Cowboy Casserole

Over the last few months, we have had A LOT of friends have babies, most of them their firsts but many of them their second or even third child. It has been so exciting and my Facebook feed has been blowing up with adorable baby pictures (keep them coming, people)!

I say this because one of my favorite things to do for new parents is be able to bring them one meal that’s prepared and one meal that is frozen. This recipe is a great frozen meal! Like fantastic!! It can be given to other people or even frozen for your own household to eat on a later date. OR I guess you could always just make it to eat that night, too ;-P

As you will be able to tell, because of the lack of pictures, it is SUPER easy to prepare and SUPER inexpensive. The only thing not so easy is you have to wait an hour for cook time. If you are going to freeze it, just prepare it in an aluminum pan instead of a glass casserole dish. Good luck!

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 lb of Ground Beef
  • 1 can of Cream of Mushroom Soup NOTE: If you are making this for a gluten-free family, go ahead and get the organic, gluten-free cream of mushroom. I’ve used it for this recipe and it works like a charm
  • 1 package of Frozen Peas (OR 1 can)
  • 1 lb bag of Tater Tots
  • 1-1 ½ cups of Cheddar Cheese (just depends on how much you want/like)
  • Seasoning to taste

Couple Easy Steps And You’re Done:

Preheat the oven to 325°. Spray a baking dish with non-stick spray (either glass if you are preparing right away, or aluminum if freezing).

Cook the ground beef in a small pot or skillet, drain the extra fat and put back into pot or skillet. NOTE: I’ve found using a small pot is easiest.


Stir in the Cream of Mushroom soup and the frozen peas. Make sure to add any seasoning if you want.


Pour the mixture into the baking dish and spread evenly around the bottom, then sprinkle some cheese on top.

Arrange the tater tots on top. You could just pour them on top, I guess, but I prefer the arranging. Then add some cheese on top of the tots.


Bake for 1 hour, let it cool for about 5 minutes and then enjoy!! This meal is even well-rounded because it has meat (beef), a “side dish” (tater tots) and a veggie (peas). YAY!!


The recipe card can be found here: Cowboy Casserole Recipe Card


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