Feeding a crew on a budget? Check out this warm, hearty and easy recipe for Crock-Pot Cowboy Casserole. It is sure to please even your hungriest cowboys!
Slow Cooker Cowboy Casserole
While doing a bit of organizing of my recipes and cookbooks this past weekend I came across this recipe from my grandmother. While I don’t remember ever eating it before it sounded yummy so I thought I would give it a try to see how it turned out.
The consensus from the crew…”Pretty tasty mom!”
And it was super easy to make as well so no complaints from me.
I have no idea why this recipe is called cowboy casserole. But considering I am in Wyoming and have seen the rancher’s wives come in to town to do their shopping (4 + carts of groceries at a time) I assume they need to feed them cowboys something hearty and filling and probably something that is not too expensive to make.
We are not cowboys…but feeding our crew of 6 requires those same sort of ideas for dinner. So this recipe is a winner!
Equipment Needed For Crock-Pot Cowboy Casserole Recipe:
- 6 Quart, 6.5 Quart Or 7 Quart Slow Cooker
- Large Skillet
- Wooden Spoon
- Can Opener
- Cutting Board
- Measuring Spoons
Frequently Asked Questions
You can use just about any type of canned or pre-cooked beans in this cowboy casserole recipe. While the recipe calls for kidney beans, other types of beans such as black beans, pinto beans, navy beans or cannelloni beans will work great in this recipe. One reader even reported using chili beans which would add some additional flavor to the casserole.
If you have leftover cooked sliced or diced potatoes or leftover baked potatoes you can easily substitute them for the raw potatoes in this recipe. However because everything in the casserole will already be pretty much cooked before going in the slow cooker you will want to reduce the cooking time of this casserole in half and cook just until everything is warmed through and hot, then add the cheese and let it melt.
Some of our readers have mentioned that they have had great success adding other vegetables to this recipe such as corn, green beans and even chopped cabbage. So, while we have not tested this recipe using every vegetable out there, I think it is safe to suggest that you can add canned, frozen or fresh vegetables such as those mentioned (corn, green beans, or cabbage). Other vegetables that we think will work well with the flavors in this casserole would include carrots, peas, or peppers such as jalapenos, bell peppers, poblano peppers or diced canned green chilies.
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