove from the heat and add sour cream, cream of mushroom soup, drained corn, ½ cup of cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted.
Pour the mixture into the bottom of the baking dish and spread evenly.
Sprinkle ½ cup of cheese over the top of the casserole.
Layer the tater tots on top pressing them down into the mixture.
Sprinkle the remaining ½ cup of cheese over the top of the tater tots.
Sprinkle the chopped chives over the cheese.
Cover and bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes.
Remove from oven and serve.
Pay super close attention to the ingredients above whether or not you should drain or not drain any of the canned ingredients! If you accidentally do the opposite, it will change the overall consistency and end product of your casserole!
Pro-Tip: It is not absolutely necessary that you bake the tater tots before putting them in the casserole. As long as they are thawed out, they will cook in the oven regardless. However, I highly recommend if you have the time, adding this easy step because they will turn out so much better! They will be far crunchier and crispier.