Cowboy Casserole Recipe

This easy and cheesy cowboy casserole recipe is the perfect dinner for busy nights. This simple, hearty casserole combines ground turkey, veggies, spices, crispy tater tots and lots of cheese. You could also make it with ground beef or ground chicken, too.

It’s so quick to layer in a casserole dish and pop in the oven to bake. For more casserole recipes your family will love, check out our awesome lasagna casserole and our vegetable casserole.

Cowboy Casserole in a Rectangle Casserole Dish

Cowboy Casserole in a Rectangle Casserole Dish

Ingredients for Cowboy Casserole

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 1/4 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 bag frozen Tater Tots
  • From the spice rack: garlic powder, onion powder, ground black pepper and chives

photo collage showing steps for making cowboy casserole

photo collage showing steps for making cowboy casserole

How to Make Cowboy Casserole

As you get started, you’ll want to preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Next, pour the tater tots in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Place in the oven and cook for 8 minutes. Remove them from the oven and transfer to a bowl. Then, turn your oven up to 425 degrees.

In a medium skillet, cook your onions until translucent. Then add the turkey. Cook for 5-6 minutes until it’s just done. Pour in the Rotel tomatoes and simmer until liquid has reduced.

Remove from heat and add sour cream, cream of mushroom soup, drained corn and half of your cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted.

Then pour the mixture in the bottom of the baking dish and then spread half the remaining shredded cheese on top.

Layer the tater tots on top, pressing them down into the mixture. Sprinkle the remainder of the cheese on top, along with the chives.

Cover and bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. Then uncover and bake for another 5-10 minutes.

Remove from the oven and serve.

Can You Freeze Cowboy Casserole?

Yes! Just be sure to store in a freezer safe, airtight container.

uncooked cowboy casserole in rectangle casserole dish

uncooked cowboy casserole in rectangle casserole dish

What to Serve with this dish:

Since this casserole is such a great all in one dinner, I usually keep the sides easy too. The recipe has potatoes and corn already so I usually make a nice side salad to go along with our cowboy casserole.

Try this easy caesar salad recipe, it’s a favorite! If you want an easy dessert idea, pair this meal with our blueberry cobbler.

cowboy casserole being served onto plates

cowboy casserole being served onto plates

The recipe is easy to put together, even on the busiest nights. Dinner rolls or yummy beer bread are great on the side. I know your family will love this cowboy casserole as much as mine does.

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Cowboy Casserole
  • 1 pound 93/7 ground turkey
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 can whole kernel corn drained
  • 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup undiluted
  • 1 1/4 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese divided
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chives
  • 1 bag frozen Kidfresh Totally Rockin Tots
  • Turn on your oven to 375?.

  • Pour the tater tots in the bottom of your 9×13 baking dish. Place in the oven and cook for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer to a bowl. Turn the oven up to 425.

  • In a medium skillet, cook your onions until translucent and add turkey. Cook for 5-6 minutes until turkey is just done. Pour in the rotel tomatoes and simmer until liquid has reduced.

  • Remove from heat and add sour cream, cream of mushroom soup, drained corn, 1/2 of your cheese. Stir until cheese is melted.

  • Pour the mixture in the bottom of you baking dish then spread 1/2 the reminder cheese on top.

  • Layer the tater tots on top, pressing them down into the mixture. Sprinkle with the rest of the cheese and chives.

  • Cover and bake at 425 for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 5-10 minutes.

  • Remove from oven and serve.

Calories: 359kcal

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Well, this recipe was a hit.

I think Ryan ate almost this entire cowboy casserole himself. You can’t go wrong with hearty ingredients, crispy tots smothered in cheese!

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